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One Touch At A Time - May 2009

One Touch At A Time - May 2009

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A few weeks ago, I had requested for Catalysts forSocial connect activities in MindTree. At the end of a stupendous 10 day period, we had almost 280people stepping forward.After detailed review of these responses, we identi-fied 30+ Catalysts across 17 locations to help drive the first round of the program.These Catalysts come with a lot of prior experiencein such activities and are extremely committed to this program. They are now in the process of identifying the right social connect activity inyour respective locations. Once they are done, they will call for volunteers to be involved in these activities locally.We will profile a few of these catalysts in eachof our coming issues. When they seek outvolunteers in your location, do support themwith enthusiastic response!!!... Raja
Last month, we had read about the excit-ing path that led Jude to the development
of the solution to meet Pooja’s needs. This
month, I am profiling another AT program that we are executing.In this project, the technology belongs to a third party. However, they have been fac-ing issues in building this product tomake it available to the users in volumes.
Now, MindTree’e product engineering ca-
pabilities are being utilized to make thispossible. In the first stage, our systemengineering, hardware design, testing anddebugging capabilities have come inhandy to independently build this productin our labs.In Stage 2, we will leverage our eco sys- tem partners for industrial design, volumemanufacturing, packaging and deliveryetc.Many such technologies have been devel-oped by premier institutes like IITs across the country. They need significant support to get them off the labs and make themavailable to the people on the streets.If we can successfully execute the com-plete lifecycle for ADITI, we have the op-portunity to bring out many more suchproducts to the market in collaborationwith these institutions.
… Raja Shanmugam
Assistive Technology 
Part 2
Brief Summary 1 ADITI - Assistive Tech-nology 2Know your Catalysts 4Seven Deadly Sins 5
One Touch at a Time 
1.June.2009 Volume 1 Issue 4
This product connects to the USB port of either PC or other devices and getsrecognized as a Human Interface Device or Mouse. Each activation of the de-
vice is recognized as a ―Click‖ of a mouse button.
 It works well in conjunction with a software called HOPE, where the cursorblock moves over a set of letters. When the device is activated as the cursormoves over the letter, it selects the letter. (
We willtalk about HOPE in a later issue
Ownership of Technology:
IIT Chennai (its Socially Relevant Product Scheme) + Chetana Trust (run by Prof Anil Prabhakar and his wife )
Market Relevance:
The product can be made and sold @ less than INR 750/-. (US$ 15). This makes it one of the most affordable devicesin this segment.Since there are practically
this overcomes one of the most critical failure issues of theconventional and costly jelly bean switches
which break down quickly under rough treatment.Due to the form factor and touch-less characteristics, this can be fitted at different places/ angles on the wheelchairs, etc to provides convenient access to the client.Touch-less means no pressure needs to be applied on the switch
this could mean immense savings in energy andless fatigue.
Uniqueness of this product:
It acts as a touch-less interface. This product recognizes if an object is brought closer to the antenna surface. It senses thisand generates a click. This click can be generated either when the object comes closer or moves away. The distance atwhich the object can be sensed is also controllable. This mouse click is used to select various options on a corresponding platform which uses single click for selection.
Target Users:
This product is useful for people with severe muscular and mobility limitations. Especially, many people affected by Cere-bral Palsy have even their restricted to mobility limited some specific parts of their body
for example, head, feet, knees,etc. These people cannot operate even the Jelly Bean switches normally used by people with muscular disabilities to inter-act with computers.For example, in one case in Chennai, this is fixed to the headrest of a Wheel Chair
the girl activates the mouse a by mov-
ing her head…(
Incidentally, she has completed B.Com and is doing her Chartered Accountancy course! How is that for 
overcoming adversity…)
Assistive technology 
Page 2
fully assembled andready for operation
Newsletter Title
1. Replace the obsolete Mouse Controller with an alternate, current, low cost mouse controller2. Re-design the system to reduce size and cost.3. Design a different type of enclosure which can be easily manufactured4. Build more prototypes and make it ready for manufacture.5. Set up production, sale, shipment process with a vendor for volume production
Team: Ravindra Munvar, Bhushan Shripad Barve, Manjunath Chinnappa, SivaT Sankari
Current Status:
The team has independently assembled an ADITI System and tested it. MindTree has integrated Aditi with HOPE system onan embedded Platform. This has also helped in cleaning up the Bill of Materials and schematics and making them current.
Interesting facts:
When building the system, the team struggled to make the system work for quite a few days. While almost all the testing was fine as expected, the system was still not getting recognized by the PC as a USB device. It was finally found that theUSB cable that the team used caused a voltage drop
which caused the mouse controller not to communicate properlywith the PC. Once the cable was replaced by a better one, this was resolved.
Prof Anil’s team had built an unique mounting arrangement—
using common Electrical Conduits - the kind that your electri-cian fits at home. After repeated visits to various vendors, we were able to procure it. Using this conduit for mounting will bea challenge when we plan to build more units.
Page 3 Volume 1 Issue 4
This Technology  was first patented  for use in a Musical Instrument!!!
 when the musician  waves his arms like  a conductor, the  device will play  different tunes and  tempos 
Till now, a few prototypes of this product has been assembled by the Lab techni-
cian at Prof. Anil’s labs.
However, there is a very high requirement for this. An NGO in Chennai would like to
source this product in 100’s of numbers. This is impossible for the lab to handle.
MindTree is working with Prof. Anil to productize the solution and also enable vol-ume production through its access to ecosystem partners.
Naveen K

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