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Saarthi – Providing vision for the visually impaired to help them live an empowered and independent life

TorchIt is an Indian upstart company working towards empowering the visually impaired community across the globe in leading more independent

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Mobility aiding devices were developed to aid visually impaired in identifying obstacles that they come across while walking. There are mobility aids which can help people with the impaired visual ability. Majorly visually impaired people use conventional canes for their mobility. The cane or walking stick is the simplest form of mobility aid. Conventional canes are not sufficient in providing the correct surrounding information at accurate time period consequently leads to difficulty in the mobility of visually impaired people. The visually impaired user using a conventional cane may use the cane in one direction while the obstacle may be in the other direction, also, cane may not guide the user about distant obstacles and the obstacles that may be above the ground level such as branch of tree which might injure him while walking even if he gets an idea of obstacles at ground level through the conventional cane. So, even with a due care while walking, there is always a risk of such in a wrong judgment in walking and the user may get misguided regarding the obstacles. This may result in an accident and thus one cannot fully rely on a conventional cane as an aid.

The idea originated by having empathy around the troubles faced by the blind / visually impaired persons in their day to day lives causing immense mental trauma for the person, their families and their well-wishers. The concerns cause them to be dependent on others thereby causing a lack of confidence and eventually leading them to stay unemployed. We started our journey of helping out the community by developing our initial product, 'Saarthi', which is an assistive mobility device that helps the blind / visually impaired in detecting an obstacle on their path with a 99.7% accuracy. Our vision is to touch the lives of more than 285 million visually impaired across the world with more than 70 millions of them in our own country.

Describe quienes utilizarían tu propuesta (1,000 caracteres) // Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Torchit envisions empowering the visually impaired community by removing their dependence over other people and providing a solution that would allow them to move out in the world freely and without any fear. With that vision at our heart, scale for us would always be an empowered visually impaired community across the world which also would include serving 285 million customers across the world with a range of products that would help them live a comfortable yet independent and empowered life.

Describe la etapa de desarrollo de tu propuesta // Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Implementada: ya ha implementado su solución y está explorando nuevos casos de uso. // Fully Scaled - you have already scaled your solution and are exploring new use cases

Platícanos acerca de tu equipo o compañía (500 caracteres) // Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Hunny Bhagchandani, who is the founder of the company comes with an experience in material & project management; Adani Wilmar; where he implemented and monitored 3-5 projects. Mohit Chelani who serves as another team member comes from a Diverse background of handling projects of implementation and monitoring of credit proposals, technological advancements and process outsourcing for Indian and Global companies. Senior adviser, Dr. Bhushan Punani who serves as the Executive Director of BPA.

Tamaño de tu equipo o compañía // Size of your team or organization

  • 11-50

Fondos // Funding Request

  • $50,000

Presupuesto aproximado (500 caracteres) // Rough Budget (500 Characters)

$70,000 : Almost 55% of the budget shall be accumulated towards awareness building, Pilot distribution on 500 People and collecting feedback for product development, a 15-20% shall be attributable to product development and 10% shall be attributable towards campaigning, partnerships and alliance development and the rest shall be miscellaneous expenses for travel, lodging and keeping operations up-float.

Describe cómo usaras los fondos para tu proyecto piloto (1000 caracteres) // Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We would majorly using the funds for initially awareness building around the product, further we would ask the initial lot of stakeholders to test them and provide modifications or alterations needed. Once we have developed the final version as per the needs of the community we shall actively campaigning around the country to popularize the product and increase the level of impact. The pilot shall comprise of having to develop a final user centric version and then working on its acceptance and adaptability

Describe cómo medirías el éxito de tu piloto (1000 caracteres) // Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Independent Mobility; We have always tried to have the customer experience first and then backward integrated the tech to provide that, so even the current version of our product Saarthi that you see is the 18th prototype which has actually come about getting and integrating feedback from more than 2,000 blind users. We have sighted people have a bias in understanding that we know the problems blind people face so let’s add a camera, make an app but we soon realized through our feedback a simplistic and effective device was the need of the hour and that is what Saarthi became through multiple iterations. We intend to stay ahead from the competition again by sticking to our philosophy of designing tech based assistive aid which is simplistic, effective and affordable.

Plan de sostenibilidad (500 caracteres) // Sustainability Plan (500 Characters)

We have tried to keep all our devices in the affordable section with a strong sense of utility so that any individual with a need can buy them out of their own pockets or get them sponsored from their families. We shall also be working actively with corporates and govts to build an inclusive yet sustainable future for ourselves and the community.

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