TranscribeGlass is one of the only assistive devices for the deaf that displays captions in real time on a heads up display in the user's field of vision
TranscribeGlass will be sold at Rs. 4,000 ($56) - 1/20th the average pair of hearing aids, 1/15th the average smart glass and 1/100th the cost of a cochlear implant.
TranscribeGlass is a retrofit smart glass. No need for surgeries, implants, or devices inside or on your ear. Simply snap-on the device to any spectacle frames!
Madhav Lavakare is a young entrepeneur from New Delhi, India. He has always had a passion for tinkering and creating. Madhav has been an innovator from the time he was a young child, and has a keen eye for solving problems.
With TranscribeGlass, he aims to solve the biggest problem he's tackled yet : bridging the communication gap between the deaf community and mainstream society.
He has envisioned, designed, and prototyped TranscribeGlass from scratch over the course of two years, facing and overcoming several (yet not all) challenges.
Dr. Kyle Keane
Dr. Kyle Keane is a lecturer at MIT where he teaches Principles and Practices of Assistive Technology - a senior capstone engineering course that pairs small teams of students with community members with disabilities to collaboratively co-design and prototype technology to help them accomplish an activity more independently. He is also an AI Research Scientist at MIT's Quest for Intelligence.
Dr. Keane is one of the founders of the Humanistic Co-design Initiative - an organization dedicated to helping establish local communities of practice that co-design assistive technologies that are suitable for the local economic, social, and cultural context. Dr. Keane has extensive expertise in digital and physical accessibility, and has been involved in disability advocacy his entire life after being born with the degenerative eye condition Retinitis Pigmentosa.
Matthew has spent his career in the technology industry in various roles. He is currently at ThoughtWorks, building teams and products for their clients. As a disability champion, he sees inclusive technology as essential to help create a socially and economically just world.
Matthew is a trustee of Stagetext, a UK charity that provides captioning and live subtitling services to cultural events and venues. He is also a trustee of Scope, the disability equality charity in the UK helping them to collaborate with tech companies to make the digital world more inclusive. He's on Scope's Big Hack Advisory Board to encourage and embrace inclusive design as a culture and practice.
Matthew was born deaf.
Prof P.V.M Rao
P. V. Madhusudhan Rao is a chair professor in the department of mechanical engineering and head of the Design Department at IIT Delhi. He is a co-founder of the AssisTech lab which works towards development of assistive technologies for empowerment of the differently-abled.
Tina Saighal is the founder of Sanket Foundation, a non-profit for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People in India. She is hard of hearing and has professional experience of over 15 years as an architect in India and then as a venture development consultant at a private equity firm in London. She has served on the board of trustees of the Royal Association for the Deaf People (RAD), in London for over 5 years.
Suman Saraf, CTO of BlueStacks, is passionate about bringing cutting-edge technologies to market, based on in-depth insight and extensive hands-on experience that he has gained building large-scale production systems.
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This wouldn't have been possible without the 43 people who contributed to our crowdfunding campaign on Ketto! We appreciate you: