In order to give equal opportunity for physically challenged students,the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay has come up with new facilities for the for the visually impaired at the Central Library in the Powai campus.
According to a statement from IIT Bombay, the facilities installed include modern aids and appliances such as the latest version of the Jaws-screen reading software, Plextalk pocket daisy player and recorder, Perkins smart Brailler, Braille embosser/printer, Kuzwell or Open book scan and read software, Zoom X or Pearl- document camera-works as instant reader, Sangeeta Software to convert txt files into mp3 files, Eye-Pal Rol portable scanners and readers and Prkins standard Brailler.
IIT-B director Devang Khakhar has expressed delight over the action. He siad that the Centre has taken a positive move towards social inclusion and hinted at the possibility of individual facilities for each visually- challenged student in future.
On the other hand, in an attempt to bridge the gap between emerging technology and emergent users through a bottom-up approach, the students of the Industrial Design Center of the IIT-B have in collaboration with Swansea University of Britain developed a 'physical web' for residents of the Dharavi slums to help them promote their business.
As a part of Google's Internet of Things Technology Research Award, this project was carried out. And as a part of the project, 100 devices called 'beacons' provided by Google are being deployed in the largest slum in Asia in the heart of the megapolis.
In the first phase of this plan, 30 shops in Dharavi are being connected to the physical web through these beacons.