Eradicate avoidable blindness through speedy detection of Cataract using a smart snap-on for mobiles, eliminating the need for any trained clinician. Its inexpensive, self-diagnostic, portable, accurate and already validated. EyeCatra.com
Vision loss prevents millions of people from living full, independent lives. It is a key driver of illiteracy and poverty, and carries with it a significant societal stigma. Cataract is the leading cause of avoidable blindness worldwide. In India, 32% of avoidable blindness cases are due to cataracts. With only 1 ophthalmologist per 100,000 people, most of the cases go undetected due to lack of doctors.
Aulus Mobile introduces CATRA, a new solution from the MIT Media Lab to detect and quantify cataracts with a compact eyepiece attached to a cell phone. With no moving parts and built from off-the-shelf components, our solution is well suited for the developing world. Retrofitting ~4 billion mobile phones out there with the cost of just $4.99, CATRA enables a portable self-evaluation eye diagnostic for use at home, schools, pharmacies, retail stores, health clinics, rural eye camps, or anywhere an opthamologist is unavailable or too expensive. It has the possibility of bringing access to affordable and accurate eye diagnostics for hundreds of millions.
CATRA can reach the hands of Vision Guardians, on the lower level of L. V. Prasad Eye Institute's Eye Health Pyramid. LVPEI is one of the biggest centers for cataract surgery worldwide. Guardians are trained villagers that goes door-to-door to keep an eye on the eye health of around 5000 people.
Provide diagnostics for cataract disorders to 5000 people.
Rupreet Singh Soni - is a student at the MIT Sloan school of management and an Engineer in Computer Science. Rupreet has 7 years of professional experience in IT consulting and technology management. He has carried the responsibilities of Project management, Senior Onshore coordinator and Senior consultant in premiere technology companies such as Accenture consulting, Capgemini consulting etc. Role - Chief Strategy and Business development.
Erick B. Passos, M.Sc. - co-inventor – Erick has 19 years experience with programming and product design. He is also a Computer Science Professor at IFPI (Brazil), visiting researcher at the MIT Media Lab, with interest in human vision and artificial intelligence. Role - Technology
Vitor Pamplona, M.Sc. – Inventor and leading author of NETRA, Vitor is a Ph.D. student at UFRGS/Brazil who holds bachelors and masters degrees in computer science and brings five years of experience on new physiology models, unconventional imaging devices, and retinal image processing techniques for ophthalmology. Vitor works on the optical add-ons ensuring the quality and accuracy of our devices as well as in programming apps. Role - Technology
Alex Olwal, PhD – Alex Olwal is a post-doctoral fellow at the MIT Media Lab and a research scientist at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm. Alex's research focuses on interaction techniques, including medical user interfaces. Role – Technology Advisor
Nirmalya Banerjee - student at the System Design and Management program and co-sponsored by the MIT Sloan and the MIT School of Engineering. He is a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering and holds an MBA degree in Marketing. He has worked in a diverse set of functions ranging from Enterprise Resource Planning, Project Management, Process Consultancy and Planning Engineering. Role: Marketing and sustainable business development.
Vivin Nath - student at the System Design and Management program, co-sponsored by the MIT Sloan and the MIT School of Engineering. An Electronics engineer by training, Vivin has advanced professional experience in IT, technology management, systems engineering and automotive systems. Currently pursuing his entrepreneurial stints, Vivin also has interests in technology strategy, consulting and smart systems. Role: Strategic development
Neel Patel - Neel is an undergraduate student (3rd year) at MIT, majoring in Brain and Cognitive Sciences. He is interested in building on what he has learned about the human vision in his classes and applying it to something that is beneficial in the field of medicine. He has worked in the Sasisekharan lab at HST and the Koch Institute, for the last 2 years working on computational biology projects. Role - Medical Testing Lead
Ramesh Raskar - Ramesh is the Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab and Director for CATRA research. In 2009, he was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. In 2010, he received the Darpa Young Faculty award. He holds over 40 US patents and has received four Mitsubishi Electric Invention Awards. Role - project mentor.
L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI
Kallam Anji Reddy Campus, L V Prasad Marg, Hyderabad – 500 034
LVPEI is an internationally respected eye health organization (Famous by inventing the Eye Health Pyramid) that has been working in communities in the developing world since 1987. LVPEI is one of the few institutes with an exclusive facility for visually impaired children, including newborns and infants. Its Vision Rehabilitation Centre, the first of its kind in Asia, trains children and adults with incurable low vision in the use of low-cost optical and non-optical visual aids. LVPEI is an acclaimed education center for eye care personnel at all levels - post-doctoral ophthalmology fellows and practicing ophthalmologists, as well as optometrists, ophthalmic technicians, nurses, bio-medical technicians and eye care administrators. In addition, LVPEI has initiated the development of several affordable eye care products, such as preservation medium for corneal tissues and rehabilitation devices for low vision patients. We plan to add ourselves to this growing set of affordable eye care products. In the 20 years since the Institute's establishment it has provided outpatient services to over 2 million people and surgical care to over 250,000 patients - almost 50 percent of them receiving services free of charge. In addition, LVPEI has trained over 10,000 doctors and paramedical personnel from India and abroad, and made over 1700 research presentations at national and international meetings. Their pyramid model promises both depth of eye care when needed, and reach of eye care from major cities to remote villages. This complete solution is one in which Aulus Mobile can fit seamlessly. Dr. Balasubramanian, Director of research, L. V. Prasad Eye Institute in India said - “Cell phones have reached remote villages in Asia, Latin America and Africa, making them ideal diagnostic devices. Since it is portable, we can send with the technicians to the villages and prescribe people there”.
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