University of Chandigarh student invents AI-based Smart Stick ‘Netra’ to empower visually impaired people


GPS navigation system, SOS alert, built-in 400kV taser, sound and vibration sensors for obstacles make Lovelesh Dutt’s invention unique

CHANDIGAR, India, July 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — According to a report by the World Health Organization, there are currently $28.5 billion visually impaired people around the world. Among these, 3.90 crore people are blind when 24.60 crores people live with low vision or some type of visual impairment. In Indiathere are as many as 1.20crore blind people, which means that approximately one-third of the world’s blind population lives in India or all three blind the person on this planet, lives in India.

To help this visually impaired population, Chandigarh University student Lovelesh Dutt has developed a smart stick or cane that helps them through their day-at-daily activities, ensuring that their visual impairment does not prevent them from living a life of joy. Appropriately named ‘Netra’, this smart cane is a smart device developed and based on artificial intelligence, and not only as a guide but as a protector for the blinds, thus making them self-sufficient in many ways as it has sensors to detect obstacles, GPS navigation system, SOS alert, built-in taser among others.

Lovelesh, hailing from Haryana and is currently an MBA student from the University of Chandigarh, explains how the cane works: “Based on artificial intelligence, the smart cane has a number of features. For example, if an object, animal or even a human comes disturb the user, then the Smart Stick will generate a beep sound, in addition to producing vibrations, informing the user of the object in front of him.

Dutt informs that the AI-based smart key is connected to the GPS navigation system, which provides information about the user’s location to his family. Also, the device gets its power from the sun using a solar panel mounted on it, thus removing the problems to load it.

“The device has a built-in emergency SOS alert function. A SIM card can be inserted into a slot of the smart cane, and the user can set the number of family or police members. in case of emergency, the user can press the button on the cane, which will automatically send an SOS alert to the police and family members along with the user’s location.What’s more, if someone tries to injure the user, the built-in taser at the bottom of the stick will give a 400kV shock to the offender, which will help the blind person to protect themselves themselves,” he says.

Talking about the inspiration behind the smart stick, Lovelesh says, “WWhile blind and deaf people used a simple stick, I always felt the need for some form of support and assistance, which led to this device.

“People with low vision may take longer to complete a routine task, their pace may be slow, but that doesn’t mean they are unable to do it. To empower people with low vision, I have made my contribution, ” he added.

Lovelesh informs that he has prepared the smart stick at the price of around Rs 3000 a piece and also successfully applied for a patent for this device, which he successfully researched and tested in various NGOs and schools.

Lovelesh is not limited to the smart cane. With outstanding performance in the field of research and innovation, Lovelesh has proven its talent nationally and internationally. Fulfilling its responsibility to society, Lovelesh provides free technology and research education to poor and orphaned children as part of DDU (Dutt Dua Universe), an established technology and education company. teaching research, even as her work for women’s safety and independence from addiction leads the charge for a safer society for women.

He was honored by the World Book of Records, London for his unparalleled contribution to the creation of the smallest SmartBin with extraordinary features, in addition to the 2019 National Excellence Award for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of innovative and creative activities. Lovelash’s Talking Smart Bin can monitor litter level, detect motion and support over 100 globally accepted languages ​​with greetings like “hello”, “use me” and “take out the trash”.

Keeping women’s safety and autonomy in mind, Lovelesh Dutt has created a safety device through which women can ensure their safety. Weighing less than 100 grams, this security device gives a high voltage shock to eve-teasers, while having a fast charging module with a built-in 1 inch 3.7V battery that can be charged in just 3 minutes. Her name has been included 3 times in India’s Book of Records for Manufacture of Women’s Safety Devices and Satellites. Lovelash currently holds 20 patents for different gadgets he has created over the past five years. He registered his company Innovative Robot King with the Technology Business Incubator at the University of Chandigarh.

Lovelesh was awarded the RAX Karmaveer Global Youth Fellowship and Karmaveer Chakra Award 2020-21 (White Medal) sponsored by the United Nations, for ensuring her participation in various social activities as well as channeling his passion for innovation for social well-being. He was honored by the Cabinet Minister of Haryana for his outstanding achievements in research, and the National Excellence Award-2019 for his exemplary contribution in innovative and creative pursuits.

Expressing his joy at Lovelesh’s achievements, the Pro-Chancellor of the University of Chandigarh, Dr RS Bawa said the University is committed to providing its students with information and knowledge.based environment and adequate resources for research and innovation at higher education level. He said that a special budget of Rs 12 million was proposed by the University of Chandigarh for the year 2022 to encourage students towards research, so that economic problems do not become an obstacle for the budding scientists of the future.

Prabhdeep Singh
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Chandīgarh University


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