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Mumbai/ Hyderabad Overview

Mumbai/ Hyderabad Overview


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MIT'S Co-Development Model for Global Health Technology Innovation

We believe that tough global health problems require an innovation pipeline, not a lone entrepreneur. We must bring together the people and providers facing health challenges to form what we call an innovation continuum:

  • the inventors building new low cost technologies
  • the developers capable of rapidly iterating on these inventions and refining them for use in the real world
  • the clinicians and end users to validate our creations
  • and the entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and development agencies to scale our solutions

We are asking big, provocative questions such as: What billion dollar ideas could impact a billion lives in health, education, transportation through DIPS, DOPS and DAPS -- digital interfaces, digital opportunities, and applications for physical systems? With technologies and tools including machine learning, computer vision, Big Data, sensors, mobile technology, diagnostics and crowdsourcing, the MIT team is conducting research at the Media Lab, and also collaborating with innovators in the three centers in India and in other centers worldwide.

We know that solutions to big problems are possible, since we have created so many already. One notable example that came out of the MIT Media Lab is EyeNetra, a portable system that can dial someone’s prescription correction. Innovations like this launched the effort to create the Emerging Worlds initiative.


Mumbai Innovations

Some of the solutions that have come out of the Mumbai center, which is focused on health diagnostics, include:

  1. SenseCam - a webcam-based micro emotions analysis platform

  2. SkinSPECT - a portable mobile-phone-linked skin cancer and disease screening module

  3. LightEAR - a device to image conditions and infections of the middle ear using a mechanically stable form factor

  4. StethoCG - a device that detects heart murmurs in patients using ECG and stethoscope

  5. Cardio24 - a diagnostic tool for cardiovascular diseases on a web platform

  6. ARAM - Apnea Rest Analysis Mask (ARAM) - a wearable device for home-monitoring of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  7. Caries - a diagnostic test to detect the presence of carie-causing bacteria in saliva

  8. DAANT - a system to quantify your eating habits, including unilateral chewing (one-sided chewing), eating speed, and number of times you chew your food


Hyderabad Innovations

Some of the solutions that have come out of the Hyderabad center, which is focused on eye health, include:

  1. Meibomium Gland Imaging - A portable screening tool for abnormal meiboimium gland pathology

  2. Pediatric Perimeter - Automatic peripheral vision testing for children and infants

  3. Super Stereo: Cheiroscope - 3D printable cheiroscope for therapy

  4. Pupillometry Device - a portable device to pick up conditions in the optic nerve

  5. Super Stereo: NEuro Pupil - Eye tracking with a virtual reality system

  6. OpenEyeCAD - open source repository to describe different parameters

  7. Anterior Segment Imaging - wearable device to examine different segments of the eye

  8. Prosthetic Eye Synthesis - Computational prosthetic design from 3D face scans

  9. Hydro-Pro - a way to measure in order to improve fitting of eye prostheses


These are all inventions that can scale quickly and easily, and that are applicable to other environments.

To impact the next 5 billion people, novel solutions will require a multidisciplinary approach. We know that innovators are not necessarily entrepreneurs when it comes to global health innovation. By ‘designing in context’ and co-locating technology and clinical talent, we strongly believe that creative thinking and real world impact can be brought closer together. We intend to address this unmet need and change healthcare in the developing world. We are focusing on the next 5 Billion when we say ‘Make for others’ and ‘Do It For Others!”
— Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab