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Providing virtual care for visually impaired.

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Eligibility

  • Yes, I fulfill all of the eligibility criteria.

Initiative's representative name

Anthony Karimi Muthungu

Initiative's representative date of birth

05/12/1992

Initiative’s representative gender

  • Man

Where are you making a difference?

Kenya,Nairobi,Kiambu ,Migori,Machakos and Embu

Website or social media url(s)

https://alexcane.totosci.com/

When was your organisation founded?

14 SEPTEMBER 2019.

Focus areas

  • Helping people adapt to technologies of the future
  • Creating digital tools

Project Stage

  • Start-Up (first few activities have happened)

Yearly Budget: How much capital do you need to accomplish your proposed project?

  • $50k - $100k

Organisation Type

  • For-profit

1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this to succeed

" The figures are staggering: it is estimated that by 2050 two billion people would benefit from assistive technology,yet 90% will not have access to them.We thought of being commited to provide affordable,realible and accesible solutions before 2050"

2. The problem: What problem surrounding employability or financial capability are you helping to solve?

Visually impaired people mostly depend on human guides or guide dogs which is costly on daily to daily bases.The caregiver is always on anxiety when the location of the visually impaired is not known and the visually impaired comes in contact with objects that might distract his/her movements especially when in new unfamiliar territories.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

Our product (AlexCane) detects both static and moving objects for the visually impaired and gives feedback inform of vibrations at the grip while at the same time providing the caregiver with visually impaired locations in real-time. This reduces the caregiver anxiety while giving the visually impaired a guaranteed free, safe and independent mobility. (alexcane.totosci.com)

4. How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solving the problem?

Every product is fitted with a simcards that facilitates the transmission of the data over a network. When a caregiver wants to know the location of the visually impaired, he/she sends a short message to the product which replies back with a gps location link for viewing. If the visually impaired is in need, he/she presses a panic switch which is received by the caregiver inform of an sms where the caregiver picks the conversation from there. Our product management firmware helps us to troubleshoot the device from far and edit the program when required to add new features. It also corrects the location data and keep a history of the most areas visited by the visually impaired on a daily bases helping us predict where he/she can be when the

6. Financial capability: how is your organization or project creating innovative solutions that arm people with ability to optimize their current and future financial health

We use the latest technologies to improve lives by providing continuous innovations using internet of things and artificial intelligence technology.

6a. Please describe what aspect of financial capability your organization is focused on fostering and how you have measured / plan to measure progress.

• Our product guarantees free, safe and independent mobility-Object and floor level detections and alerts. • Increase the productivity of caregiver-He/she doesn’t worry much about the visually impaired. • Reduces isolation of the visually impaired in the society-The visually impaired can be assigned task like any other person. • Creates jobs for the visually impaired since they are the one who do assembling-We pay them KSHS 200 for each device assembled. • Increases the mobility of visually impaired-Objects detection helps them to move quickly. • It improves lives of visually impaired-The

7. Marketplace: Who else is addressing the same problem? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

4th Eye from Kenya. Ultracane from UK. Wewalk Cane from India. We standout from these alternative since our product is capable of detecting a pothole,have a long battery life and high speed feedback alert once object has been detected.

8. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

• Our product guarantees free, safe and independent mobility-Object and floor level detections and alerts. • Increase the productivity of caregiver-He/she doesn’t worry much about the visually impaired. • Reduces isolation of the visually impaired in the society-The visually impaired can be assigned task like any other person. • Creates jobs for the visually impaired since they are the one who do assembling-We pay them KSHS 200 for each device assembled. • Increases the mobility of visually impaired-Objects detection helps them to move quickly. • It improves lives of visually impaired-They feel appreciated and thought of. • It increases confidence of visually impaired-They feel comfortable when they don’t have to rely on anyone.

9. Financial Sustainability Plan. Can you tell us about you plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?

We received a grant of USD 40,000 from Newton Fund (UK) in 2019 and it’s this amount that is helping us to make and manufacture our custom pcbs in china, afford to pay production, salaries and assembly as well as other logistics. It has really helped to date. The grant has helped us to proof the concept and it will help us to make 50 final products for pilot before it deplete and then we fundraise for growth. To completely fundraise this, we are in the process of achieving the following; • Registering the product as a medical device so that users can access it using their health insurance covers. • Partnering with visually impaired people insurance providers. • World Health Organization standards approval certification.

10. Team

We have 3 full time members. Peter Mbari-Product Development Anthony Muthungu-Business and Marketing David Chuthi-Finance and Administration

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Article in the news

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