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06

Oct'19

Shopping companion for the visually impaired

Team Members: Rohan, Pending Problem Statement: Most visually impaired people find it strenuous to perform tasks that we take for granted. Something as simple as going online to buy a clock can be tough for people with visual impairments. A simple google search can show you forums where people talk about the difficulties they face while navigating websites that weren't built for the visually impaired. Most e-commerce websites today (amazon,flipkart,ebay), are not designed for people with disabilities. They have small buttons, really cluttered UI and whole collection of drop down menus, which makes it very difficult for them to navigate and use. This is why the need for a simple yet effective website with all the right menus and sounds for the visually impaired is very important. User Persona: I'd like to talk more about the contributors of the problem. The websites that are commonly used for online shopping (Amazon, Flipkart) are designed with the average Joe in mind. The home page is made super attractive with very colorful text and pictures, list of offers and all the other stuff that attracts a user to their site. For a person with visual impairments, having a menu with so many different…

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06

Oct'19

Two-wheeler navigation

Team Members: Rohan, Pending Problem Statement: Two-wheelers are by far, the most sold and used means of transportation in India. An average person in India is more likely to buy a two-wheeler as opposed to buying a car. The number of bikes and bike enthusiasts has been on the rise in India, however, there is one flaw that comes with riding a two-wheeler. As of now, there aren't any proper navigation systems for two-wheeler vehicles. Two-wheeler riding has been the same for the past several decades now. Although the bikes have become better, safer and smarter, the riding experience is more or less the same for the rider. Most modern smartphones come equipped with a GPS chip which allows users to use apps such as GMaps to navigate to any location. While using these apps is easy, a two-wheeler rider has to make frequent stops in order to read/check the maps on his/her smartphone. This can be especially more inconvenient when the rider is on a national highway where it is very difficult to stop your vehicle.While there are several solutions available for this problem, most of them are very expensive or depend on the make of the vehicle. Also,…

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