#TechThursdays- Embright Infotech’s ‘Auticare’ uses virtual reality to empower kids with autism
Techies Satyanarayanan AR and Bobin Chandra founded Embright Infotech in the year 2017. Their main product ‘Auticare’ uses assistive technology and virtual reality to empower and reach out to kids with autism in sectors like medical care and education. ‘Auticare’ has been getting a lot of good responses. This is our story for #TechThursdays.
Techie Satyanarayanan AR was always keen on creating something to help children with developmental disorders like autism. His years long search, along with the support of his friend Bobin Chandra helped in creation of their unique product Auticare. The product, which is based on assistive technology creates a 3D environment, uses images and videos to create a virtual reality which benefits children with autism. ‘Auticare’ is the main product of Embright Infotech, a company started by Satyanarayanan and Bobin in the year 2017.
Satyanarayan, who worked with some leading companies in Bengaluru knew about the needs and requirements of kids with autism. His mother who was an expert in Clinical Linguistics has reached out and empowered many kids with autism. That is what triggered him to do something for the community. He consulted with his friend Bobin who has also worked closely with disabled people. They together kick-started Embright. ‘Auticare’ uses virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), Internet of Things (IoT) and Mixed Reality (MR) to help kids under the autism spectrum.
My mother was working in the disability field and I have seen kids with autism come home when I was a child. I was working as a techie and I knew that there were no real technological advancements to reach out to kids with autism. After much research, we created ‘Auticare’ for which we are getting really good responses. Though there were many tools, nothing was really implemented practically in real life-Satyanarayanan AK, Co-founder, Embright Infotech.
‘Auticare’ claims to provide solutions to many difficult tasks faced by a child with autism. “Kids with autism need help with self-care, private etiquette and so on. We need to teach them through virtual reality because they can connect more that way. Most centres in our cities don’t have those facilities, and it is important to catch them young. We still have a long way to go in teaching them real life skills. That is what ‘Auticare’ aims to do”, says Satyanarayanan. Using virtual reality, ‘Auticare’ can even teach a child how to cross a road!
The 18 member’s team has set up offices in Trivandrum and Bengaluru. Over the months, they worked closely with hospitals, therapists and experts from the field to know what suits best for children with autism. The long journey of Satyanarayanan and Bobin has definitely borne fruits and empowered young kids under the autism spectrum. “We were classmates in college and that is how we know each other. I was involved with an NGO that empowers people with Brittle Bone Disease and hence was determined to do something for the community since a long time. When Satyanarayanan told me about this idea, I was glad to become a part of it because we are doing first of its kind activity in India”, says Bobin.