AT ASME ISHOW
The inventors of a device for learning Braille, a medical screening monitor for diabetes patients, and a wearable device that records and relays infant
diagnostic information were selected as the grand-prize
winning entries at the 2018 ASME Innovation Showcase
(ISHOW) in India. Eight teams of socially conscious
inventors and entrepreneurs participated in the event,
which took place April 5 at Le Méridien Hotel in Bangalore.
The three winning teams at ISHOW India will share
$500,000 in cash and in-kind prizes with the winners of
ISHOW Kenya and ISHOW USA, held in May and June,
The winners were chosen by a panel of experts from the
social engineering space based on criteria that included
knowledge of the customer or user; hardware validation and
development; manufacturing optimization; and the team’s
strategy for implementation.
Sanskriti Dawle and Saif Shaikh of Thinkerbell Labs
were recognized as one of the event’s winning teams
for creating Annie, a low-cost, audio-tactile device that
enables the visually impaired to teach themselves Braille.
Vinayak Nandalike and Ram Mohan of Yostra Labs were
also honored with the competition’s grand prize for their
entry, Sparsh, a portable and inexpensive hand-held medical
tool that enables medical care providers in developing
communities to examine diabetic patients for symptoms of
peripheral neuropathy—permanent nerve damage to the
foot that is often caused by the disease.
The third winning team at ISHOW India, Balaji Teegala
and Manisha Laroia of Brün Health, were recognized for
developing an affordable wearable device that aims to
diminish the high neonatal mortality rate in India. The
team’s prototype, Brün CG, collects and records fetal
medical data and transmits that information to physicians,
thereby allowing for more timely treatment for patients. ME
Paul Scott (left), director of ASME’s Engineering for Global Development,
presents the trophy to Sanskriti Dawle and Saif Shaikh of Team Annie.