What’s in a trial room to innovate? A lot

Two young Hyderabadi innovators -- Anthony Vipin Das of LV Prasad Eye Institute and Hemanth Kumar Satyanarayana of Imaginate Software Labs -- figure in the MIT Technology Review’s India TR35 l

Published: 23rd March 2012 02:55 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:40 PM   |  A+A-

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Two young Hyderabadi innovators -- Anthony Vipin Das of LV Prasad Eye Institute and Hemanth Kumar Satyanarayana of Imaginate Software Labs -- figure in the MIT Technology Review’s India TR35 list of young Technology Innovators for 2012.

To make it to this eclectic list of 20 innovators, one should be aged below 35 and have an out-ofthe- box approach.

The ideas of both Das and Kumar have the potential to make a difference in the way we live.

These innovators will participate in the ‘Emtech India’ conference which begins in Bangalore on March 27.

In the run up to the conference, they share their vision with City Express.

Dr Anthony Vipin Das

A practising ophthalmologist and an innovator by choice, 28 year-old Dr Anthony Vipin Das is on the list of innovators for bridging the gap between patient and healthcare provider.

The need to access a patient’s medical history minus the paper work drove the clinical associate and research fellow at the LV Prasad Eye Institute to develop eyeSmart, an ophthalmic electronic medical record, hospital management system.

“There is a lack of transparency in transferring the medical records between the healthcare provider and the patient.

This is compounded by the enormous files of medical data which has to be carried by the patient on each visit to the doctor.

This database system makes it easy to access the records of a patient anywhere,” explains Dr Anthony whose innovation connects all rural centres set up by LVPEI.

The history of the patient can be readily accessed across different villages and centres and makes access to epidemiological data for research a mouse-click away.

“Our target is to scale up the project and connect all the 106 centres together.

This will also aid in enhancing the data mining system for Rural Education and Prevention of Ocular Trauma (REPOrT), a project which addresses eye injuries among children in rural Andhra Pradesh,” says Dr Anthony who developed the project in 2008 as a postgraduate student of medicine at the Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal.

Hemanth Kumar Satyanarayana

Ready for launch by the end of April, Hemanth Kumar Satyanarayana’s innovation promises a hassle-free retail experience through a ‘digital trial room’ concept, Trialar.

Keeping in mind the tedium of standing in long queues for trying out apparel, Trialar aims to replace the mirror, while doubling up as an intelligent salesman! “When women want to buy a saree, they have no idea how it will look on them after draping.

It is an obligation for the salesman to drape the garment on a model and is a tedious process.

This was the inflexion point when I realized that Trialar is the product I would like to develop for the retail market, especially in India,” says the 29 year-old B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras.

Set to be launched as a web plug-in and in retail stores, the augmented reality-based application captures the image of the customer who can select the clothes he/she wants on try on with the swish of a palm, as the interface works on a gesture-based system.

“There is also a share mode on the retail store version which lets you share the final results with your friends or family through a unique link and allows them to suggest recommendations in real-time,” shares the entrepreneur who feels that the social media feature will be a hit with young adults who can post their ‘look’ in a new apparel on their Facebook page, inviting comments and ‘likes’.

Hemanth co-founded Imaginate software labs with K Pavan, after completing his master’s by research in computer science on the use of augmented reality in liver surgery.

Trialar is the first product from the company and a public beta version will be installed in a retail outlet in the city by May for gauging people’s response to the product.

What's a Trailar?

Hemanth Kumar Satyanarayana’s innovation promises a hassle-free retail experience through a ‘digital trial room’ concept, Trialar.

Keeping in mind the problem of standing in long queues for trying out apparel, Trialar aims to replace the mirror, while doubling up as an intelligent salesman! Set to be launched as a web plug-in and in retail stores, the augmented realitybased application captures the image of the customer who can select the clothes he/she wants on try on.

A beta version will be launched in May this year.

EyeSmart

“There is a lack of transparency in transferring the medical records between the healthcare provider and the patient.

This is compounded by the enormous files of medical data which has to be carried by the patient on each visit to the doctor.

This database system makes it easy to access the records of a patient anywhere,” explains Dr Anthony Vipin Das.

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