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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab

Team members: Ramesh Raskar, Vitor Pamplona, David Schafran; full team

NETRA is an inexpensive mobile visual testing tool, which is a clip-on eyepiece for mobile phones that can instantly screen for eye conditions and transmit data to an optometrist, allowing for early treatment of common refractive eye disorders and cataracts. The device exploits emerging high-resolution screens of mobile devices and a software that analyzes the patient interaction. It will lead the way to addressing the most common, treatable visual impairments that, because of a lack of access to technology, disable more than half a billion people worldwide.

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Winner Badge - Vodafone Americas Foundation Wireless Innovation Project

Meet the Winners

  • Ramesh Raskar: NETRA team member
  • David Schafran: NETRA team member
  • Larry Rand: Smart Diaphragm team member
  • Mozziyar Etemadi: Smart Diaphragm team member
  • Aya Caldwell: Cool Comply team member
  • Anna Young: Cool Comply team member
  • Kristian Olson: Cool Comply team member
Wireless Innovation Project winners’ trophy: colorful basket woven from phone wire
Photo: Bridge for Africa

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