Indian Startup Makes AR Glasses That’ll Keep COVID-19 In Check
As lockdown restrictions ease further, the uneasiness associated with stepping out is only going to shoot up. “What if I unknowingly contract the virus?” is another plague that’ll take over minds all over the country when this does happen. To help ease this seemingly normal fear, Indian startup AjnaLens has developed a pair of augmented reality smart glasses that could be an effective way to keep COVID-19 in check in India. Called the AjnaTX Series, the smart glasses make use of augmented reality to layer information over live camera feed to provide useful information in real-time. With the attached infrared sensor, the startup claims that the glasses can scan up to 300 people in a matter of 3 minutes as its reading response time is less than 300ms. While thermal scanning is probably one of the most important aspects of the smart glasses, there’s much more to it. The glasses can monitor social distancing, identify individuals with facial recognition, estimate the age of individuals, track attendance, and detect if an individual’s wearing a mask or not. While the AjnaLens can be customized in their use (for instance, it can also help track attendance in offices along with temperature readings), they’re currently aimed at helping combat the pandemic. The results of the temperature readings are quite simple to understand. A red box around an individual signifies high fever with a temperature reading shown below. Similarly, an orange box means a person isn’t wearing a mask and doesn’t have a fever whereas a white box means the person is wearing a mask and doesn’t have a fever. While I might not be speaking on behalf of all, I won’t be stepping out of my house unless I know that precautions such as wearing masks and maintaining social distance are being enforced. It is here where a solution such as the AjnaLens smart glasses makes a profound impact. Not only does it help authorities in efficiently monitoring a crowd but it’s also likely to instil confidence in people who are sceptical of stepping out. Glasses like these will be immensely useful to public spaces like shopping malls, schools, commercial complexes, bus and train stations, and factories amongst other places. In fact, the startup is already in talks with multiple stakeholders including several state governments, shopping malls, and universities, amongst others, to have these glasses deployed. The price of the glasses ranges from INR 2.72 lakhs to INR 4.99 lakhs depending on the software capabilities that are chosen to be added. For inquiries and orders, you can head to their website. AjnaLens was established back in 2014 and claims to have designed and manufactured AR/VR/MR solutions for Defence, Education and Enterprise. Earlier this year, the startup also raised $1.5 million in a Pre-Series-A funding round led by Maharashtra Defence and Aerospace Venture Fund (MDAVF) and HNI investors like Nailesh Khimji, Chirayu Khimji, Jay Jesrani, and Mohsin Group. Delhi-based startup Indian Robotics Solution also came up with a similar solution, officially known as the Thermal Screening Headgear, that would help authorities scan body temperature from a safe distance. You can read more about them below.