As a child, Sathyanarayanan AR saw his mother interact with several children with developmental disabilities at their home. He grew up thinking of various ways that technology could be used to improve their lives. This passion that he shared with college friend Bobin Chandra led to them developing Auticare that helps kids on the autism spectrum leverage technology to their advantage.
Developed by Embright Infotech owned by Sathyanarayanan and Chandra, Auticare makes use of technologies virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), internet of things (IoT) and mixed reality (MR). Using these, the system creates a 3D world full of realistic images and videos. The children can practice all sorts of tasks that they find difficult here and experience a gradual improvement in them.
The tasks given to the kids can be something like manoeuvring within a crowded supermarket where the child is expected to shop as well or crossing a busy street. The team has worked with doctors and other experts in the field in Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru to work on the development of the system.
The company had received a grant of Rs 50 lakh from the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India last year. The launch of Auticare was done at the hands of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. It is currently being used by more than ten clinics associated with the Kerala Social Security Mission.