Smart Community systems for healthcare and Road Safety


IID’s third semester concluded with a collage of projects aimed towards the future, detailed with the intricacies of our present environment. It was held in collaboration with Toshiba’s project ‘Lifenology’, which strives to touch ‘lives’ of billions of people in India through their ‘technology’. Boundless as we were in terms of thinking the infinite possibility and jumps in the time leap in terms of futuristic technology interventions we remained subtle and sensible towards the people we were catering to and most importantly, why we are catering to them. The objective was to outline a smart community for our country, India.

The topic given to us is as essential for people as life itself, i.e. Healthcare. Initially we went on to understand about our country itself, the people, its demographics, the mental model, the system, and where all does healthcare echo around in our daily lives. We ended up selecting different topics with a range of healthcare segments in it like Prevention of diseases, maintenance of health and management of patients. Where majority handled the vast healthcare segment in India, we also tried to touch a crucial topic of road safety as well. Where India still lags behind in the understanding the road essentials, a good communication between the road users becomes very important.

Have a look at some of our projects touching different aspects of life.

1. Writeasy – A Smart Prescription 

by Deepika Sahai | Kavita Panwar

The object is to explore a medium which would solve the existing prescription reading and understanding problems and history maintenance gap faced by Doctors, Patients, and Pharmacists and enhance the overall user experience.


2.Mobilization of Ante-Natal Checkups

By Lalit Chaudhari | Mrinmayi Vartak

A kit designed for ASHAs to assist them in conducting Ante-Natal checkups at the household level in rural and semi-urban areas.


3. LifePrint – Rapid Disease Detection system 

By Agrima Nagar | Satabdi Biswas

LifePrint is a system which helps in rapid detection of diseases and mass surveillance of communicable disease throughout the country and prevents any possibility of any kind disease outbreak


4. Kshema: Communication Design for Rural Health

By Sindhu MS | Sindhu S Rao

The objective is to provide communication design in the form of information architecture for data exchange among health worker and doctors which in turn provides better rural healthcare.


5. Zhei – Smart eyewear for patients with Alzheimer’s

By Nikhil Chandrashekhar | Shivani Goel  

Designing an assistive device for people suffering from mild to moderate Alzheimer’s
disease, and empower their caretakers with an efficient means of providing remote


6. Medbay: Smart Clinics

By Manali Thorat | Sachin James

To help facilitate efficiency of clinics by making the entire check-up procedure quicker and smarter for both patient and doctor. Something which is Instrument Interconnected, and Intelligent.


7. Advanced Signage System

By Aatur Harsh | Atul Kumar

Our solution tries to figure out how design and technology, combined together, could intervene and bring a positive change in behavioral aspect of people towards awareness of signage in India. This solution is based on the communication between the signage and the 4-wheeler driver’s, through the help of technology.


All in all, after researching about such systems in India we got to understand the core needs and a better picture of the our country. Our intervention towards these systems made us realize that how important it is to balance technology and people together. Where there is an immense need to lead India towards a new technological era we also need to take care that we should lend a soft hand towards understanding their state before.


Gyaan Adda #64  



Folk Art Hack by atma studios!

As beautifully diverse our country is, so is our traditions & one of the well-known traditions of India is the Indian arts and crafts.

Intricate details, emphasized features with the essence of long forgotten old stories. Every Indian artwork brings forward the authenticity of our diversity travelling through the veins of the each element present in the artwork.

There is a uniqueness in every element of artwork coming from various parts of India. One can easily differentiate between a Bengal Patua and a Madhubani just by observing the line quality of the painting.

Since years this magic of composition has been passed on through generation within its society which preserves the heritage and the objective of the society.

But now, anyone can stream in the Identity of our Culture along with their own personal identity.

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This week, Gyann Adda invited Atma Studios for its 64th episode for a talk about the ‘traditional yet contemporary’ paintings of India.

This is what Atma Studios has recently ventured into and are presently experimenting with. For them, anyone can create a masterpiece, an official art qualification cannot qualify you in becoming an artist, but your passion and will can.

Similar to the heterogeneous mix of talent within the NID community, thier studio comprises of people from various backgrounds where even the younger generation takes an active part. They shared the same Idea with us.


S.C.D Balaji, representing Atma Studios, ignited our minds by transcending us to the world of Indian Art. We took a tour around the various elements of Indian art paintings from various regions of India. Picking out pin points from the Glory of the vast empire of the Indian Art and objectifying them into today’s contemporary realm.

Finally, he dedicated his time to conduct a 2 hour workshop where we were familiarized with the joy of creating a ‘traditional yet contemporary’ Indian artwork ourselves, Thanks to them, our perception of looking at artifacts and contemporary art pieces will never be the same again.



Its in the smell


“It’s more fun to blame things than to fix them” said Dr P.G Bhat, a retired naval officer and a software professional, and now an educationist and a social worker.

This week, students of IID, swam deep into the questions upon the functionality and the working of the Election Commission of India. Simple data sets could stir the  national system and in the end all were stirred up with energy and left bowled over with his enthusiasm and passion to tick out little errors with his witty numbers. He sees the world around him as a big code with some simple bugs.

We live in a world where our identity is enveloped in an 8.6 cm X 5.4 cm PVC laminated sheet of paper, i.e., the voter ID card. So any discrepancy there, resonates exponentially on the Indian picture.

He talked about the importance of standardization and simplification electoral data set In India.

India, a country of 1.2 billion people, where identities are quantified. We might live by our names (conventionally) followed by our surname but our country identifies us by our EPIC number i.e. Elector’s Photo Identity Card number. This data before being carved out into a form has to be extracted, transformed and then finally, loaded in order to be processed, which might be erroneous at times.

According to him, miscellaneous errors in technical tools to extract them, errors in reading various Indic texts, variations in the file format/names, etc. keeps us away from harnessing this data perfectly. On that note he also quotes,

“In India, The data set is digitally born but physically used in electoral purposes”

While analyzing data, metadata should be honored and represented properly, according to the conventions and standards. It should be indexed and easily accessible. (For example, only KA should be used for Karnataka but not KN)

“Simplification is another area where we, as data analysts/visualizers, should concentrate on the normal users. Transliteration is another important factor. High level of quality analysis should also be considered while data mining and data modelling.”

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“It’s in the smell” he said, while putting the lecture to an end. When you seek a data set, when you listen to an inference, when you stumble upon something fishy, you smell the ingredients and analyze its quality with precise quantity and then serve your hungry mind.


“Get your facts first. You can distort them later.” – Mark Twain


Gyaan Adda #63

10353703_737179996334582_813611023434417777_n pronounce Wiggly lines, splashes of color spectrum spread onto some lean and lunatic characters with heartwarming smiles with brilliant short story lines tickling the funny bone of many across the nation (or more) and voila! What you get is an Alicia Souza original. For the 63rd episode of the weekly Gyaan Adda, NIDB invited Alicia Souza for a li’l talk about her journey as one of the most popular illustrators who have emerged out of Bangalore. To brush up on her, she is a ‘happiness illustrator’, who illustrates good little nothings about almost everything which pops up from about anywhere. Just like her illustrations, Alicia lit up our conference space with her giggly talk and her positive aura. Not to mention her obsession with her fluffy dogs which have proved to be an inspiration in many of her illustrations. 10486344_740820379303877_9008484436927661574_o Once a blushing shy girl, Alicia talks about how she overthrew her hitch to showcase her talent in front of billion eyes and now stands out to become one of her own intellectual property. Alicia Souza products are one of a kind and are a result of her zillion scribbles and a lot of paper toss. 10379735_740819965970585_3503305861706431106_o

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  • Photos courtesy Manas (Information Design 2014) and Abhishek Kamarkar (Design for Retail Experience 2014)