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.


Physical Installations As Learning Systems

The DDE (Design for Digital Experience), 2015 batch recently had a module on physical installations as learning systems. To put simply, these are interactive setups that help the user learn about a particular topic by engaging with the installation. The interactions can be gesture based, speech based, physical like pressing buttons or various others that technology has now enabled, including thought!

The batch worked in groups of three coming up with five different installations with subjects ranging from geography to story telling, civics to colour theory. The technologies used included Microsoft Kinect, Arduino and image processing. Lets have a brief look at them!

1. Abki Baar, Meri Sarkaar!

Team Members: Arundhati, Atul, Manasee

This fun installation will put you right at the nerve centre of the country, the Lok Sabha. Aiming to teach a young audience the process of passing a bill in the two Houses, it uses Kinect to make interactions more engaging and participatory. The user selects issues to be tabled in the House and votes by using hand gestures recognised by the Kinect sensor. The results and the progress can be seen on the screen along with an audio feedback.

The physical setup of the installation mimics the arrangement of the two Houses adding to the experience of being present there.




Watch the video here!

2. Coloreveal

Team Members: Ghanesh, Marathon, Tinjo

A simple yet engaging installation is Coloreveal. Two users can interact with this installation at once. All you need to do is rotate the discs attached on either side of the screen to change colours and have fun mixing and matching with your friend. The installation is targeted at a young audience and helps them explore colours.

The two semi-circles on the edges depict the selected colours and the main screen the resulting colour. The clean graphic language and simplicity of interaction make this installation extremely simple to understand and use.

The discs are attached to potentiometers, which in turn are connected to an Arduino board to provide input to a computer.




Watch the video here!

3. Meridian Chaser

Team Members: Anupam, Arpit, Nakul

This installation aims to give the user a basic idea about how the world is divided into Time Zones and how we gain or lose time as we move across the globe. The user interacts with the installation by moving a slider which moves a vertical marker on the screen. Corresponding to the position of the marker, the Time Zone and its major cities are highlighted. The map also gives real time day/night conditions and a feedback when the date is changed. To add to the experience, sounds corresponding to the time of the active time zone can be heard. The slider is built on an Arduino using IR sensors that communicates with the computer.




Watch the video here!

4. Story Builders

Team Members: Gopichand, Nambirajan, Suman

The art of story telling will never die. It will only change form. With new technology, it will become more engaging and interactive. This installation let’s you weave your own stories. The story involves three characters-the lion, the monkey and the elephant. The narrative, however, depends on your choice. To interact with the installation, you place the characters on a magnetic board in three locations-the den, the shore or the tree, in any combination. All you do next is press a button. Depending on the position of the characters on the board, a new story is narrated. You can have fun playing around with the characters. After all, who doesn’t enjoy a good story?

The installation uses image processing to identify the position of characters on the board.




Watch the video here!

5. Time Travel

Team Members: Anurag, Bhaumik, Shilpa

What will it be like being in Tokyo right now? Can I move to California in a leap?

This is exactly what this installation was all about. The experience of being in a different city at a particular time. The user jumps to the city by physically moving on a map laid out on the floor. The Kinect sensor detects his/her position and a video of that place is projected on the screen in front. The darkness of the room and the fluorescent map glowing under the UV lamps make up for an immersive ambience.




Watch the video here!

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.



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)