ThirdEye Technologies, Inc. https://thirdeyeglass.com We Believe in Empowering the Visually Impaired Wed, 30 Aug 2017 05:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 80428733 Assistive Technology (or Enabling Technology, Part II) for Blind https://thirdeyeglass.com/assistive-technology-or-enabling-technology-part-ii-for-blind/ Wed, 30 Aug 2017 05:00:53 +0000 https://thirdeyeglass.com/?p=734 Assistive technology is one of the most promising possibilities to make the world more accessible for people who are blind. Enabling technology is another term for assistive technology. You can learn more here. Last week you learned about my passion for assistive technology and my day job. Here is the rest of the story. If…

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Assistive technology is one of the most promising possibilities to make the world more accessible for people who are blind.

Enabling technology is another term for assistive technology. You can learn more here. Last week you learned about my passion for assistive technology and my day job. Here is the rest of the story.

Assistive technology can be the key to coping with vision loss and finding employment

Assistive technology can be the difference between high and low quality of life

If any hours remain in the week after my COSY work, I am also the Founder of The Blind Guide. This features regular content intended to educate and inspire individuals who are coping with vision loss and their network of caregivers. I have also written an eBook entitled Blindness: Coping with Vision Loss. The book is intended to inspire people who are visually impaired and those who care about them. My site store highlights emerging enabling technology. The goal is to help young companies succeed but it doesn’t stop at that. I want to ensure that people experiencing vision loss are aware of novel tech which will improve their quality of life and employability, when that is a goal.

My most recent activity will directly lead to new enabling technology. I had the good fortune to meet some amazing young men who are students at UPenn. They created a very cool app which provides text and object recognition on your smartphone. They are fully immersed in their studies and I agreed to drive the technology to a more complete state. We’re not there yet but the app is commercially available here. If you are interested in making this a reality, let me know.

ThirdEye technologies has been working to make the world more accessible to people who are blind.

In case you don’t have time to explore, here’s an excerpt from the ThirdEye Technologies that will help you understand their goals. They have created a product for Google Glass that recognizes objects and gives verbal feedback to the user. The team has partnered with the National Federation of the Blind to create useful technology for nearly 7 million people living with blindness.

Welcome to the next step in my journey. With your help, we can make the world more accessible to people experiencing vision loss. Perhaps we will also put a huge dent in that 70% unemployment stat associated with people who are visually-impaired.

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Enabling Technology for Blind – My Passion https://thirdeyeglass.com/enabling-technology-blind-passion/ Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:00:09 +0000 https://thirdeyeglass.com/?p=728 Enabling technology, also known as assistive technology is my passion. Can you truly identify your passion? Enabling technology for people who are blind is my passion but there’s much more to the story. In this first post I will attempt to provide a brief history of me and my passion. I’ve worked in a variety…

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Enabling technology, also known as assistive technology is my passion. Can you truly identify your passion?

Enabling technology for people who are blind is my passion but there’s much more to the story. In this first post I will attempt to provide a brief history of me and my passion. I’ve worked in a variety of industries, starting with ten years of service in the nuclear power Navy, then extensive experience in large cap biopharma.  In recent years, I have focused my energy on business coaching, start-up support, and assisting individuals in transition. I have also come to realize that my personal passion is to improve the quality of life and employability of people who are blind or visually-impaired.

Uncovering this passion was a journey of discovery that I would recommend for anyone who can’t answer the following questions:

  • ​Is your work your passion?
  • If not, why not?
  • What’s your dream?

What is your passion?

The genesis of my passion was my Mom’s loss of sight many, many years ago but it wasn’t until an unplanned early retirement that I eventually was able to answer the questions above. Even then, I doubt that I would have been able to identify the passion. It took friends and family to observe the way “I came alive” when talking about prevention of blindness and enabling technology for people with compromised vision. At that point, I realized that I would be happiest helping people coping with vision loss.

Enabling technology for the blind is my passion, thanks to my Mom's loss of sight.

Enabling technology for the blind drives my passion – thanks, Mom!

I remember the days when I only had one job. Now I wear many hats. My day job which keeps me very, very busy, is as COO of COSY. If you take a look at the site, you might initially think I lost track of my passion but that’s not true. At COSY, I have an informal role as the team mentor, which aligns perfectly with my interest in helping others. More relevant is the soon-to-be realized dream that COSY will develop some very special enabling technology. Someone who is blind will soon have access to an app that provides indoor navigation. Much like GPS minus the satellite. Armed with this app, someone who is blind will finally be able to shop independently. They will also be able to navigate the ever-changing world of TSA.

Next week you can learn more about that I do when I’m not working at my day job. If you want to do some early exploration then I would direct you to The Blind Guide. It is an ever-evolving compendium of resources for people whose lives have been touched by vision loss.

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ThirdEye is Being Acquired by TheBlindGuide https://thirdeyeglass.com/thirdeye-acquired-theblindguide/ Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:51:23 +0000 https://thirdeyeglass.com/?p=697 By Co-Founder and CEO, Rajat Bhageria. News originally annouced by TechCrunch on Feb. 14 2017. This post was originally published in FORBES Under 30 on Feb. 15 2017. For the last two years, my team and I have been building and commercializing a product that empowers the visually impaired by recognizing what they are looking…

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By Co-Founder and CEO, Rajat Bhageria.

News originally annouced by TechCrunch on Feb. 14 2017.

This post was originally published in FORBES Under 30 on Feb. 15 2017.

For the last two years, my team and I have been building and commercializing a product that empowers the visually impaired by recognizing what they are looking at using computer vision.

Now, ThirdEye is being acquired by TheBlindGuide. The team is led by a former Merck director whose mother was visually impaired and they’re looking to use ThirdEye to help empower people by creating an organization centered around gathering and building tools for the visually impaired. In fact, they’re going to be hiring visually impaired and disabled programmers to embody the message of empowerment that ThirdEye has always stood for.

During our freshman year at Penn two years ago, Ben Sandler, Joe Cappadona, and I had started ThirdEye at a hackathon; we had built a Google Glass app that would verbally say aloud what’s in front of you when you said “Okay Glass. Recognize this.” Since then, there have been lots of twists and turns, many of which I’ve been detailing on this Forbes column. We had chances to present at CES and The National Wearables Conference, work with organizations like the National Federation of the Blind, learn how to empathetically build products for people who are not us, pitch and have meetings with major CEOs and visionaries, and win competitions like the Wharton Business Plan Competition. I personally had the opportunity with some of the smartest people I know, including my co-founders as well as Daniel Hanover, Nandeet Mehta, and David Ongchoco.

But most important than the thrill of trying to manage a startup during school while not dropping out was gaining empathy with the visually impaired population. Coming in, the reason Ben, Joe and I even decided to work on ThirdEye is that we believed that this technology that could help empower at least some aspects of this group’s lives by 10x. Understanding how visually impaired persons live their lives was not only a humbling exercise but perhaps more importantly, we realized that nobodies with very little resources (ThirdEye was completely bootstrapped) can do something that helps a disempowered group of people . In this regard, a large part of our experience with ThirdEye was figuring out how to get things that normally would have cost tens of thousands of dollars done for free by consistently asking for help and leveraging our student status.

As time went on though we started to realize that while we might have been the right team to start this product, we perhaps weren’t the right team to scale it to all the visually impaired persons around the world. While we became very successful at building products and launching them with very few resources, since we were students we had limited time and also limited experience with the regulatory healthcare space. When a few parties approached us about taking over ThirdEye, we thought hard and decided that it would be for the best.

After a few months of talks with various companies, we decided on TheBlindGuide; given the leadership’s deep understanding of the visually impaired (through their current ecommerce business) and their expertise in healthcare, we decided that their team would be the better team to lead this product forward, especially to international markets.

Ultimately, we were in talks with significantly larger organizations that would almost definitely have more resources, but for them ThirdEye would just be a rounding error; we’re confident, however, that TheBlindGuide will do everything it can to continue on with this product and take it to the next level and exemplify our vision.

The details of the deal will remain confidential but I shall remain onboard as an advisor and help transition the company to TheBlindGuide.

At this point, I’m excited to continue writing on this column about my and my peer’s experiences starting up during college. As I’ve said before many times, ThirdEye taught me significantly more than college in itself ever could. With that said, I’m excited to focus quite a lot of my time on empowering students to build–and more importantly–commercialize projects they’re working on.

Part of that equation will be Prototype Capital, a decentralized student-run venture capital fund that adds real value to student-run startups. After being a college founder myself, I understand the intricacies of starting up during college and what college students need to succeed. With Prototype, we’re going to have campus partners around the country–and then in the world–so as to help empower as many students as possible.

College is a formative time for most people; with the fund and the brand we build around it, we hope to help students realize that they can do what they want to do and take small risks, rather than just following the path that someone else presents to them.

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ThirdEye at the Wearables Technology Conference in Santa Clara https://thirdeyeglass.com/thirdeye-at-the-wearables-technology-conference-in-santa-clara/ Sun, 05 Apr 2015 21:11:11 +0000 https://thirdeyeglass.com/?p=530 ThirdEye team members Rajat Bhageria and David Ongchoco got the opportunity to attend the Wearables Technology Conference in Santa Clara last March 10, 2015. An ever growing industry, the Wearables Tech industry is still searching for its identity and best use cases. The Wearables Technology Conference brought together engineers, developers, designers, experts and enthusiasts to…

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ThirdEye team members Rajat Bhageria and David Ongchoco got the opportunity to attend the Wearables Technology Conference in Santa Clara last March 10, 2015.

An ever growing industry, the Wearables Tech industry is still searching for its identity and best use cases. The Wearables Technology Conference brought together engineers, developers, designers, experts and enthusiasts to discuss its present applications and future possibilities. The conference had industry leaders talk about the ethics of wearables, privacy, the future of augmented reality, fitness devices and applications and the wearable healthcare revolution.

Two main wearables that stole the show during the Wearables Tech Conference were smartglasses and smartwatches. With the announcement of the Apple Watch just a day before, everyone was buzzing about the potential of the Apple Watch and how it could affect our daily lives. At the same time, you had industry leader Sony showcasing its consumer and enterprise smartglasses to the public in the Wearables Expo.

For ThirdEye, it was exciting to see so many people enthusiastic about wearable technologies. It was like being at the forefront of the wearables revolution, where people are experimenting on different uses, applications and more. We got the opportunity to speak with Sony and Epson and how we could possibly use our application on their smartglasses. We also discovered that companies like IBM are also doing their own computer vision.

Talking to all these industry leaders, smartglass enthusiasts, healthcare wearables experts and more gave us great feedback on how to improve their ThirdEye and how to move forward with our product. It was also great to see that we aren’t alone in this battle of using wearable technologies to impact this world.

Learn more about the Wearables Technology Conference here: http://www.wearablestechcon.com/

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ThirdEye Meets with the National Federation of the Blind https://thirdeyeglass.com/thirdeye-meets-national-federation-blind/ Sat, 27 Dec 2014 00:58:11 +0000 https://thirdeyeglass.com/?p=440 The ThirdEye team recently got to meet up with the National Federation of the Blind. It was a great opportunity for us to get to know people from an organization we hope to work with more in the future. We got to test ThirdEye as well on some of the individuals there, and saw what…

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The ThirdEye team recently got to meet up with the National Federation of the Blind. It was a great opportunity for us to get to know people from an organization we hope to work with more in the future. We got to test ThirdEye as well on some of the individuals there, and saw what we needed to improve on.

Here are a few of our key takeaways:

1. Partnerships are key
2. There’s nothing like getting user testing and getting instant feedback
3. Applying technology to healthcare is an exciting space to be in

We really look forward to using the insights we gathered from our trip in further improving ThirdEye, and making it even more effective in helping visually impaired individuals.

We’re currently exploring improving our text-recognition software, and making the user experience of our application more intuitive. Furthermore, we’re currently working on building a long-term partnership with the National Federation of the Blind. It’s definitely an exciting time for ThirdEye. Stay up to date with us by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter.

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ThirdEye News: Featured in Top Philadelphia Tech Blog, Technical.ly Philly https://thirdeyeglass.com/thirdeye-news-featured-in-top-philadelphia-tech-blog-technical-ly-philly/ Sun, 07 Dec 2014 08:59:27 +0000 https://thirdeyeglass.com/?p=395 ThirdEye was featured in Technical.ly Philly in the article, “Did 3 Penn freshmen build the future of vision at PennApps X?” Hackathons are definitely a great way to be able to not only learn awesome stuff and experiment but to also be able to build actual products. We invite everyone to participate in the winter…

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ThirdEye was featured in Technical.ly Philly in the article, “Did 3 Penn freshmen build the future of vision at PennApps X?”

Hackathons are definitely a great way to be able to not only learn awesome stuff and experiment but to also be able to build actual products. We invite everyone to participate in the winter PennApps on January 16-18! See you there!

We hope to be able to truly build the future of vision as we continue to develop our software and start reaching out to more customers. This is only just the start.

To read more about how the idea of ThirdEye came about in PennApps X, and to find out more about our PennApps X experience, check out the Technical.ly Philly article we were featured in.

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ThirdEye News: Accepted Into the Wharton Venture Initiation Program (VIP) https://thirdeyeglass.com/thirdeye-is-in-the-wharton-venture-initiation-program-vip/ Sun, 07 Dec 2014 08:45:36 +0000 https://thirdeyeglass.com/?p=384 ThirdEye is in the Wharton Venture Initiation Program (VIP) The Wharton Venture Initiation Program (VIP) is an educational incubator program run by Wharton Entrepreneurship. VIP provides students with office space, helps students develop their idea, and provides professional advising and educational programming. ThirdEye has become part of the entrepreneurship community here at Penn, and we’re…

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ThirdEye is in the Wharton Venture Initiation Program (VIP)

The Wharton Venture Initiation Program (VIP) is an educational incubator program run by Wharton Entrepreneurship. VIP provides students with office space, helps students develop their idea, and provides professional advising and educational programming.

ThirdEye has become part of the entrepreneurship community here at Penn, and we’re happy to have a support system, and a professional development program assures us that we will be guided as we take our first steps in executing our venture.

Thank you to the Wharton VIP program. We’re extremely honored to be part of such a vibrant startup community, and we look forward to working with VIP in expanding ThirdEye’s impact.

To learn more about the VIP program, and to see other Penn startups in VIP, head over to https://vip.wharton.upenn.edu/default.aspx

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ThirdEye–Google Glass Image Recognition Application–Demo Video https://thirdeyeglass.com/post-with-video/ Mon, 01 Dec 2014 03:12:51 +0000 http://demo.rocknrolladesigns.com/wp/jarvis/callouts/?p=90 Check out our demo video to see just how powerful and revolutionary ThirdEye is.

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Check out our demo video to see just how powerful and revolutionary ThirdEye is.

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ThirdEye Founder Rajat Bhageria gives TEDxPenn Talk https://thirdeyeglass.com/tedxpenn/ Wed, 19 Nov 2014 03:25:44 +0000 http://demo.rocknrolladesigns.com/wp/jarvis/callouts/?p=94 This last weekend, ThirdEye Founder Rajat Bhageria published gave a TED talk at TEDxPenn about “What if we can help blind people see.” In the talk, he said that asking the “What if” questions allowed his team to create ThirdEye, when no one (not even the engineers at Google) could. In fact, he said that…

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This last weekend, ThirdEye Founder Rajat Bhageria published gave a TED talk at TEDxPenn about “What if we can help blind people see.” In the talk, he said that asking the “What if” questions allowed his team to create ThirdEye, when no one (not even the engineers at Google) could. In fact, he said that his age was his advantage because it gave him a perspective that others didn’t share.

Stay tuned for the entire video of Rajat speaking.

In the mean time, here is a HuffingtonPost Article about Rajat’s talk. 

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ThirdEye: Helping Blind People See Again https://thirdeyeglass.com/thirdeye/ Sun, 28 Sep 2014 03:08:16 +0000 http://demo.rocknrolladesigns.com/wp/jarvis/callouts/?p=84 The idea for ThirdEye Glass was started in the world’s premier college hackathon PennApps X, where ThirdEye Glass garnered a respectable Top 10 finish.After the event, we got amazing feedback on the potential of our application, and how it can revolutionize the way people see. There’s definitely something we can do for the 7 million…

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The idea for ThirdEye Glass was started in the world’s premier college hackathon PennApps X, where ThirdEye Glass garnered a respectable Top 10 finish.

After the event, we got amazing feedback on the potential of our application, and how it can revolutionize the way people see.

There’s definitely something we can do for the 7 million blind people today. We hope to be able to give them a chance to see again, through our image recognition software that recognizes anything that is in front of them. All they need to say is, “Glass recognize this.” Isn’t this AMAZING?
Moreover, current solutions for blind people cost more than $8000, while our product integrated into the Google Glass only costs $2000.

Professors, doctors and experts have reached out to us offering help and advice on how we could best move forward with our product. We hope to continue to be able to develop our software to be able to really help these blind people.

With a desire to gain mentorship and feedback, we have also joined the Wharton Venture Initiation Program, which incubates Penn startups. This has given us access to professors, research, funding and other resources.

Currently, we’re starting to finalize our partnerships with Philadelphia Ophthalmology hospitals, and we’re planning to have a randomized test to assess our impact.

This is just the start. As Google Glass becomes more affordable, we’ll be able to help even more people gain access to this technology.

Please support our cause by liking our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ThirdEyeApp and visiting our website: www.thirdeyeglass.com

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