Smart Devices from BlueEast Pvt. Ltd., the technology wing of Orient Electronics, has won first place and Rs. 300,000 in cash money in the Pakistan Mobile App Awards 2016 for their home automation product which also serves as a disability application for visually impaired individuals. Their product contains a smart switch board with an accompanying application that allows you to remotely control your switches and plugged in appliances.
The Pakistan Mobile App Awards is an annual competition governed by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in collaboration with Ministry of IT and Telecom Pakistan, Special Talent Exchange Program (STEP) and Telenor. The program has been developed to promote new ideas and push innovation in technology. The theme of this year’s competition was “Embracing Mobile Accessibility” so participants were asked to work on digital inclusion and addressing the needs of people with disabilities.
According to a press release issued by BlueEast Ltd, the motivation for making the product had come from the team leader’s personal experience. “In 2014, a close friend was involved in a terrible accident that disabled him. When I went to see him, I realized how difficult life was for him. He couldn’t sleep because the lights and the air conditioner were on and he couldn’t switch them off without help,” explains Abdul Ghaffar. “I wanted to do something to change that. This is why I developed Smart Devices and now with BlueEast we can focus on making this a reality.”
Smart Devices utilized the Google Talkback function in Android to design a user interface so the application comes with vibration and audible feedback that enables disabled people to control their living spaces through their mobile phones. In addition, the team is also working on voice enabled commands to further enhance their application accessibility.
While the scope of Smart Devices has evolved considerably after its recent acquisition by BlueEast Pvt. Ltd, the focus of improving accessibility is still at the startup’s heart, albeit now reinforced by BlueEast’s backing and product vision.
The award winning team has already furnished a ready for market product in collaboration with Orient Electronics which will hit the market soon.