As lockdown restrictions ease further, the uneasiness associated with stepping
out is only going to shoot up. ?What if I unknowingly contract the virus?? is
another plague that?ll take over minds all over the country when this does
happen. To help ease this seemingly normal fear, Indian startup AjnaLens
[https://www.ajnalens.com/] has developed a pair of augmented reality smart
glasses that could be an effective way to keepCOVID-19in check in India.
Called the AjnaTX Series, the smart glasses make use of augmented reality to
layer information over live camera feed to provide useful information in
real-time. With the attached infrared sensor, the startup claims that the
glasses can scan up to 300 people in a matter of 3 minutes as its reading
response time is less than 300ms.
While thermal scanning is probably one of the most important aspects of the
smart glasses, there?s much more to it. The glasses can monitor social
distancing, identify individuals with facial recognition, estimate the age of
individuals, track attendance, and detect if an individual?s wearing a mask or
While the AjnaLens can be customized in their use (for instance, it can also
help track attendance in offices along with temperature readings), they?re
currently aimed at helping combat the pandemic. The results of the temperature
readings are quite simple to understand.
A red box around an individual signifies high fever with a temperature reading
shown below. Similarly, an orange box means a person isn?t wearing a mask and
doesn?t have a fever whereas a white box means the person is wearing a mask and
doesn?t have a fever.
While I might not be speaking on behalf of all, I won?t be stepping out of my
house unless I know that precautions such as wearing masks and maintaining
social distance are being enforced. It is here where a solution such as the
AjnaLens smart glasses makes a profound impact. Not only does it help
authorities in efficiently monitoring a crowd but it?s also likely to instil
confidence in people who are sceptical of stepping out.
Glasses like these will be immensely useful to public spaces like shopping
malls, schools, commercial complexes, bus and train stations, and factories
amongst other places. In fact, the startup is already in talks with multiple
stakeholders including several state governments, shopping malls, and
universities, amongst others, to have these glasses deployed.
The price of the glasses ranges from INR 2.72 lakhs to INR 4.99 lakhs depending
on the software capabilities that are chosen to be added. For inquiries and
orders, you can head to theirwebsite
AjnaLens was established back in 2014 and claims to have designed and
manufactured AR/VR/MR solutions for Defence, Education and Enterprise. Earlier
this year, the startup also raised $1.5 million in a Pre-Series-A funding round
led by Maharashtra Defence and Aerospace Venture Fund (MDAVF) and HNI investors
like Nailesh Khimji, Chirayu Khimji, Jay Jesrani, and Mohsin Group.
Delhi-based startup Indian Robotics Solution also came up with a similar
solution, officially known as the Thermal Screening Headgear, that would help
authorities scan body temperature from a safe distance. You can read more about