One-third of the world’s 39 million blind people live in India. Literacy rates among the visually-impaired are low; in India, fewer than 5% of blind children receive an education.
Thinkerbell Labs, based in Bangalore, has developed a Braille learning device called “Annie” that teaches students to read, write and type in Braille. The U.K. royal family tried out Annie last year.
The seed funding from Indian Angel Network and Anand Mahindra from India’s Mahindra Group conglomerate will support the product’s launch in India and piloting in the U.K.