IIT-M start-up gets $1 M or­der from Sin­ga­pore firm

BioSpectrum (India) - - START-UP NEWS -

A start-up born at the IIT-Madras In­cu­ba­tion

Cell has bagged a mil­lion-dol­lar or­der from a Sin­ga­pore-based com­pany to trans­fer tech­nol­ogy used by its first two prod­ucts. The key fo­cus of the tech­nolo­gies is clin­i­cal train­ing us­ing vir­tual pa­tients so that ac­tual treat­ment be­comes safer. The two prod­ucts — "La­paroscopy Sur­gi­cal Sim­u­la­tor with Hap­tics Feed­back" and "In vitro Fer­til­i­sa­tion Train­ing Sim­u­la­tion with Hap­tics Feed­back" — are ex­pected to change the way doc­tors are trained to make the pa­tient safer.

While high-end sim­u­la­tors with hap­tics feed­back cost around Rs 2 crore in the in­ter­na­tional market, these new tech­nolo­gies in­te­grat­ing vir­tual re­al­ity with hap­tics (in­ter­ac­tion in­volv­ing the sense of touch), home-grown in IIT-Madras' Touch Lab, will cost just about Rs 30-35 lakhs. The start-up Merkel Hap­tics was formed in 2011 to con­vert lab work into prod­ucts, and Touch Lab at the Ap­plied Me­chan­ics De­part­ment of IIT Madras was founded to re­search the sense of touch.

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