• More than 2 million people around the world have lost their sight from diabetic retinopathy – a figure that is expected to double by the year 2030 – and according to the World Health Organization, early treatment can reduce the chance of vision loss by more than 90 percent. The inSight team has developed a solution called ‘PRISM,’ Incorporated into a comfortable pair of sunglasses, it can quickly photograph the retina to detect retinopathy without the need for a trained professional. Trading mobile computation for advanced optics, they have reduced the cost of a retinal imaging system (like a fundus camera) from $50K-$200K to just under $50.

    More than 2 million people around the world have lost their sight from diabetic retinopathy – a figure that is expected to double by the year 2030 – and according to the World Health Organization, early treatment can reduce the chance of vision loss by more than 90 percent. The inSight team has developed a solution called ‘PRISM,’ Incorporated into a comfortable pair of sunglasses, it can quickly photograph the retina to detect retinopathy without the need for a trained professional. Trading mobile computation for advanced optics, they have reduced the cost of a retinal imaging system (like a fundus camera) from $50K-$200K to just under $50.

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More than 2 million people around the world have lost their sight from diabetic retinopathy – a figure that is expected to double by the year 2030 – and according to the World Health Organization, early treatment can reduce the chance of vision loss by more than 90 percent. The inSight team has developed a solution called ‘PRISM,’ Incorporated into a comfortable pair of sunglasses, it can quickly photograph the retina to detect retinopathy without the need for a trained professional. Trading mobile computation for advanced optics, they have reduced the cost of a retinal imaging system (like a fundus camera) from $50K-$200K to just under $50.

School of Architecture + Planning students win thousands in grants for business startups


Several students from the School of Architecture + Planning were members of winning teams this year in a series of competitions awarding grants for startup enterprises, mostly aimed at addressing challenges in the developing world.

Go here for a look at their brilliant ideas


Topics: Architecture, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E), International development, Media Lab, Startups, Urban studies and planning

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