- Rajat Bhageria EE’18 (team leader)
- Ben Sandler C’18/ENG’18
- David Ongchoco C’18
- Joe Cappadona ENG’18
There are approximately 7 million blind people who are largely dependent on others currently living in America, with an additional 200,000 people annually. This accounts for more than $41.1 billion in spending for assistive technologies each year. ThirdEye believes in empowering visually impaired individuals.
As a result, the team has created a product that helps give visually impaired persons independence by indicating what is in front of them through audio feedback. The user must only say the words “Okay Glass, recognize this,” to activate ThirdEye, and the pioneering product verbally returns whatever object the user is looking at within seconds (e.g. “5 US Dollar Bill”, or “Ibuprofen bottle”). ThirdEye comes as a package consisting of a smart glass device like Google Glass and a software application.
In the upcoming months, the ThirdEye team plan to do further testing at the Wilis Eye Institute, the nation’s first eye hospital, continuing to improve the product with the help of the National Federation of the Blind–the largest organization for visually impaired patients in the country. Aside from being part of Wharton’s Venture Initiation Program, ThirdEye has also received the support and mentorship of top incubators and venture capital firms like Silicon House, Plug and Play Incubator, and Philadelphia’s very own Seventy Six Capital.
ThirdEye is a team of hustlers and engineers; among the founding team one finds experience in starting a social network for writers, publishing a book, writing a patent, writing for top international publications like HuffPost, winning top hackathons, starting non-profit organizations that have been recognized by the government, and interning at early stage startups.
At the end of the day, the ThirdEye team aims to leave an impact on the world by focusing on the power of technology as a medium to improve the lives of thousands if not millions of people.
And the Winner Is…
At the Wharton Business Plan Competition on April 30, 2015, student team, ThirdEye, won the Michelson People’s Choice Award of 2015—a $3000 cash prize. As part of the Venture Finals “Great Eight”, the innovative and eclectic team was also in the running for the Wharton Social Impact Prize and the Most Disruptive Startup Award of 2015. The team took home won the title of Most Disruptive Startup and the corresponding $1000 cash prize, in addition to the Michelson People’s Choice award of 2015.
- Thatcher Bell (WG’05); Managing Partner, CoVenture.
- David A. Cohen (PAR’14/PAR’16/PAR’17); CEO, Chief Investment Officer and Co-founder, Karlin Asset Management, Inc.
- Robert Corrato (WG’00); Founder & Managing Partner, Devon Hill Capital Partners.
- Karen Griffith Gryga (GEN’93/WG’93); Managing Partner, DreamIt Ventures.
- Richard Perlman (W’68); Founder & Executive Chairman, ExamWorks Group, Inc.
- Veronika Sonsev (WG’05); CEO & Founder, InSparq
- ThirdEye [Official]
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- Wearable Tech to Sustainable Food: The 2015 Business Plan Competition [2015-06-05. Knowledge@Wharton. Penn Wharton]
- Bungalow Insurance Wins Wharton Business Plan Competition Perlman Grand Prize [2015-05-01. Nadine Kavanaugh. Entrepreneurship Blog. Penn Wharton]
- ThirdEye: 2015 Wharton Business Plan Competition Finalist [2015-04-24. Nadine Kavanaugh. Entrepreneurship Blog. Penn Wharton]