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Furry Robots, Foldable Cars and More Innovations from MIT's Media Lab


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The researchers behind NETRA, which stands for Near-Eye Tool for Refractive Assessment, hope to make their eye-scanner device, which can be attached to a mobile phone, widely available in developing countries to help diagnose vision problems.

"Half a billion people worldwide need glasses but don't have them. This not only impacts their vision, but also leads to illiteracy and poverty," says Ramesh Raskar, Director of the Media Lab's Camera Culture Group. "This is a way to leapfrog all the challenges for a country like India, where there are only about 10,000 optometrists for about one billion people."

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