Head, Camera Culture Group
MIT Media Lab
The Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab aims to create a new class of imaging platforms, making the invisible visible by using a new generation of cameras to see outside and inside our bodies. The group accomplishes this goal in 2 ways: by building affordable health diagnostics and by organizing health-tech partnerships to bring together MIT’s excellence in technology, innovation, engineering and entrepreneurship with global community partners skilled in providing quality health care.
One diagnostic, EyeNetra, is a mobile phone attachment that allows users to test their own eyesight. The device reveals corrective measures thus bringing vision to billions of people who would not have had access otherwise. Another project, eyeMITRA, is a mobile retinal imaging solution that brings retinal exams to the realm of routine care, by lowering the cost of the imaging device to a 10th of its current cost and integrating the device with image analysis software and predictive analytics. This provides early detection of Diabetic Retinopathy that can change the arc of growth of the world’s largest cause of blindness.
The health-tech partnerships aim to create community-responsive, patient-centric, innovative technology solutions to address pressing health challenges, locally engage and develop the next generation of entrepreneurs, engineers, and researchers within partner communities, foster a strategically structured global ecosystem for purposeful innovation, significantly accelerate the development and deployment of targeted, cost-effective, globally scalable health technologies for first-mover advantage, and to deploy new health technologies that stand to disrupt and greatly improve the way health care is practiced in both partner communities and around the world.
At the foundational core of these HealthTech collaborative partnerships will be MIT-facilitated weeklong “boot camps” held on-location in global partner communities. In addition to sharing information on the co-development model, Ramesh Raskar will also share success stories from several of his group members and from other “bootcamp” participants.