Kristi Kuustik Margit Lillemaa
SEMU designs devices for visually impaired and blind people that enable them to use home automation systems to make their homes safer and more efficient. By connecting to pre-existing sensors, the central device gives audio feedback, allowing blind and visually impaired people to use existing technology to secure their homes. When leaving the house, the user presses a button on the wall and is told if a window is open or an electrical appliance is on, and can turn off appliances directly from the device.
Currently the growing home automation industry does not address the 280m people who are blind and visually impaired so SEMU not only helps users, it also creates a new market for partner companies.
SEMU has received grant funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers for an R&D trip around Scandinavia and has built partnerships with the Associations of the Blind and representatives of assistive aid shops in Finland, Denmark and Norway. We have also received a grant funding from Vega Fund that supports knowledge-intensive development projects that aim to implement innovative solution in everyday life.
SEMU has been awarded with the 3rd place EIT Digital Idea Challenge.