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Prakhar SharmaTop Contributor
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Which bengaluru startup helped Wuhan get over COVID-19?

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Prakhar SharmaTop Contributor
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  • The three-year-old bootstrapped startup, which was initially a consultancy called Etrix, found the ecosystem more favourable in Europe for its products
  • Unlike AR apps that are bandwidth-heavy and hard to deploy, Scotty uses WebGL, a JavaScript API, to render graphics on a compatible browser

At the height of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Chinese province of Wuhan, where the coronavirus emerged, a Bengaluru startup’s innovation helped deal with it. Wuhan will be coming out of quarantine on April 8, after two and a half months of a lockdown, with new infections dropping to zero. As a Chinese official told Bloomberg in February, “It’s like fighting a war—some things are hard but must be done."

One of the measures Wuhan took was to set up emergency medical centres on a war footing. Ventilators were vital and many came from a German manufacturer, Huber & Ranner. The trouble was technicians could not go to Wuhan to help install them. This is where BlinkIn, housed in the Nasscom CoE in Bengaluru, entered the scene.

Unlike AR apps that are bandwidth-heavy and hard to deploy, Scotty uses WebGL, a JavaScript API, to render graphics on a compatible browser.

“WebGL lets you access a mobile phone’s GPU (graphics processing unit) to run computer vision algorithms. That’s how we bring AR experiences through the Web rather than a mobile app," explains Harshwardhan Kumar, CEO and co-founder of BlinkIn.