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GA Tech Students shine at Collegiate Inventors Competition

Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Poornima Narayanan Email Compiled/partly written by Suzanne Sen and Poornima Narayanan
December 2017
GA Tech Students shine at Collegiate Inventors Competition


Charu Thomas (left) and Sarthak Srinivas (right).

Sarthak Srinivas, a fourth year computer science student, and Charu Thomas, in her third year of industrial engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, emerged as finalists in the Collegiate Inventors Competition in Alexandria, Virginia, held in November 2017.

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Sarthak Srinivas wearing his PickAR augmented reality headset.

Locating for items in huge warehouses is a physically demanding and tedious job. A stint as a picker in a huge warehouse—the job involved maneuvering a heavy cart while toting other gadgetry—got Sarthak thinking about how technology can be leveraged in everyday contexts. Together with fellow students, he came up with PickAR—AR standing for augmented reality—a headset that uses technology to search and find items in warehouses quickly and painlessly.

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Sarthak went on to cofound Oculogx with Charu Thomas. Oculogx is an augmented reality platform for use in warehouse searching and order processing operations. The technology can be extended later to retail stores, says Sarthak. In October 2017, Oculogx was declared the winner at the Atlanta Startup Battle; Sarthak and Charu walked away with $100,000 in prize money which they intend using to scale up their project.


Sarthak hails from Bangalore; Charu (left) came to the USA for graduate studies from Australia.

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