The AI (Artificial Intelligence) based app for reading assistants and document scanners was developed by Rohit Kumar Chaudhary and Kavin Agrawal, both students at IIT Bombay.
According to a press release by the Press Information Bureau (PIB) published on Sunday, the app was launched on August 15 as an indigenous alternative to the ban on its Chinese counterpart.
“Initially, we worked on developing an app to make reading easier for people who have difficulty reading English. Back then, the Indian government banned many Chinese apps, including mobile scanner apps,” said Chaudhary, one of the developers.
Questioned after the ban on the Chinese app CamScanner, both developers found that users were having trouble scanning and organizing documents from their mobile phones.
“It was then that we decided to add scanning capabilities to our existing AIR app,” added Chaudhary.
According to Chaudhary, its exclusive security features are what makes his app special.
“The AIR Scanner app does not collect any information about the user and all documents are stored in the phone’s local storage. We do not use cloud storage to store users’ documents. The app guarantees complete user security,” he said.
According to the version, the document scanned with a mobile camera will be saved in PDF format and saved only on the device.
Chaudhary spoke about the motivation behind the innovation and said he wanted to help people in education.
“As of now it is only available in English, but we plan to make it available in multiple languages so that everyone can easily read each language. We plan to turn this project into a start-up soon,” he said.