Category: Innovations

Indian 10th grader builds landmine-detecting drone, bags Rs. 50m in funding

landmine detecting drone Harshwardhan Zala

At 14 years of age, most students don’t even think about national security. Harshwardhan Zala however is different. The 10th grader from Sarvoday Vidhyamandir in Bapunagar, Gujarat, India has developed prototype of a landmine-detecting drone for war areas. Even better, the young innovator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Rs. 5 crore with the Gujarat state government. The deal, in order to facilitate development of drones for detecting landmines in war zones, has been signed with the Department of Science and Technology in Gujarat. Read More…

Heartbeat-powered, Swiss watch-style device will power pacemakers of tomorrow

 

watch like pacemaker battery

On the tune of automatic watches that harvest power from movement of the wrist, researchers have developed a wristwatch-style device, which will power pacemakers by drawing power from the heart itself. The smartwatch-style device is created by two researchers – Andreas Haeberlin and Adrian Zurbuchen from the University of Bern and Michigan respectively. Read More…

Two Indian chemists invent groundbreaking CO2 capture and utilisation method

Tuticorin chemical plant

Tuticorin Alkali Chemical plant in Indian State of Tamil Nadu has become world’s first to feature a new method to capture carbon emission and convert it into baking soda and other useful compounds. Two Indian chemists from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur invented a chemical that can strip the CO2 to facilitate filtering and conversion into useful compounds including those used in glass manufacturing, sweeteners, detergents and paper products. While the carbon capture concept isn’t new and is being explored by scientists around the globe, the Indian method is practical, affordable at small-scale industrial models, and is brings down overall operational cost as well. Read More…

MIT researchers develop advanced, self-learning algorithm to revolutionize carpooling

NYC Carpooling algorithm

After Uber and Lyft explored the potential of carpooling using mobile data, researchers have also started to prepare themselves technically to adapt to this trend. Carpooling, if used efficiently with the help of huge amount of data extracted from millions of taxi rides and maps of road network, can reduce the traffic congestion, save fuel and time, and reduce vehicular pollution along with road accidents in the New York city, claims the researchers at the MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). Read More…

Indian researchers working on stealth underwater vessel with penguin-inspired fins

IIT-Mandi Stealth Ships
Indian Institute of Technology- Madras claims to have developed bio-inspired propulsion system that will make water and areal vessels faster, more flexible, and undetectable. Researchers suggest development of fin-like blades that are inspired from penguins, turtles and fish. These fins are considered to be super-efficient propellers as well as rudders that rotate and move like penguins. Read More…

Scientists develop heat-activated ‘bionic penile implant’ to treat erectile dysfunction

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A new prosthesis is promising relief to patients of erectile dysfunction with their heat-activated penile implant. The US researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison claim to have completed successful testing of the implant. The team believes that it can offer betterment in quality of life to 50 percent of men between 40-70 years age group who suffer erectile dysfunction at one or other stage of their lives. Read More…

Kissenger iPhone accessory simulates a kiss in real time

Kissenger iPhone accessory

Smartphones have really changed the way in which you interact with your friends, family and lover. It has made possible on the go video calling capabilities over the internet, so that you never feel alone, especially in a long distance relationship. But there comes a time when you long for physical intimacy. Perhaps, you desperately need Kissenger, a kissing messenger that simulates the caress of a real kiss.
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Newly developed bacteria-powered battery to make disposable, standalone papertronics a reality

Bacteri-powered paper battery
Self-powered papertronics development is in infancy because the energy sources put a limit on it. To deal with it, paper-batteries are being extensively researched to explore full potential of the technology. In a similar attempt, researchers at the Binghamton University, State University of New York, has developed a paper battery that is powered by bacteria by harnessing its cellular respiration as energy.
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Microsoft’s leading machine learning platform Cortana Intelligence Suite to help fight blindness

Microsoft to help fight blindness

The prestigious L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in India has been working with global academic, medical, and technology institutes to enhance the quality of eye-care and to make it accessible to more people across the world. Now, Microsoft has announced collaboration with the LVPEI with the launch of Microsoft Intelligent Network for Eyecare (MINE). So, it has now become mission-driven global consortium of experts from every corner of the world. It matters a lot for estimated 285 million people suffering from blindness or eye-related diseases worldwide. Out this total sum, 55 million are in India only. By 2020, number of children with blindness is estimated to reach 2 million. Read More…

Coop Italia opens Supermarket of the Future to reshape grocery shopping experience

Supermarket of the Future

A new flagship store in Milan’s University area of Bicocca claims to have taken first step to reshape the experience of shopping which is a mixture of physical and virtual supermarket environment or say augmented reality. Coop Italia, one of the largest supermarket chains in Italy, teamed up with Accenture to open the ‘Supermarket of the Future’ store. The innovators are of the opinion that it will enhance experience to make it more personalized and organized shopping. Read More…

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