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  • FaaDoO Innovations that have given India reasons to cheer

    HAD THERE been a robot which could go into the hotels where terrorists held guests hostage during the 26/ 11 attack and sent images from inside, the security forces could have perhaps handled the situation better and the casualties would have been limited.

    Similarly there could be many tools and machines which if available, could simplify the entire process and benefit the entire human race. With this in mind, we bring to you top 3 innovations from FaaDoO Engineers, which we think can really go a long way...

    Innovator: Akash Sinha, DTU, Delhi
    Innovation: Remote operated lightweight vehicle that can be controlled from a distance of a kilometre

    This robot has a camera and is driven by wireless control. It can move at a speed of 10 km per hour on all surfaces and can also climb stairs. The unit is equipped with a robotic arm — which is capable of lifting weights up to 30 pounds — and sensors operated through remote control. Thus, the robot can sniff out explosives and lift them to take to a safe place.

    The National Security Guard and police forces have shown interest in the robot which can be used for border surveillance and even landmine detection. In fact, a prototype has already been supplied to the Defence Research Development Organisation.

    “I and my wife Jyoti have been working on this for the past one and-a-half years. Earlier, I made robots for the US army during my association with an American company,” said Sinha, who has been selected for the DST-Lockheed Martin Indian Innovation Award, which gives an opportunity for the innovation to be commercialized globally.

    Innovator: Sapna Behar, IIT Bombay
    Innovation: Lowcost, battery operated portable endoscope for ear, nose and throat

    This endoscope, of the size of a small camera, is mainly meant for the ill-equipped primary health centres in the country which still use devices such as otoscopes, tongue depressors and head lights. The device can record and store diagnostic video images for future reference. Behar has identified two-three hospitals in Bangalore for trials of the device.

    Innovator: Rajendra Sadhu
    Innovation: Vesag, a health watch

    Concern for the well-being of his ageing parents in Hyderabad led US-based Rajendra Sadhu to develop Vesag, a health watch that can be worn on the wrist or as a pendant. It monitors parameters such as pulse, ECG, body weight, blood sugar and blood pressure though a wireless system which interacts with health devices such as the chest belt and body scale.

    The watch has a SIM card which sends data to a server located in the US, and is fitted with an emergency button which, if pressed, alerts the families of the users through the server. Caregivers who are given a password can access the data related to the watch user using their cell phone or computer.

    Sadhu has patented the technology in the US, India and China.

    The device is being widely used in India, Lebanon, Brazil and Russia.

    It has found a market among families of Alzheimer’s patients as it is fitted with GPS. “Since these patients tend to be forgetful, families want to be able to track them,” Sadhu explained.