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Most Amazing Innovations From India
India is known to be a land of many inventions. Guess what? The number ‘0’ took birth first in India, followed by chess, Ayurvedha, diamond ornaments and so many ‘firsts.’ With the change in time, Indians are coming out with some real inventions that not only hypnotizing the people in home land but also to the world. Here are the names of some technology inventors from India who are making it big by living their dreams-
1. Vijay Balasubramaniyan, CEO and Co-founder at Pindrop Security, came out with an innovative technology that can detect where a call is coming from by analyzing its audio quality and the noise on the line. If a call goes purportedly from one place, it has the audio signature of a call from the other side of the world, his technology can sound an alert. The company Balasubramaniyan founded counts several banks and an online brokerage firm as loyal customers.
2. A Stanford academic, Balaji Srinivasan co-founded genetic-testing company—Counsyl that helps prospective parents to test their risks of passing on genetic conditions to their future children. Before he co-founded Counsyl, Srinivasan taught data mining, statistics, and computational biology in the Department of Statistics at Stanford University. His name has been featured in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, and Nature Reviews Genetics. The company is testing around 3 to 4 percent of all births in the U.S. So with 4 million births per year, that would put them at around 120,000 to 160,000 tests annually.
3. Eesha Khare, an 18-year-old Indian-American girl has invented a super-capacitor device that could potentially charge cellphone in less than 20 seconds. Khare was awarded the Young Scientist Award by the Intel Foundation after developing the tiny device that fits inside mobile phone batteries, which could allow them to charge within 20-30 seconds. The so-called super-capacitors, a gizmo can pack a lot of energy into a tiny space, charges quickly and holds its charge for a long time. For her outstanding invention, Khare has been awarded $50,000 for developing the tiny device and has also attracted the attention of tech giant Google for her potentially revolutionary invention.
4. Deepika Kurup, a 15-year-old high school freshman from Nashua, NH won the 2012 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge for her clever device, which uses solar power to disinfect contaminated water. With the help of the award, she created a solar-powered water purification system that is green, sustainable, cost effective and easily deployable, earning her the title of "America's Top Young Scientist." In a developing country like India, Kurup’s low-cost invention could be a game-changer.
It was Kurup’s visit to India for a vacation where she has pinned up her mind to do something for the global water crisis as she witnessed children drinking dirty water from a stagnant pool.
5. Mansukhbhai Prajapati, a famous rural innovator from Gujarat is well-known for his earthen clay based functional products. Prajapati designed a low-cost clay fridge called ‘Mitticool’ that required no electricity and continued to function in the event of major catastrophes or blackouts. His invention is part of a growing trend in India that has become known as "frugal innovation"--below-the-radar inventors across the country devising low-cost solutions to local problems, often created of necessity, by employing its own technologies of their own creation.
6. Raj Singh Dahiya in Rajasthan who never even stepped into a school, developed an efficient biomass gasifier that ensures smooth operation of any engine at a low operational cost. Biomass gasifiers basically convert woody biomass, agricultural wastes like rice-husk, coconut waste etc. into a combustible gas which can be burnt like conventional gaseous fuel for thermal applications, or fed into diesel and gasoline engines. This biomass-based gasifier unit processes about 20 kg of bio-waste to run an engine of 30 HP for an hour.
7. G. D. Naidu, an Indian inventor and engineer often referred to as the Edison of India is credited with the manufacture of the first electric motor in India. His contributions were primarily industrial but also span the fields of electrical, mechanical, agricultural (Hybrid cultivation) and automobile engineering. He had only primary education but excelled as a versatile genius.
Naidu invented 'Rasant' razor, a small motor operated by dry cells, which was later developed at a factory in the German town called Heilbronn. Among his other inventions were super-thin shaving blades, a distance adjuster for film cameras, a fruit juice extractor, a tamper-proof vote-recording machine and a kerosene-run fan.
8. Anadish Kumar Pal is an Indian inventor, poet, and environmentalist who has obtained nine United States patents, a significant patent issued in 2009 for an electromagnetically controlled, fuel-efficient internal combustion engine. Pal is not a qualified designer or engineer. After dropping out of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in 1982, he took to prototyping in electronics, which was his hobby. He designed a DXing radio receiver when he was 14, which never worked; however, he designed his own circuit and made all the PCBs himself.
9. Vinod Dham is popularly known as the Father of the Pentium chip, for his contribution to the development of highly successful Pentium Processors from Intel. He is a mentor, advisor and investor; and sits on the boards of many companies including promising startups funded through his India based fund – Indo U.S. Venture Partners, where he is the founding Managing Director.