The Andhra Pradesh government paid an immense tribute to beloved former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam through a series of announcements and upcoming projects in the state.
After the sudden demise of ‘The Missile Man’ last month, both the houses of the AP legislature observed a two-minute silence in his memory at the start of the assembly session on Monday. Further Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced naming the upcoming IIT in Ongole after the former President.
The move aims to inspire young minds by citing Dr. Kalam’s services to the nation. For promoting exceptional talent in the state, Naidu also announced naming ‘Pratibha Pruskar’ after Kalam. To souvenir Kalam’s memories, he also declared installing his statue in Nagarjuna University.
Naidu said, “When Dr. Kalam passed away, the state government rather than declaring a holiday asked all employees to work for an extra hour to honour Kalam’s wish.” Recently authorities in Delhi renamed Aurangzeb Road to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Marg to pay tribute to the late visionary scientist.
Aiming to lend support to geriatric care by aiding caregivers to reach out to the aged on time, students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur have developed two interconnected android smartphone applications, an official said on Monday.
The app named ‘CARE4U’, developed by an interdisciplinry team of 2nd year B.Tech students, connects the caregiver to the elderly. While one of these apps can be installed on the phones of the elderly, the other can be attached to the smartphone of the caregiver.
“The neural network-based fall detection algorithm in the app installed on the phone of the elderly can detect whether the elderly has fallen down. If there is a fall, it automatically calls the caregiver and emergency services with the location of the elderly person,” a statement said.
The other features include detecting emotion by taking a picture and calculating the mood index. To make this feature more effective the team has developed a cognitive intelligent chatbot for the elderly person to engage with.
“We customized it to recognize the current mood of the person and, accordingly, fine-tune its conversations with that of the person. For example, the chatbot can recommend a motivational quote or an old song when the person is sad,” said team member Kanishka Haldar from the Department of Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering.
Moreover, the app can also do other activities like make a call, send a text, book a cab and so on. It also has a record of medical histories, an account of allergies, an SOS button, real-time location tracking, among others.
The ‘CARE4U’ app includes a ‘Medicine Reminder’ feature to remind both the elderly person as well as the caregiver that it is time for the former to take medicine.