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Scientists at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar have developed a pedal operated maize shelling machine that has been patented by the government of India. Appreciating the "path-breaking" efforts, Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya, who is the Chancellor of the university, on Tuesday said that by inventing the new technology and tools used in agriculture, the scientists have made farming much "simpler and even a low-cost affair" for small and marginal farmers. "By designing and patenting innovative farm equipment, the students, who are pursuing education in the field of agriculture, will be able to make a mark in the field of entrepreneurship as well, once they complete their education," he added. "The achievement of the scientists and students is a matter of tireless efforts, their skills and hard work. Getting farm equipment developed by them patented by the government of India is an achievement of the university," the Governor said in a statement.
Scientists at Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar have developed a pedal operated maize shelling machine that has been patented by the government of India. | Photo by Pierre Bamin on Unsplash
He said by taking maximum advantage of the Central government's National Food Security Mission, Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization and NABARD's schemes, the machine can be provided to farmers at affordable rates, which will reduce the cost of cultivation and increase farmers' income. He called upon the scientists to develop techniques to make affordable and world-class equipment in their institutions and market them globally. A team of Vijay Kumar Singh, retired professor Mukesh Garg and student Vinay Kumar of the Processing and Food Engineering Department of the College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology of the university has designed and developed the machine. According to Amarjeet Kalra, Dean, College of Agricultural Engineering and Technology, the machine will be very beneficial for small farmers with less land holdings.
This machine will help in preparing the seeds of maize because the grains extracted by it break only up to one per cent and its hourly efficiency is also from 55 to 60 kg. Vice Chancellor B.R. Kamboj said the cooperation of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is "proving a big boon for agricultural research work on the campus". He said the designs of more than a dozen tools used in agriculture have been patented. (IANS/ MBI)
(Keywords: patent, engineering, technology, machine, scientists, agriculture, Haryana, Maze shelling machine, Agricultural Engineering and Technology)
People need light for daily activities, but in some places in the world, access to reliable power is a problem, and hurricanes and earthquakes can make the matter worse.
Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork understand how important light is to people in need. After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Sreshta and Stork, then graduate students in architecture and design at Columbia University, wanted to do something to help.
“We wanted to create something, a basic necessity and we focused in on lighting,” says Sreshta.
As a school assignment, Sreshta and Stork designed a lighting product that was lightweight, portable and wireless and with solar power something that might help improve the safety and living conditions of Haitians.
The result was the LuminAID light. An inflatable plastic, waterproof rectangle light that can be recharged with solar power.
What was only a school project for Stork and Sreshta turned into a more serious endeavor when friends and contacts began sending the lights to those in need.
“We made this in our kitchens and we built the first 50 prototypes by hand,” says Stork.
In their final year of architecture school, Sreshta and Stork filed a patent for the portable lamp, which had solar power and shortly after graduating, the two traveled to India and conducted field tests on their prototype.
Stork says visiting villages without stable access to electricity but ready for solar power products was really meaningful to them.
“It helps us understand the houses and the conditions that these people were living in. And what was so interesting is one of the villages that we’ve visited the house was made out of really thick cement, so even in the daytime, it was completely dark inside the house. So we saw a real need for portable lighting,” Stork says.
In 2011, Sreshta and Stork launched their business LuminAID. They admit that when they started their business, they didn’t know much about disaster relief and humanitarian aid.
“We knew we had a product that could potentially make a difference in people’s lives after disasters like the earthquake in Haiti or even in places where people lack stable electricity,” says Sreshta. “We have been fortunate enough to work with partners like non-government organizations, humanitarian groups and disaster relief organizations which distribute our lights to people in need.”
The company also sells the LuminAID light to customers through their Give Light, Get Light program. And for each purchase by an individual, the program sends a light to someone in need.
“Seeing our lights being used by people around the world creates a mix of emotions for us,” says Stork and Sreshta. “From feeling relieved that we were able to produce and deliver our product, to being humbled by the ability to touch the lives of people we will likely never meet.” (VOA)
- Viral Patel, an Indian American Scientist, has invented a dryer that uses ultrasonic ways of drying clothes
- The dryer does not use heat. And it is claimed to be five times more efficient than a regular dryer
- The inventor is in talks with GE Appliances to bring it in the consumer market
July 14, 2017: Viral Patel is an Indian American researcher and development associate at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennesse. A team of scientists led by him has invented an Ultrasonic Dryer, but unlike a conventional dryer, it would not involve evaporation.
Any conventional dryer, as he explained, is straightforward in its function. It collects air and pushes it in the washing drum, on the way passing through a heater. This heat further absorbs the moisture from clothes.
However, in Patel’s Ultrasonic Dryer, the machine pulls up water from the wet clothes. It consists of transducers that vibrate (when the voltage is applied) at high frequency sucking the water out of clothes. There is no heat involved. As Viral Patel stated to Knoxville News Sentinel, “Instead of evaporation, its technically performing mechanical extraction of the moisture within the fabric.”
The Ultrasonic Dryer is five times more efficient than any other dryer before it.
– by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394
By NewsGram Staff Writer
Shubham Banerjee, a 13-year-old Indian-origin boy, who had invented a low cost portable Braille printer using his Lego toys, is working with IT giant Microsoft to integrate his invention with Windows to make it easily accessible to the visually impaired.
Shubham is an eighth grade student of Santa Clara school in California. He has already started his own company Braigo Labs, which made him the youngest entrepreneur of the world.
His mother Malini is the president of the company and father Neil is Shubham’s mentor.
“I discovered that typical Braille printers cost about $2,000 (about Rs 126,000) or even more, and I felt that was unnecessarily expensive for someone already at a disadvantage,” Banerjee said.
“So, I put my brain to work, and the first thing that came to mind was to create an alternative using my favorite toy,” he added.
The new printer is cheap and consumer friendly, and is 75% lower in price than that of the existing ones.
He has also got an invitation from Microsoft to showcase his new printer Braigo 2.0.
“Our relationship with Microsoft will help Braigo achieve a seamless experience for a visually-impaired person who wants to use a computer at home or at the office to print documents for offline reading,” said Banerjee.
“Also, think about the banks, the government institutions or even the libraries where Windows-based computers are widely used. They will all benefit from having a Braigo to provide accessibility services to their visually impaired customers,” he added.
According to a report, the new product will be available in the market soon with a price tag of $500.