Innovations from India – 4

Here are 3 Indian Innovation that rocked the world.

1. GREEN LIVING – STREETS MADE OF PLASTIC

Like many countries, India grapples with an excess of plastic waste. Chemistry professor Rajagopalan Vasudevan devised a way to transform common plastic litter into a substitute for bitumen — the main ingredient in asphalt used for road construction. Known as the “Plastic Man,” Vasudevan’s ingenious invention has already paved 3,000 miles (5,000 kilometers) of plastic thoroughfares in at least 11 Indian states.

2. EDUCATION – CARDBOARD BOXES TRANSFORMED INTO DESKS

In rural India, resources are limited and schools are particularly affected. Most students do not have proper desks, making learning more difficult -contributing to poor eyesight and posture. Marketing company DDB India and the nonprofit Aarambh came up with a creative solution called Help Desk. Made from discarded carton, the cardboard desk doubles as a brief-case like school bag and costs only 20 rupees to produce. The Help Desks are making significant difference in student’s lives and are easy to export to other countries in need.

3. SPEECH AND LANGUAGE – BREATHING TRANSLATES TO SPOKEN COMMUNICATION

At the age of 16, Arsh Shah Dilbagi came up with a revolutionary invention that has the potential to change the lives of people with developmental disabilities and speech impairments. TALK is an AAC – augmentative and alternative communication device – that converts breaths into synthesized sentences or speak-out commands and phrases. His patent-pending technology got the attention of the world – Dilbagi was a finalist at the Google 2014 Science Fair and the portable invention will hopefully be on the market in the near future.

Author: Aditya Bhuyan

I am an IT Professional with close to two decades of experience. I mostly work in open source application development and cloud technologies. I have expertise in Java, Spring and Cloud Foundry.

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