Meet Diwakar Vaish who has many remarkable achievements in the field of Robotics including his latest Robotic Football Team and brain controlled Wheel Chair at just the age 23

Diwakar Vaish is an Indian robotics researcher and Head of Robotics and Research at A-SET Training and Research Institutes. This 23 years old guy is the developer of India’s first completely indigenous 3D printed humanoid robot Manav at just the age 18, India’s first mind controlled robot and robotic football team, and world’s first production brain controlled wheelchair. These technologies and robots were developed at the labs of A-SET Training & Research Institutes.

Manav, the dancing Robot, designed by Diwakar at just age 18:

Here’s the Diwakar’s story at Media

Diwakar has many achievements to his credit and the list goes on here:

  • He is the developer and the mind behind Manav, India’s first completely indigenous 3D printed humanoid robot which can dance and do push-ups.
  • In 2016, he developed the world’s first production brain controlled wheelchair which uses the brain’s electrical impulses to command the wheelchair. It has been developed for patients of Locked In Syndrome (LIS).
  • He is guest lecturer at IIT Roorkee, IIT (BHU), IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Guwahati, IIT Bhubaneswar, BITS Pilani, BITS Goa, BIT Mesra, NIT Warangal, NIT Kurukshetra, NIT Surat, IIIT Delhi, IIIT Jabalpur, VIT, Vellore.
  • He is the developer of an Unmanned Ground Vehicle named “Versatile” which has the capability of changing its shape according to the terrain.
  • His work has been recognised by former president of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam & Smt. Pratibha Patil.
  • He has delivered two TEDx Talks TEDx Juhu (July 2015) and TEDx IIM Shillong (February 2016).

Diwakar at TedX Juhu

Since then he has not looked back and had been into many mischievous projects including:

  • Making the India’s first fully Autonomous Football playing Humanoid Soccer team.
  • Researching India’s first mind controlled Robot.
  • Lecturering to various top colleges of India which includes 7 IIT’s various NIT’s, BITS, BIT, IIIT, VIT and various other Institutes.

    Made in India 1st mind controlled wheelchair makes movement easy for paralytic patients, designed by Diwakar Vaish at just an age of 23 .

    We wish Diwakar goodluck for all his future endevours and hope many more great achievements coming his way and a revolution in Robotics industry.

 

Remembering the heroes of freedom. The news at Tribune Newspaper in 1931 shocked the Nation.

It’s easy to kill the individuals but you cannot kill the ideas.  Great empires crumbled, while the ideas survived.

Remembering the great heroes Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru who showed us the real meaning of freedom.

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Headline that shocked the Nation:

1931: The Tribune Newspaper reporting #BhagatSingh, Rajguru & Sukhdev’s execution.

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Have you ever imagined what wonders rotten tomatoes can do for you?

Have you ever thought of what rotten tomatoes can be used for? If not, then this is the news for you.

Those red looking tomatoes can actually light up your bulb. Yes, scientists have invented a technique which can aid in producing electricity from the rotten tomatoes. The team consists of an Indian scientist too.

A team comprising Namita Shrestha and assistant professor Venkataramana Gadhamshetty from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and Alex Fogg (an undergraduate student of chemistry) from Princeton University carried out a pilot project and presented their findings at the 251st National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS).

0.3 watts from 10 milligrams of tomato

While they were only able to generate 0.3 watts of electricity in their experiment, the team believes the concept could be scaled up – so much so that Florida’s annual tomato waste could be used to power Disney World for 90 days says Namita Shrestha.

Florida produces huge quantities of tomatoes each year, so much so that 396,000 tons ends up as waste. At present, there is no effective means of disposing of the discarded tomatoes. Often, it ends up in landfill, where it can produce methane (a greenhouse gas), or in water bodies, where it can cause water treatment problems.

Scientists Venkataramana Gadhamshetty and Alex Fogg sought to solve this problem after two years of research. They developed a microbial electrochemical cell that can turn tomato waste into an electric current.

“Microbial electrochemical cells use bacteria to break down and oxidise organic material in defective tomatoes,” said Namita Shrestha, who works on the project. The oxidisation process releases electrons captured in the food cell to become a source of electricity. Researchers found the pigment in tomatoes is very effective at encouraging the generation of electrical charges from the fruit.

However, they are not there yet: “Our research question at this time is to investigate the fundamental electron transfer mechanisms and the interaction between the solid tomato waste and microbes,” Gadhamshetty said.

Expert says global need for clean energy is first step to battling climate change.

Source: hindi.oneindia.com ; ibtimes.co.uk

How one social campaign #UnfairandLovely is transforming the mis-conception of the world

Fairness is not the only certificate of beauty. Dark is also beautiful and the new social campaign #UnfairandLovely is proving it and changing the widely held belief across the world. 

Three friends from University of Texas, Austin have recently started the campaign #UnfairandLovely to prove this world that the dark is beautiful.  Pax Jones, a 21-year-old black student created a photo series featuring stunning images of her Sri Lankan classmates, sisters Mirusha and Yanusha Yogarajah.

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Even in matrimonial sites in South Asian countries, women with “fair complexion” are in high demand than to the dark skinned women, which has resulted millions of men and women around the world have opted for bleaching their skin. This belief, shaped by societal attitudes and reinforced by media messages, is destroying the self-worth of countless people, young and old.

In this campaign they have appealed the Dark colored women to send selfies with the #UnfairandLovely who are undermined with the belief and disgust of being less beautiful than the fairer women.

Results of such misbelief is that skin whitening creams are becoming a big business across the world. Consumers are encouraged to believe that lightening their skin tone a shade or two will enable them to win ‘better’ jobs and spouses and generally improve the quality of their lives.

Over the years, various campaigners have tried to challenge this belief – they argue that beauty is more than skin deep and that dark is beautiful too. Bollywood actress Nandita Das is also associated with alike campaign named dark is beautiful.

Campaign “Unfair & Lovely”is becoming a hit on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) with #unfairandlovely – named after the highly popular Indian skin-lightening cream Fair and Lovely.

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How it all started: Pax told when she was clicking images of Mirusha and Yanusha, they faced absurd comments. She clicked their pictures and they both commented colorism is a social evil underneath. While posting this image on social media many dark colored women started commenting and connecting. This resulted for us to start this campaign under #UnfairandLovely. Pax says it’s a platform for the dark women across the world, which aim to terminate the discrimination for dark colored people. People across the world are supporting the campaign and it’s becoming a hit on Instagram.

“In college, I was abused by a South Asian person who had lighter skin. And someone once threw a bleach balloon at me.” Such incidents are deeply humiliating says Mirusha Yogarajah to BBC.

“We wanted to start a conversation and I think we have succeeded in that” says Ms Jones.

 

 

At the age 17, Eshaan Balbale bridged a muddy gap constructing 100 feets long bamboo bridge in just 8 days

Here’s the story of  a 17 years old Eshaan Balbale student of Thane’s Bedekar College who says just talking or politicizing over issues don’t solve out problems while working on them does.

Meet 17 years old Eshaan Balbale, who created a temporary bamboo bridge 100 feets long in just 8 days and promises for it’s maintenance so that the students in the area can reach their school with safely and hygiene. 

At such an age of 17, realizing the need of the hour to construct the bridge for the Sathe Nagar students and residents he did a tremendous job in just 8 days which politicians and corporations fail to do in years. He constructed 4 feet wide and a 100 feet long temporary bamboo bridge over the fetid nullah in just 8 days over which 50 people can cross the bridge at a time.

He was deeply moved to see the Sathe Nagar students walking through a 1.5 km long filthy, foul smelling sewage to reach school everyday as he spend most of his time in the area. Few residents had even lost their lives during rainy season when water level rises.

The bridge connects Sathe Nagar and PGMP Colony. Crossing the nullah daily for reaching schools was very risky for many children attracting various skin infections and diseases like malaria, dengue and many other, which was also being a cause for various students to drop school. Several parents were also reluctant to send their children to school. I felt terrible when I saw the children wade through the disgusting sludge,” he says. plan to visit the site at least once a month. If the bridge is used responsibly, it should easily last for a couple of years. In the meantime, I will repair the bridge as and when the need arises,” he promises.

Eshaan Balbale set up the NGO Nirbhay Yuva Pratishthan, where he encourages other youngsters to participate in similar philanthropic ventures. He marks his act as a new learning experience for him.

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Eshaan’s future aim is to build toilets and improve sanitation conditions in the area. We wish him goodluck in all his future endevours and hope he becomes an inspiration to more young minds via his NGO Nirbhay Yuva Pratishthan.

Meet World’s first siblings and twins to climb Seven Summits to complete Adventurers Grand Slam and Three Poles Challenge and their message to this world

Nungshi and Tashi Malik are the World’s first twin sisters to  climb Seven Summits to complete Adventurers Grand Slam and Three Poles Challenge.

Sibiling Tashi and Nungshi are Indian originally from Haryana and currently residing in Dehradun. On 16 Dec 2014, Nungshi & Tashi scaled Mt Vinson in Antarctica, completing their ‘Seven Summits’ and becoming the World’s First twin sisters to conquer.

They took up this adventurous challenge and successfully hoisted the Indian flag across the world. They say the mountains are just in our hearts and we have to overcome them first.

Their message to this world: They said nobody asked us about our vision, what we want to do with our lives, no matter what the rest of the world likes to do, you define your life and success. Live the life which you want to live. Giving credit to their father who is a retired Indian army officer, they said he encouraged them to pursue their dreams. He said what are you afraid of and be what you want to be. Live the life on your own terms. You have to make it right and you have to take right decisions. After-all it’s your life.

Here they speak up at Ted-X inspiring people to take up challenges, be adventurous and do what you want to do. You have one life and it’s only one. Here’s what they have to convey to this world:

They reached Mt Everest (World’s & Asia’s highest peak) May 2013 Mt Elbrus (Europe’s highest peak) Aug 2013 Mt Aconcagua (S. America’s highest peak) Jan 2014 Mt Carstensz Pyramid (Australasia’s highest peak) Mar 2014 (World’s youngest and 2nd pair of twins) Mt McKinley (N America’s highest peak) Jun 2014 Mt Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest peak) Feb 2012 and O3 Jul 2015.

After the Seven Summits, on 28 Dec 2014 they reached South Pole on skies and on 21 Apr 2015 by skiing to North Pole the twins have completed the ‘Explorers Grand Slam’ under mission#UnchaiyonSeAage (beyond heights).

Apart from becoming world’s first siblings and twins, they are now the youngest women ever to complete the Explorers Grand Slam. They also wish to contribute to peace through adventure.

Post Everest, the twin sisters successfully completed #mission2for7, conquering the tallest peak in each of the seven continents for the cause of the Indian Girl Child, with the Vision: •Through mountaineering achievements, promote mountaineering as a sport. •Encourage the girl child to dream and achieve. •To win on behalf of all girl children.

We wish them all the best for all their future endevours and their efforts for a vision of peace, encouraging the girls all around.

 

Great idea worth spreading for diminishing the rate of road accidents

Two Girls- Saumya Pandya Thakkar and Shakuntala Pandya,from Gujarat have designed a very innovative idea of painting Zebra crossing in 3D.
It gives illusion and alerts Speeding car drivers to slow down as it appears like Road Blocks at first sight.
This idea is being used near different Gujarati Schools for the safety of children……Way to go  girls!!

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