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This genius class 9th dropout scrap dealer’s son can turn scrap / leftover tech parts into a computer.

With enough practice and a good DIY guide, anyone can ‘assemble’ a computer from new parts. But Jayant Parab has fashioned it from parts salvaged from e-waste, and cut the acrylic body himself. He got the know how of repairing computers from his elder brother, who repairs computers.

The 16-year-old, Jayant Parab from Mumbai is comfortable in the solitude of his Ghatkopar house, consumed by his 9-inch computer that he has made from scrap.

“I want to make affordable computers. The computer I have made is from leftovers from offices, banks and hospitals,” he says, pointing to his invention. “The screen is similar to one seen in operation theatres. It’s not a real computer. I used bits and pieces from here and there, and acrylic for the body, which I cut myself. What you see is the first step towards achieving my dream,” says Jayant.

Scrap dealer Ravindra Parab, Jayant’s father who set him on this path | Image Credit: Midday

Jayant had set out on actualising this dream much earlier. As a child, he accompanied his father, then a small-time scrap dealer, in collecting ‘waste’. “He picked up things he thought he could use at home. In Std V, he repaired a laptop that an office had disposed of. That was the time I sort of knew that he would end up in the field of computers,” Ravindra Parab, his father.

Today, Ravindra collects scrap — old and unusable computers, other hardwares from offices, hospitals and schools. “This is how e-waste is generated. Some I sell, some I give for recycling and others I hand over to my son,” says Ravindra, looking fondly at Jayant.

The youngster says the e-waste he gets is usually “as bad as it could get”. “But I try to modify it, by adding new parts and wires. So, it becomes as good as new. If nothing, such computers can be used by families and students who can’t afford to buy a regular one,” claims Jayant.

“He had no interest in studies and that pained me,” says his father. But he was impressed with his son’s vision.

I want to ultimately revolutionise the e-waste industry,” says Jayant. The kid hasn’t given up on education entirely, pursuing Std X via correspondence, while dabbling in ethical hacking and security systems.

India Is Also The Fifth Largest E-Waste Producer!

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Emergency Gas (LPG) Leakage 24×7 Helpline by Government of India launched under Digital India

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday inaugurated an all India round the clock helpline — 1906  for LPG leaks.

Each oil marketing company used to have a separate helpline for gas leaks. Consumers now have to just dial 1906, to receive prompt help, Mr. Pradhan said.

The number – ‘1906’ is a call-centre based service, available pan-India to all LPG customers of the three public sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs), a government statement said.

The helpline offers services in nine vernacular languages – Marathi; Gujarati; Bengali; Oriya; Assamese; Tamil; Telugu; Kannada; and Malayalam- apart from Hindi and English, to ensure that the callers are comfortable in registering their grievances.

The number was not toll-free at the moment, but Mr. Pradhan had asked the heads of the OMCs to make it toll-free soon.

These 100% bio-degradable products made out of plant fiber can replace the environment damaging plastics in future.

We all know about the harmful effects plastic has on us as well as the environment. That’s the reason too many corporates are concerned about and are trying to bring more and more biodegradable products into the market.

A year ago we told you about edible cutlery and now it’s Earthware. It’s the South India’s first only manufacturing unit of products made from plant fibre which are 100% bio-degradable.

Earthware
Image Credit: Outlook

 

Earthware manufactures eco-friendly food containers, plates, bowls etc. that are also healthy to eat out of. Products made from fibre like sugar cane, wheat, bamboo, cellulose etc. are known as bagasse products. They are a result of natural plant fibre and compostable.

Earthware
Image Credit: visfortec.com

 

The containers are made of bagasse which are water-resistant, shatterproof, microwave-safe and decomposes on their own within 90 days, which makes them a perfect substitute to plastic.

“We’ve been around for a long time and then suddenly the demand has doubled,” says Samanvi Bhograj, founder of Bengaluru-based Earthware. Samanvi recalls the start point for Earthware, saying, “We weren’t looking at it as a business: it was more of a social responsibility thing for us. The business has emerged now,” she told Indiahikes.

Plastic is toxic! It is full of harmful by-products and chemicals that are released during its breakdown process. Biodegradable products, however, are completely safe and free of toxins which end up harming us over the course of time.

Earthware makes cups,plates, bowls, cutlery and lunch boxes. The Bangalore-based company ships all over India as well as abroad. It’s time for us to shift our focus towards more environment friendly products like these in innovating, spreading and using such products keeping it’s impact on our health and the environment at large.

Did you know these 8 achievements of ISRO which made India stood parallel to America and Russia?

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched a record 20 satellites in a single mission from Satish Dhawan Space Centre with PSLV- C34 in Sriharikota today which led India as a 3rd country in the world to do so. The satellites included Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 19 co-passenger satellites from US, Canada, Germany, Indonesia and two Indian academic institutions.

Image Source: ISRO

US has launched 29 satellites in 2013 and Russia 33 in 2014. India ranks 3rd by launching 20 satellites in 2016 today. It’s not the first time that ISRO is successful in launching satellites in a single mission. It has previously also launched 10 satellites in 2008 in a single mission and now it’s a new achievement in the field of space science.

 

ISRO’s other achievements are:

  1. ISRO had launched it’s first rocket in 1963.
  2. Within 9 years of it’s establishment ISRO was successful in launching it’s first satellite in the orbit of the Earth in 1975.
  3. In 2009 ISRO bagged another achievement by sending humanless satellite to the Moon which led India stand parallel to US and Russia.
  4. In 2014 ISRO made history by successful launch of “Mangalyan”defeating American Space Agency NASA as the cost of India’s “Mangalyan” was much inexpensive than NASA.
  5. India’s cost of satellite launching is 60% lower than the cost incurred by any other foreign space agency.
  6. ISRO has been successful in launching all the foreign satellites so far.
  7. More than 57 space agencies from 20 countries are taking help from ISRO for their satellite launching since 2009.
  8. India is going to soon launch it’s own “Made In India” Satellite Navigation System IRNSS like GPS. All the required satellites for the same have already been successfully launched.

Image Source: ISRO

We congratulate to team ISRO for their achievements so far and wish them goodluck for all their future endeavours and making India shine.

 

How one idea can change the future of a child? Here’s a great example set by Biz Divas Foundation

Anusheela Saha (2016 I Inspire Young Trailblazer Awardee) came up with the idea of The #LightBag – A school bag  – with solar panels and LED lights! The bag can turn to a study lamp at night and can charge itself during the day in just 2 hours.

It’s just a simple idea and it’s already changing 1000s of lives.

light bag

Biz Divas Foundation supports Sahpathi in its quest to address learning deficiencies among underprivileged children of Silokhra, an urban village in Gurgaon.

Electricity is a major problem in most Indian villages and across the world due to which many children are forced to drop their dream for education. But this simple idea is proving a boom for these underprivileged children that they can continue their studies even after sunset in the absence of electricity.

We can spread the news and help more people and organizations to contribute for the bright future of these underprivileged children. Organizations can undertake it as a part of their CSR. 

You can also contribute to this bag’s fundraiser here:https://www.bitgiving.com/iinspire16

The cost involved in making one bag, from start to finish is Rs. 1500, including the cost of the solar panel and LED lights.

ISRO’s Rocket Science Can Now Pump Blood – Major Make In India Innovation For Heart Transplantation

Spin off of the space technology into an artificial heart (LVAD, a blood pumping device) by Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) can now save lives.

In an major Make In India Innovation for the artificial heart a team of ISRO’s Rocket Scientists at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) have been successful in building a small device that can pump blood while spinning off the material and technology used in rocket science.

A team of about two dozen experts like metallurgists, electronic engineers, flow mechanics and conduction specialists have worked for over six years to build the pump and they describe it as work in progress. The device is a mechanical pump that can be implanted in a person’s chest to assist a weak heart pump blood through the body.

This Made-in-India low cost Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) weighs 100 gm and will help people who need heart transplants, replicating the function of a part of the heart that pumps blood.

The device is made of biocompatible titanium alloy and can pump blood at the rate of 3 to 5 litres per minute. Similar imported heart pumps cost crores of rupees, but the ISRO version is expected to cost only Rs. 1.25 lakh.

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It is being tested right now by a team of surgeons on animals and is expected to be ready for use on humans only after a few years of extensive testing. The device was recently tested on five pigs at a hospital in Thiruvananthapuram for a six-hour experiment which doctors said was successful.

“Material used in a rocket, the mechanism used in a rocket, electronics used in a rocket are combined to form the device… which is useful as a first step towards heart transplantation. This device was tested in a pig, and it was found that the pig was alive after fitting it. The other organs of the animal were intact. This shows that it is a very good alternative for an artificial heart,” says Dr K Sivan, Director of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.


In a paper submitted to an international journal in 2011, a scientist from VSSC said: “LVADs are mechanical circulatory devices placed between the left ventricle and aorta that take over the function of a failing heart either partially or completely.”

An advanced cardiac or heart failure may cause a drop in the output of the heart from its normal resting output of about five litres of blood per minute to around two litres a minute. As the output reaches this level, the kidneys, liver, and brain are damaged irreversibly, the paper reads. The LVAD is designed to pump blood at the rate of 3 to 5 litres per minute.

 “This is one of the examples of how work that is done for rocket technology or satellite technology can help human beings. This is an alternate system in case the human heart has difficulties in pumping blood. It provides a bypass pumping system that can definitely help human lives,” said Dr Kiran Kumar, ISRO chairman.
The titanium used is biocompatible and weighs only 100gm. Other studies show LVADs can be used as an alternative to transplant in case of terminally ill patients whose body condition render them unsuitable for transplants.

 

 

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.