Necessity is the mother of invention, and it is hard to think of a time when the world needed brainpower more! The current era of pandemic DEMANDS that we think outside the box. People from all walks of life have risen to the challenge. Tech start-ups, students, entrepreneurs and creative individuals from all over the country are coming up with unique techniques and devices to maintain social-distancing and curb the spread of the virus. Here are five such innovations that have made headlines.
- A class 11 student from Bengal, Digantika Bose, has invented a protective mask that has received national recognition from the Ministry of Science and Technology. It took her 7-8 days to come up with this invention. Her ‘air providing and virus destroying mask’ is being considered for further support by the ministry.
- The professors and students of the Vimal Jyothi College Of Engineering in Kannur came up with an innovative idea to reduce the frequency of contact of essential workers with Covid-19 patients. They devised a robot, ‘Nightingale-19’, to assist patients in isolation wards by providing them with food and medicines. The robot is also equipped with a video calling unit so that patients can converse remotely with their family and doctors.
- Tamchos Gurmet from Ladakh came up with an innovation to control the spread of the virus. Called ‘Infection Free Tap’, is a tap that can be operated by two-foot pedals, thus preventing any contamination by touching the tap and it helps reduce the wastage of water.
- Social distancing has been the buzz word for quite some time now. DROR, a Gurugram based start-up, has created an app that locates other devices around and calculates the real-time ‘social distancing score’ in terms of percentage and grade. With the help of artificial intelligence and machine learning-driven algorithms, it alerts individuals if they are in a crowded space or within 2 feet distance of another person.
- Researchers and professors at IIT Bombay came up with an innovative solution to tackle the problem of the spread of the virus. They developed a portable Ultraviolet sanitizers in less than 5 hours. This can be used to disinfect small personal belongings like currency notes, wallet etc. Two prototypes have been created and the professors are looking at ways to produce it on a larger scale.