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India: Creative Improvisation Key to Innovations
Source: siliconindia.com
Source Date: Tuesday, October 05, 2010
Country: India
Created: Oct 10, 2010

Bangalore: Unlike the American and European economies where innovation is backed with large research and development budgets and huge spending on marketing, Indian innovations focus more on creative improvisation by which it strives to solve the common man's problems. India's constraint-based innovation, which is aimed at ingenuity in product, has received high appreciations across the globe. Tata Nano is one best example for the country's constraint-based innovation which gave wings to the dreams of an average Indian to have a car of his own.

India marks a different chapter in reserve innovation, which is otherwise called an innovation seen first and used first in the developing world before spreading to the industrialized world, by inventing various technological devices that cater to the needs of the masses across the globe.

The Indian pioneers in innovation rewrite the existing standards by reaching out to the large masses with affordable products. India's fast growing economy and improved educational system has given rise to a generation of youngsters who strive to provide solutions for the core issues of the underprivileged and the differently abled people. The alumni of India's top technological institutions such as IITs and other educational institutions have showed their commitment to the society by developing various technological innovations addressing the basic needs of the poor and the disabled in the recent times.

An initiative by a group of students from Bangalore's Government Sri Krishnarajendra Silver Jubilee Technological Institute who developed an operating system (OS) that will help the differently-abled people to use their PCs and laptops is a finest example of Indian model of innovations.

The typical character of the Indian society restricts any innovations to taste the fruits of success that does not please the masses. Moreover, our peculiar economic scenario apprehends only the affordable products. This is the biggest challenge the Indian youth forced to address while promoting their innovations.

Swimming against the tide, Sourabh Siyal and Tushar Agarwal, students of Christ College, designed Eco-wash, a washing machine that is made out of junk material and ran on mechanical and kinetic energy, without the use of electricity. This is the best example of a model that can reach out to the larger population and is a well affordable device for the common man.

Reserve innovation can be better explained with an invention by Munoth Communications, an Indian telecom company, which came up with a unique mobile phone costing less than $50 with which the senior citizens can simply press the red SOS button on the mobile phone to raise an alarm. This is an innovation that can bring healthcare facilities closer to people, at a minimal cost, and can save precious lives. This is highly recommended for any country such as U.S. which has around 12 percent (approximately 40 million) of its population over 65 years old.

Addressing the needs of the differently abled section of the society, a group of former graduates from Indian Institute of Technology-Madras invented a device called Avaz, which is now one of the most useful talking devices for those affected with cerebral palsy. Invention Lab, the company they have formed, sells the device at a target price 1/10th of what was sold abroad and hopes to do better than that.
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