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Young innovators connect technology to society

By Binu Paul, SiliconIndia   |   Tuesday, 30 November 2010, 02:21 Hrs   |    8 Comments
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Young innovators connect technology to society
Bangalore: Most of the modern day innovations eye the rich, the affluent and the technologically well-read. The current generation of India's technical students has shown their mettle in the world stage where their technological innovations are considered to be the best. But India being a nation consisting one third of the world's poor needs more innovative ideas and concepts directed towards improving the human conditions of the less privileged and the downtrodden.

It's here the creation of three young innovative minds from the Sinhagad Institute of Technology gains its significance. They have created the S.N.A.P. Eyewriter that costs only 750 which can make the mouse obsolete and come to the aid of quadriplegics and paralytics, reports the Pune Mirror. Nitesh Prakash, Sumit Kumar and Paras Kumar all third year Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering students of SIT, took up a social cause for their collage project and came up with an eyewriter which will use the eye as an interface to point to icons or even write on a screen.

Inspired by Pranav Mistry who has worked on the Sixth Sense technology, the boys also consulted James Powderly who lent them an open source software that they needed for the S.N.A.P Eyewriter. To make the price cheaper, they bought a locally made camera and used regular film.

The S.N.A.P. Eyewriter, uses a spectacle to navigate the computer screen. The students used a camera, Infra Red (IR) LED transmitters, an IR filter, eyeglasses and wire for hardware. The software detects and tracks the position of an eye and uses a calibration sequence to map the tracked eye. It also has an eye-drawing software which creates strokes on the screen. Although it works separately now, they have plans to release a combined version too.

The project report by the trio details the use of this device. It can be used for paralyzed people, who cannot move any other part of their body except for their eyes. It is a great relief for the paralyzed as it adds a recreational purpose to it whereby gaming experience can also be enhanced by replacing the mouse pointer with the eyepointer. On the future plans, they say the system can be used not only to write or draw but even to operate a wheelchair and any other robotics could also be controlled with it.

This is just the beginning by the youngsters, but this is really an eye opener for the economically privileged students in the reputed technical schools who can change the so-called 'undeveloped and poor India' image by their innovative ideas. We have organizations such as National Innovation Foundation working towards eradicating poverty and degradation from the Indian soil. The recent innovations such as solar lamp and water filter have helped the poor to a great extend. What we need is the bright minds of India that can connect innovations with society and enterprise and which can impart the scientific and technological knowledge to the masses, the illiterate and the needy.

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Reader's comments(8)
1: too good.. i would not say amazing but its more than excellency and a beginning to let world know we were we are and we willbe always be the innovators....
Posted by:ankita baheti - 30 Nov, 2010
not only innovators.. promoters
shan Replied to: ankita baheti - 06 Apr, 2011
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Posted by:krilx - 30 Nov, 2010
4: well done guys....
congrates for this innovation...
Posted by:priyanka - 30 Nov, 2010
5: this isthe best way to start innovations in the country INDIA
Posted by:PRIYANK SHASTRI - 30 Nov, 2010
6: ...........and hopefully our future leaders too!
Posted by:bonti - 29 Nov, 2010
7: the gap of digital divide should be eliminated
Posted by:Anas - 29 Nov, 2010
8: In our country youth have several innovative ideas. Several high school teachers and students,Engineering Students and others write to me about their innovative ideas and where to send them for funding.

Though we have National Innovation Foundation,TePP(DSIR),NRDC,TIFAC etc., there must be an organization YOUTH INNOVATIONS to support them. This willevaluate the innovations and will support the best innovations with funds.

Also Private Industrial giants like TATAs,Birlas,Infosys,Wipro,Mahindras etc., can create a YOUTH INNOVATION FUND to support Innovations. This will in turn help their own industry to implement innovations.

In abroad there are many organisations which support Youth with their Innovations. Here are some examples:


Who we are
Youth Innovations was established to empower young people, and create opportunities for inclusion. Working with organisations from every sector, Youth Innovations creates a tailor made approach to ensuring effective youth involvement at every level.
Youth Innovations is also the home of some very innovative youth engagement tools that you won’t find anywhere else.
Since its inception, Youth Innovations has flourished and expanded to meet the needs of young people across range of sectors including youth empowered event management, national seminars and workshops, youth empowered marketing and media relations, and investment in Young Innovators.
What we believe in
Young people often there are barriers between them and service providers. This includes central government that passes law, local authorities that provides a house, a private company that runs a shopping centre or provides insurance , or a charity that needs volunteers.
Young Innovators
Are you a Young Innovator?
If you are, this is for you.
Youth Innovations’ Young Innovators program invests both money and skills into young people with ideas, designs or plans that could be the next innovation.
You may have an idea for a business, but need some money and some expert advice.
You may invented something and need guidance to protect your ideas, and make something of it.
You may think you have found a gap in the market that you have the skills to fulfil, but lack the finance to get going.
We are here support you throughout your journey. Contact us in confidence, and find out how we can support you.
We are also always looking for skilled young people to join the team. If you think you’ve got what it takes to become and innovator, get in touch.

Contact Us
To find out more about Youth Innovations and what they can do for you:
Telephone: 07737 802163

Innovations in Civic Participation

Welcome to Innovations in Civic Participation
Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) is a non-profit organization supporting the development of innovative high-quality youth civic engagement policies and programs both in the US and around the world.
ICP is a leader in the global movement to promote sustainable development and social change through youth civic engagement. We embrace a positive view of young people that recognizes their potential to create beneficial and lasting social change in their communities through active participation in service opportunities.

ICP's Activities
ICP supports the field of youth civic engagement worldwide through a variety of functions:

I. Incubating Innovative Ideas and Scaleable Models for scaling up national youth service and service learning. This includes legislative advocacy, capacity building, research publication and other support of innovative ideas such as Summer of Service and Pathways to Teaching.

II. Creates and Expands Global Networks of individuals and organizations committed to developing youth civic participation. ICP serves as the secretariat tot he leading network in global service learning in higher education, the Talloires Network, and to the only global national youth service organization, the International Association of National Youth Service.

III.Consults with Governments, International Organizations, and Other Clients on designing national youth engagement policies and programs, trainings and evaluation programs. For example, ICP has collaborated with the World Bank to show the positive impact of youth civic engagement on development.

IV. Conducts Research and Publicizes Information on youth civic engagement, especially national youth service and service learning, including in relation to Green Youth Service and Regional Capacity Building. ICP emphasizes information on quality practices and policy frameworks in order to enable greater impact and effectiveness. See ICP's Resources and Program and Policy Database.

V. Serves as a Financial Intermediary to support the development of innovative youth service programs and to promote the development of national youth service policies through small grants and award programs.

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India has an advantage because we have huge number of youth which is a great asset. Innovation is the key for development. INNOVATE OR PERSISH IS THE PRESENT MANTRA IN INDUSTRY.

Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore (AP)
Posted by:Dr.A.Jagadeesh - 29 Nov, 2010