Category — Innovation(RnD)

India Develops ECT Robot Manipulator for Nuclear Power Plants

Scientists at India’s Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics have developed a remotely controlled system for inspecting steam generator tube eddy currents in nuclear power plants, which will remove humans from the potentially hazardous job, according to a Sputnik report.

The system is called the ECT Robot Manipulator, which is a “remotely controlled Five-Degree-of-Freedom robotic system used for positioning a probe below the steam generator tube.” A technician with a remote camera is on hand to make final adjustments, if necessary, to position the inspection probe. The camera allows for “automatic visual position correction to compensate for mechanical errors in the system,” the report said.

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While robotic systems are deployed elsewhere for steam generator tube work, this is a first for Indian technicians, reports Nuclear Street.

November 13, 2017   No Comments

Microsoft Collaborates with Indian Institute of Technology

Microsoft is working with professors at the Indian Institute of Technology at Kharagpur to develop a search engine that will assist users looking for subjective information and trusted opinions. While current search engine algorithms work well with fact-based queries and can provide structured answers, queries based on human experiences and personal opinions are difficult for a standard search engine to understand. Questions such as “How to make small talk with new friends,” or “How does it feel to immigrate to a new country?” do not elicit satisfactory answers.

The Economic Times reports that Microsoft’s Senior Applied Researcher Manish Gupta partnered with professors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur to conduct a study on extracting meaningful information from social conversations to help search engines answer social list queries better by deploying artificial intelligence and machine learning.image representing artificial intelligence

The study eventually proved that, by analyzing multi-word hashtags such as #foreveralone, and #childhoodfeels for example, search engines can now scour social networks and detect valuable insights from public conversations, using a highly effective and precise algorithm.

November 4, 2017   No Comments

Amazon Files Patents for its Drones in India

Using unmanned aerial vehicles, Amazon Prime Air proposes to deliver packages to customers within 30 minutes or earlier, and Amazon Inc., filed a patent application in India for exclusive rights on multi-scale fiducials to be used on its drones to identify them from different distances.

Amazon LogoBusiness Standard reports that these fiducials will have three or more scales, where the child fiducials are nested or linked by a relative position to the parent fiducials, facilitating target identification and tracking. Another application may be focused solely on an innovation that will enable target identification of other drones or similar aerial vehicles. Earlier, Amazon Technologies had filed a patent application in India for a technology that would ensure a quick response from the propellers of a drone in case it detects an object like a human or an animal in its path.

Amazon will expand its drone operations once it establishes the safety and reliability of these systems.

October 12, 2017   No Comments

India’s Agri-Tech Startups Help Improve Agriculture

A Boston Consulting Group study titled ‘The Rising Connected Consumer in Rural India’ says “the number of connected rural consumers is expected to increase from about 120 million in 2015 to almost 315 million in 2020.”

Because of government initiatives such as Digi Gaon (Digital Village) and the Bharat Net project, which provide access to high-speed broadband connectivity, WiFi hotspots, and other low-tariff digital services, “more than half of all new Internet users will come from rural communities and rural users will constitute about half of all Indian Internet users in 2020,” says the study.

To cater to these customers, almost all agri-tech startups in India commenced operations to build mobile apps to solve problems related to quality of soil, weather prediction, pests, disease control, equipment, prices in markets, and storage of grain produced, reports Forbes.

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Bangalore-based Nubesol technologies enables farmers to consult with agricultural scientists and also offers ‘Remote Sensing Technology’ that diagnoses soil health; Agrihub is an e-commerce ecosystem that connects traders, companies, and distributors with the needs of farmers; EM3 offers interventions from soil preparation to harvesting, where farmers pay a service fee calculated on a per-hour or per-acre basis; and Ergos offers micro and medium warehousing services. Pune headquartered AgroStar can receive real-time data on the pest or disease that has affected a crop and offer solutions.

“These startups are increasing productivity, bridging knowledge gaps, and making a huge difference in the way work is done in fields,” notes Forbes.


October 2, 2017   No Comments

India is now IBM’s largest Center for Employment

IBM‘s biggest pool of employees is in India where it employs 130,000 people, or one-third of its total workforce, which is more than the number of people it employs in the U.S., per a report in The New York Times.

IBM LogoBoth low-level and high-level jobs are assigned to India. Core operations, as well as a major part of IBM’s research is also carried out in the country. Watson AI technology that was developed in India last year, currently helps fashion designers roll out unique clothes, reports Money Control. IBM partners with Manipal Hospitals in Bangalore where treatment for cancer is done using Watson. Doctors from New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offer recommendations for the best treatment.

The company is now searching for the next crucial market in the country: the lower-income segment in India who have largely been overlooked by the tech revolution.


September 30, 2017   No Comments