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Saturday, November 29, 2008

World's first back to back computer monitor from India

Innovator Dr Janardhana Reddy was among the cream of innovators present at Inventors of India workshop.Chennai-based innovators patented the X View, the world's first back-to-back computer monitor technology.The concept makes it possible for two or more users seated on either side of a notebook or desktop computer monitor to simultaneously view, share and digitally interact with the same content,including web content. X View is a collaborative effort, the idea for which came from a cardiothoracic surgeon -- Chennai-based Dr D Janardhana Reddy of Vijaya Heart Foundation -- and has been developed by technocrat-inventor L Narayan, managing director of Silicon Labs Pvt. Ltd. - a Chennai-based bio-medical engineering company and his team of engineers.
Read: CDRinfo, Hindu
Patent : WIPO

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wonder Whiz Kids

Wonder Whiz Kids- home school online library is a free service. Science is most interesting to learn when students are allowed to experiment. One can start by creating interest in Science by using resources like this one created with passion by Dr.A.Vidyasagar of Avantel.

Avantel Limited

Avantel Limited, Hyderabad is promoted by Dr A.Vidyasagar, technocrat from IIT Kharagpur. The firm forged strategic relationship with ISRO and offers several wireless systems.
MSS Reporting terminals for ship to shore data communication through Indian satellites are configured through a PC based work station with a user friendly GUI. The architecture is scalable and flexible to take care of future requirements. The data communication is highly secure with interface to a range of applications for command and control. These terminals work on a wide beam near omni directional antenna and hence are operational without satellite tracking and stabilization.

To send short messages from ship to main land, these terminals are ideal solution. They are mounted on the ship and use INSAT MSS payload to communicate to the destination through HUB. User in the ship can send the text or GPS messages through serial port to the terminals. Terminals can be configured in aloha, TDMA mode and Auto GPS Mode.

Request for proposals from MRC

The McLaughlin - Rotman Centre for Global Health (MRC) and its Ethical, Social and Cultural Program for the Grand Challenges in Global Health (GCGH) Initiative invite individuals, institutions, organizations and companies from the developing world to submit proposals for:

Develop a prospective cost-effectiveness analysis model that assesses in a specific developing country setting the potential cost-effectiveness of novel point-of-care diagnostic devices designed to detect common infectious diseases in the developing world.

Design and pilot-test a public engagement strategy for the introduction of nutritionally enhanced foods in low- and middle-income countries to counter micronutrient deficiencies in the developing world.

Dead Line for submitting proposals : 16/01/2009

for details :

Thursday, November 20, 2008

R and D Innovation Council

Zinnov launched R&D Innovation Council on August 7th 2008. Zinnov, management consulting firm was promoted by Vijay Swaminathan (KPMG) and Pari Natarajan (Praja).According to Zinnov, the convergence of large R&D talent in the country today, experienced leaders, innovation eco-system created by the MNC companies, network of institutions (providing research backbone) and a strong local market is driving innovation in and to India. Moving up the value chain and being seen as Value centers rather than mere cost centers is the latest mantra of R&D centers in India. This is further substantiated by the promising growth forecast of the R&D sector in India. R&D offshoring to India is now a USD 9.35 Billion industry, with MNC-owned R&D centers accounting for about USD 5.83 Billion of this market. This is expected to grow to be a 21.4 billion industry by 2012.
The council will help Indian centers improve productivity, drive innovation and optimize operations.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Technology wanted- to extend Electrode Life Used for Spot Welding of Galvanized Steel Sheets

NineSigma, representing a major global steel manufacturer, invites proposals for technology that extends the life of electrodes used in spot welding of zinc galvanized steel sheets for automobile panels.

NineSigma Request #11267-1

Innovators bidding for this request can mark copy to me for tracking.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Offshoring Patent Service to India

Patent services outsourcing to India is still in its infancy with a history of only about 3 to 4 years behind it. There are about 50 vendors in the industry with an estimated 1,550 professionals employed as of end 2007. While a few vendors have been in this business longer, this industry has gained momentum only in the last few years.Revenues from the Indian patent services offshoring industry are estimated at $46 m for the calendar year 2007 and are expected to reach $206 m by end 2012.
Report available from Research and Markets.

elephantversity- one day workshop on 5th December

Elephantversity is organising this Product Innovation Process workshop with facilitators from Continuum, USADan Buchner, VP of Innovation and Design, Tom Burchard, VP of Brand Experience and Elephant Strategy + Design, IndiaAshish Deshpande, Director and Partho Guha, Director. The details of the workshop are as follows:

Date Friday, 05th December 2008

Time 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM

Venue Hotel Deccan Rendezvous,
1202 /3, Apte Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune, 411004

Monday, November 17, 2008

Indian R&D Eco-system

Report prepared by Evalueserve `A study of R&D ecosystem in India' , commissioned by British High commission is available at:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

TATA NEN Hottest Startups

This great event brought into lime light several start-ups. Some , that caught my fancy are:
Alpha Imaging Systems promoted by Ujwal Nirgudkar. He is one of rare breed of innovators with patents for online quality control of motion picture film processing. He was present at Inventors of India workshop ,2006 at CIIE,IIMA. Read his patented claims 6849366 and 7254324.
Medsphere market leader in teleradiology expanded market with low demand on bandwidth was a finalist at proto. For that they developed a different type of compression algorithm more suitable for medical images- the software is called INSTARAD. TDB funded OmniActive health technologies , part of Kancor group, comes with patented process for extracting xanthophyll esters from marigold flowers. Robotics start-up TRI Technosolutions has grown out of SINE and is an example of converting hobby into a business -a successful one. Mango Technologies incubated at IIM Bangalore developed Application package for handsets that empowers OEM s/ODM s/Chipset Vendors/ Operators with the flexibility to churn out handsets with varied flavors of UI and applications in considerably short time. Manthan Semiconductors is a fab less design start-up from Bangalore with IP for USB3.0. Saankya Labs another fab less start-up is developing software defined universal demodulator IC for analog and digital TV reception. Sanjay of MobMe incubated at Technopark, Trivendrum, while still in college, was a source of inspiration to hundreds of engineering studebts in Kerala. PERFINT Healthcare an innovative mediacl device company offers tools for image guided minimally invasive procedures such as Biopsy, RFA. GeneFlux takes up collaboration R&D projects
with primary focus on the integration of genomics and clinical proteomics to develop technologies that will enhance drug discovery research.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

MAD-Make A Difference wins Staples Youth Social Entrepreneuship competition

MAD, NGO, started by Jithin Nedumala won this Ashoka Change Maker competition. They teach children living in orphanages and street shelters. Currently they are 300 active volunteers. Better story to read than financial uphevels crowding paper headlines.

INPEX 2009

Oragnisers of INPEX welcome Indian Innovators to showcase their innovations.Last year, INPEX® had almost 300 booths, inventors from 17 countries and welcomed large companies like Hasbro, Everlast, Full Life Products, Tupperware, Bosch Tools and Irwin Industrial Tools to the show to conduct private product reviews. The cost to exhibit per inventor would be around eight hundred US dollars. Contact:Livia Bebing, 412-288-2523

Design workshops

National Institute of Design (NID), will be organising a Design workshop on "Understanding Design" during 17th – 19th Nov, 08, at NID campus, Ahmedabad. The key focus of this programme is to develop a sense of "out of the box thinking" to the participants, which would develop an innovative thought process. It will establish a design link between product and market, besides the use of design as a strategic tool for staying ahead in the fiercely competitive market scenario. Contact person: Mr. Mansukh Patel (M) 09426329633, Ms. Rupali Rai (M) 09328136526

CII, NID and Pune Design Foundation along with DIPP, Government of India are organizing the first India Design Festival 2008 (IDF 2008) from 1- 7 December 2008 in Pune. The key event of India Design Festival is the 8th CII-NID Design Summit from 1-3 December 2008 at YASHADA, Pune, India.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Open Innovation takes root in India

Seema Singh in Mint carried this article `INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS - Firms, students turn to tech contests for talent, recognition'. Three competitions are referred in this article:

The GE Edison Challenge
Schneider Electric Innovation Challenge 2008
Cisco's Global Talent Acceleration Program

Nasscom blog carried an invitation for collaboration for a game changing software.

Encouraged by this trend, TePP is working to create `TePP Open Innovation Network' to make capabilities of independent innovators / start-ups accessible to other firms.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Yahoo gets the first sound mark in India

The sound mark was filed by California-based Internet firm Yahoo! Inc. for its three-note Yahoo yodel. The Indian Trademark Registry finally granted its first ever sound mark for the Yahoo yodel on 18 August, 2008.
source: Brain League