INNOVATION
Series # 015

Innovation in back Care

Shoulder Brace

Prevent slouching, improve your posture and relieve pain with our Shoulder Brace.Lightweight and discreet, the revolutionary Shoulder Brace pulls the shoulders back and straightens the spine to instantly improve your posture.Cushioned 'soft-feel' spine makes it comfortable for everyday use.

Our Handsome Story

When in 2010 former SSL International UK Marketing Director, Mark Critchley, was looking at a career change, it was more than timely that a contact of his, Adrian Collins from Ziggurat Brands introduced him to Mr John Sutcliffe, a surgeon at The London Spine Clinic.

Old friends who regularly holidayed together, Adrian and John had often discussed the possibility of bringing effective, but beautifully designed and crafted back care products to market. As fate would have it, Mark was planning to launch a consumer health company and the rest they say, is history.

Nobody else was taking leadership in the back care arena, so the group brought in design and innovation experts, Seymourpowell, to form a company and do just this.

In February 2011, they launched Handsome, to reflect the fact its product designs would be both stylish and pleasing on the eye.

In September 2013, Handsome launched the bac< range of back care products, which are now being used in over 50 countries around the world.

https://uk.backpainhelp.com/our-timeline/

Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship- Talking Book- Providing Knowledge and improving LIFE

Mission: Empower the world’s most vulnerable communities through knowledge sharing. 

Amplio (formerly Literacy Bridge) is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization committed to sharing knowledge with the world’s hardest-to-reach communities, so that people in developing countries have the power to transform their lives.

Our durable Talking Book audio device is designed for off-the-grid, low-literacy communities, where people speak local languages or dialects. We amplify the impact of our global partners, and the voices of the communities we serve, through our innovative technology, Talking Book programs, and a network of affiliates who provide in-country training and support.

Since 2007, Talking Books have reached nearly 500,000 people in rural and remote African communities – from farmers in Northern Ghana, to Burundian refuges in Rwanda, to mothers in Kenya. Together with our partners we strive to build a world where the knowledge required to end poverty and improve lives reaches those who need it, no matter where they live.

 https://www.amplio-network.org/about-us/

Innovation in Social Entrepreneurship- Waste to wealth- Up Cycling


INNOVATION -Up Cycling Plastic Waste

Conserve India

We have invented a technique to upcycle plastic waste from landfill sites and upcycling it into high-value fashionable products while providing jobs to India’s most exploited section of the society – The Ragpickers.

Conserve India has invented a technique to upcycle plastic waste from landfill sites and upcycling it into high-value fashionable products. In the process, Conserve provides jobs to the most exploited strata of the society – the ragpickers. Ragpickers in urban slums around Delhi have been trained to collect, wash and sort LDPE and HDPE plastic from the landfill sites. This plastic is then processed into a new material called “Handmade Recycled Plastic (HRP)”. HRP can be used as a substitute for leather. It is a new, contemporary, upcycled fabric which can be produced at the fraction of a cost of leather and contributes vastly to a circular economy. There are a multitude of products that can be created by the HRP fabric like bags, wallets, diaries, trench coats, table mats, wallpaper etc. 

The HRP upcycling follows a sustainable process. Traditional recycling of plastic involves the old plastic being melted into pellets and then melted again to form low-value products. This is a environmentally hazardous process as each kg of plastic that is recycled produces upto 60kgs of carbon dioxide emissions. The HRP upcycling process does not produce carbon emissions as the plastic is not melted but merely fused together to produce high-value products.

HRP products do not use any dyes in their manufacturing. The products are designed and manufactured in a way that the original colours of plastic bags are retained in the end product producing a naturally colourful, attractive, new fabric. 

Till date, Conserve India has trained over 500 women from the ragpicker community in different processes of manufacturing. Many of them now work as self-help groups catering to different manufacturing firms. This has resulted in an increased household income for the ragpicker community and has drastically helped uplift the status of women in the community. The additional income is being utilised in furthering nutritional and educational needs of children of the community.

INNOVATION :  Baby Warmer-Low cost baby incubators-Embrace Nest


The Embrace Nest is an easy-to-use, portable infant warmer that does not need continuous power supply. A medical device, designed for hospitals and ambulances, it is used in NICUs and wards, and for transport, when skin-to-skin care (a part of Kangaroo Mother Care / KMC) is not possible.-https://www.embraceinnovations.com/

Costs around Rs 15,000, it cost a fraction of conventional incubators. 

“Poor nutrition and early marriage of parents are a major cause for birth asphyxia. This is why more cases are reported from rural areas and among the urban poor,” says Thomas.

But the machines that would help cool the newborns cost over Rs 15 lakh and most hospitals in India do not have them. This is despite the fact that close to 1,50,000 infants in India lose their lives to birth asphyxia annually, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 

Source
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INNOVATION -: Water filter/purifier at source

Names: Soring Lepcha, Class 4, and Subash Prodhan, Class 5, Lingzya Junior High School

Place: North Sikkim, Sikkim

Inspiration behind the idea: Most people today prefer to use a water filter/purifier at their home.

Both the children have given idea to have filter/purifier at the source of water so that everyone has access to clean water without having to make an investment in purchasing a filter/purifier.

Soring's idea is to have a centralised purification system at the point of distribution like water tank while Subash's idea is to have such purifiers attached to public taps.

Source::http://www.rediff.com/getahead/report/achievers-top-31-amazing-innovations-from-young-indians/20151208.htm

Automatic Better Beater Multipurpose Mixer

Product Features

10 times easier to use; faster, and better than an ordinary whisk
Made of stainless steel and ABS plastic
Unique spinning action mixes, beats, whips, and blends
Makes fluffy eggs, beautiful batters, silky gravy and sauces
Perfect for arthritic hands
Will not scratch pans and is dishwasher-safe
Includes a set of 2 sizes: large and jumbo
No batteries required

Source; shopping.rediff.com

Barracuda carry-on bag

Roller bags are a part of travel life. Just big enough to carry a few days of clothing yet small enough to fit in the overhead bins of a plane.

The Barracuda ($299) is a wheeled bag that has some novel features. A tray that folds out from the handle. You can set a drink down, or put your laptop on it to get some extra work done while you wait to board. The tray folds right back up and drops down into the bag.

An exterior compartment holds a battery for charging your phone or other devices. There's a portable luggage scale so you can be sure you're not over the limit, and if your bag gets lost the location tracker will send its position to an app on your phone. There's also a proximity alarm to help you know when the bag is coming up on the carousel. When you're home, the Barracuda collapses down to about half its width for more compact storage

Source;www.inc.com

The Vulcan, a house-building 3-D printer

HOW TO 3-D PRINT AN ENTIRE HOUSE IN A SINGLE DAY

A TYPICAL SINGLE-FAMILY home in the US takes an average of six and a half months to build, according to the Census Bureau’s latest survey. Now an Austin-based startup called Icon can erect a house nearly 200 times faster—in a day.

https://www.wired.com/story/icon-house-3d-printer/


Pymetrics: Using neuroscience to hire people and avoid unconscious bias

Company name: Pymetrics

VC: Susan Lyne at BBG ventures

Relationship: Investor

Funding: $16.3 million

What it does: Founded by a Harvard and MIT PhD, Pymetrics uses games based on neuroscience to help companies recruit, hire, and retain talent, removing unconscious bias from the process.

Why it's hot: "With enterprises globally waking up to the fact that inclusive environments deliver stronger results, Pymetrics is using AI to level the playing field for the widest possible range of candidates," says Lyne.

https://www.businessinsider.in/50-startups-that-will-boom-in-2018-according-to-VC

Nuraphone

"The first self-learning headphones to literally adapt to your unique hearing using soundwave technology," while BeoSound Shape is an odd-shaped, long, flat speaker resembling a soundbar.

Nuraphones offer incredible personal sound that has to be heard to be believed. Not only that, but the dual-driver setup means bass is out of this world and - crucially - controllable to your liking.

Source;www.techadvisor.co.uk

Ethical Green Concept of Gifting

WHITENIFE, is Asia's largest marketplace to curate ethical fashion brands & NGOs around the world and is the world's leading pioneer for ethical gifting. It houses the world's largest catalogue for green and socially impacting gifts that are unique, affordable and utilitarian.

WHITENIFE offers 700+ gifting options ranging from INR.6 - INR.25,000 and is associated with 65+ brands & NGOs.

Source:;linkedin

TRAVEL JACKET- All Precious Things With You

The World’s 1st Multi-Utility Stylish Travel Jacket with 18 pockets and 29 features. This revolutionary Travel Jacket has 18 pockets that can fit anything from your pen to your iPad and a whopping 29 features that include a detachable hood, retractable gloves and reflector strips for safety, hidden pockets, tablet and phone compartments, a water bottle holder, built-in eye mask and lots more. Jacket Is Made from a Wrinkle-Free and Water Resistant Material which help you in light rain and holds good in adventurous travels. The travel jacket is apt to wear while traveling , biking, riding, driving, trekking as you can keep your stuff in it or even fold it to make it a satchel that can store your stuff.

https://www.tectotron.com/product/travel-jacket/

Innovation Series # 002

Blunt XS Metro Windproof Folding Umbrella Black

So talk about the brand name BLUNT for umbrellas, you know exactly that you will be getting your money’s worth for it. Why? They have this advanced technology called – 2 stage folding mechanism – which makes it quite easy to close.

Apart from that, you can be able to open the umbrella with just a single push of a button just like magic! If that does not impress you enough, this windproof umbrella is something that will last for years and years. Its strong reinforced fiberglass ribs makes it light weight and ultimately convenient to carry just about any time, anywhere rain or shine and fits perfectly even in your bag as the approximate size of the umbrella is about 14 inches when folded!

TThere is also this revolutionary RADIAL TENSIONING SYSTEM (otherwise called as RTS) which creates an unflappable, aerodynamic weather canopy. It can withstand strong winds of up to 117 kilometres per hour.

 Source; wonderfulengineering.com

Innovation Series # 002

Wi-Charge- A real problem Solver

The Wi-Charge basically tries to automate one of the biggest headaches of modern devices, battery charging. The product is a wireless charging unit that can be attached to any ceiling, simultaneously serving as a normal light, while it emits infrared beams to the receiver units which the user has attached to their devices. The fingernail-sized receiver unit then captures the light and converts this into electrical power through a photovoltaic cell in a similar way that solar panels work.

The Wi-Charge is a step up from normal wireless charging because it can provide power to multiple devices and the charging starts as soon as you place the device anywhere in the room in range and sight of the transmitter. If the rate of charging is fast and reliable enough and if Wi-Charges could be found everywhere, like in the coffee shop and offices seen in the promotional video, this might mean people would rarely ever need to lay hands on their charging cables ever again. Understandably the Wi-Charge won Best of Innovation Award for the Smart Energy category.

Source:www.neowin.net

Innovation Series # 001

ZINGARO - THE WORLD'S MOST INNOVATIVE BACKPACK WITH 35 AWESOME FEATURES

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Created by two entrepreneurs from Bangalore who have been crafting backpacks for over 3 years now, the ZINGARO is the result of months of design and development. Works as a backpack, doubles as a travel bag, expands to fit your needs. However, it very cleverly has different compartments to ensure you can carry your laptop, iPad, chargers with your fresh and soiled clothes, shoes, toiletries, all with separate compartments. With a massive 30L capacity its the bag you must have.

The ZINGARO is great for day to day work and for those travel days when you dread carrying too much luggage. Its cool, its stylish and your perfect travel companion.