Imagine having just arrived at a busy airport and having to navigate to baggage claim, all the while having your eyes closed. Now imagine having to choose your bag out of hundreds of cases of luggage. This was the scenario that Aira’s Co-founder and CEO, Suman Kanuganti, gave at a 2016 global technology conference. This task, which we are casually able to do, is made exponentially difficult for the blind and visually impaired who make up more than 22 million of the U.S. population.
To help those faced with visibility challenges every day, Suman Kanuganti and his team created Aira, a live-time navigational service company that leverages wearable devices, human assisted AI, and widespread bandwidth. Aira was developed within AT&T Foundry for Connected Health, a workshop that fosters emerging Internet of Things (IoT) companies. Here, Suman was able to work closely with AT&T for nine months before showcasingAira at CES 2017.
Aira utilizes innovative smart glasses technology, along with a dedicated team of certified agents, to guide the users’ around their surroundings while AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management gives Aira agents prioritized connectivity. The user taps on the glasses to connect to an agent who offers assistance. Using a video camera, the agents can “see” from the wearer’s perspective in near real-time and communicate back to the wearer. This way, Aira is able to help, not just in navigation, but also for various circumstances that require visionary aid. Suman’s goal is to expand on these services and develop better software to help those with dementia or autism.
About Suman Kanuganti
Suman holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Finance, but more importantly, Suman was able to cultivate his vision from his roots, pulling from his Bachelor’s in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Kakatiya University, India. His learnings as well as more than 10 years of expertise in leadership and tech has helped develop Aira into fruition, successfully enabling many to navigate independently and even allowing a visually impaired runner, Erich Manser, to finish this year’s Boston Marathon 2017. Beyond the marathon, Erich stated that Aira is helpful for every-day tasks, from picking out a special-occasion card to navigating through populated airports.
Baba Ramdev and his associate Acharya Balkrishna of consumer goods company Patanjali are working on a unique form of renewable energy: Bull power.
Research of over one and a half years on the idea to generate electricity with the aid of a bull’s pulling power has yielded initial success. The aim is to ensure that the animals don’t get sent to slaughter.
The experiment is the brainchild of Balkrishna, managing director and primary stakeholder of Patanjali, and involves a leading Indian multinational automobile manufacturer and a Turkish partner. A prototype has been designed and is being tweaked to generate more electricity.
So far the design, involving a turbine, has managed to yield nearly 2.5 kilowatts of power, said those aware of the research project.
“At a time when more and more male bovines are being slaughtered, we want to change the perception that they (bulls) are not very valuable,” Balkrishna told ET, confirming that Patanjali is conducting research on this at its sprawling Haridwar headquarters “While in the morning they can be used in the farms, in the evening they can be utilised for generation of electricity.”
The article and the interesting headline leaves a lot to our imagination, especially since the technique is unproven and hasn’t been demonstrated at scale. If it does succeed, it will be an interesting innovation to watch.
Patanjali to generate power using bulls – Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali working on power generation using bulls. After FMCG, Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Ayurved is reportedly eyeing to enter the power generation sector.
Baba Ramdev is bringing Brazilian bull power to Indian cows – Months after announcing Rs 500 crore investment to improve the productivity of Indian cows, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has planned to go for artificial insemination with the aim of producing 92 per cent female offspring in India. Artificial insemination programme will be run with semen from Brazilian bulls and technical support from US and Dutch experts.
In this charming, funny talk, Khan traces the arc of his life, showcases a few of his famous dance moves and shares hard-earned wisdom from a life spent in the spotlight. “I sell dreams, and I peddle love to millions of people,” says Shah Rukh Khan, Bollywood’s biggest star.
With a fan following that runs into multi-millions, Shah Rukh Khan is at forefront of the Indian film industry and continues to rule at the box office in India. (link to TED)
It’s being called India’s “Star Wars,” smashing box-office records worldwide. The wild superhero epic “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion,” which opened at the end of April, has become the highest grossing Indian film in history, and its breakthrough in the U.S. may be just as significant.
With a $10.3 million opening weekend April 28, it was the No. 3 film in America, beating DreamWorks Animation’s “Boss Baby,” Tom Hanks in “The Circle” and other Hollywood fare. It did so even though it opened on only 425 screens around the country, selected for their demographics, averaging $24,364 per screen. The No. 1 film the same weekend, “The Fate of The Furious,” averaged only $4,890 per screen, on 4,077 screens.
“We were stunned. This clearly turned into an event,” said Greg Foster, CEO of IMAX. “When you have full houses on Thursday night, on something that was unbelievably viral in how the information was disseminated to the Indian diaspora, you’re tapping into something.”
WSJ writer was also surprised how the movie took off without support from mainstream movie critics “Critics on Yahoo or Rotten Tomatoes, or somewhere. I haven’t seen anything like that,” he said. On Rotten Tomatoes recently “Baahubali 2” boasted a 92% audience score and had no rating at all from critics. Imports like this still take a back seat to Hollywood blockbusters.
In a real-life-story mimicking bollywood, a Jaipur lad Monark Sharma has been appointed as scientist in the AH-64E combat fighter helicopter unit of the US army and is currently touring his home-state, trying to inspire youngsters to follow his footsteps.
Some of us might recall the bollywood blockbuster Swades, the Shah Rukh Khan movie from years ago which portrays a desi techie, Mohan Bhargav, a NASA engineer working on a rainfall monitoring satellite, which is lifted into an orbit aboard the Space Shuttle. In a romantic twist, Mohan returns back to swades seeking the “meaning of life” and finds love.
In a real-life-story mimicking bollywood, a Jaipur lad Monark Sharma has been appointed as scientist in the AH-64E combat fighter helicopter unit of the US army and is currently touring his home-state, trying to inspire youngsters to follow his footsteps. As per an article in the Times of India,
Monark Sharma has been appointed as scientist in the AH-64E combat fighter helicopter unit of the US army.
He bagged the opportunity with an annual remuneration of Rs 1.20 crore.
He started his career as junior research scientist at NASA in the mass communication wing in 2013.
“I may not have got the opportunity to serve in the Indian armed force but all my moves in the US were intended to bring pride for my country. Here I am reaching out to my fellow Indian students to inspire them that anyone can attain success in life with sheer hard work,” said Sharma who studied from Bhagwan Mahaveer Jain School in C Scheme, Jaipur.
Now all we need is another love story and a happy marriage for our young hero, Monark ?
Here is a little known fact: legal Immigrants serving in the US Army and military are eligible for a fast track Citizenship (naturalization) – Link to USCIS fact sheet
Also in the news
City lad joins US army at Rs 1.2Cr pay package – nyoooz.com
Jaipur Boy in US Army : Jaipur lad joins US army at Rs 1.2 crore package – TOI
Meet Monark Sharma, who is joining the US Army with Rs 1.20 crore pay package – Business Insider
Jaipur youth joins US army, to get Rs 1.2 crore annual pay – Indian Express
This genius from Jaipur will develop fighter choppers for US Army, get Rs 1.2 crore as pay – Zee News
“I have sought (Sushma) Swaraj’s help in getting my husband deported. He is in New Zealand,” Kaur, who is based in Kapurthala, said.
She also wants her husband’s passport to be cancelled. “I want to set an example so that no other NRI husband can ever dare to cheat a woman. I also want stringent laws in place to check such men,” she said.
Kaur said she has received a call from the ministry to send relevant documents in connection with her case. “I want him back here for divorce so that I can start my life afresh,” she said.
Chand Deep Kaur married Ramandeep Singh, who was working as an accountant in Auckland, in July 2015. “Soon after our wedding he returned to New Zealand, in August 2015,” Kaur said. “I stayed with him at his family’s house in Jalandhar,” she said. “He returned to India briefly in December 2015 and went back to New Zealand in January 2016,” she said.
An interesting question came up online “How can I participate in Indian politics being an NRI?”?The question prompted us to research on this topic further.
Many Indian-Citizen NRIs participate indirectly in Indian politics by the use of social media. Some NRIs actively participate on overseas chapters of political organizations like Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP), Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS),?Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and others.
Some NRIs are also known to travel to their Indian “home-town” to actively participate in elections and to vote.
But what makes Indians living abroad to be a part of political process in India? The people of Indian heritage living across the world have a mix of characteristics: some are foreign citizens, while others are Indian citizens (NRIs). Some have nominal relationship with India, their ancestors having left Indian shores generations back, while others belong to the pool of a mobile population having active stay and ties in India. Majority of NRIs living abroad find new roots in adopted lands, raise families, work and pay taxes and enjoy the facilities and privileges as much as locals do. But there is something that makes them yearn for India! They may continue to live offshore, yet their heart lies in India. In other words, you cannot take India out of their hearts. Aligning with a charitable work is one of the common things NRIs do to give back to India. Increasingly, political participation has also become a tool for many to contribute to their motherland even while sitting afar.
Over the years, the political parties of India have also reached out to the Indians settled abroad. This has culminated in Indian parties having their foreign extensions. Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP) is the most obvious case in point. Its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) also has overseas presence. The global front rechristened as Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS)- has presence in several countries. The HSS provides a platform for cultural nourishment to the Indians (Hindus) far away from their land and also conduct ‘sakhsas’.
The current year marks 25 years of existence of HSS in the USA. Similarly, OFBJP has chapters in more than 15 countries, with most active presence in the USA, the UK and Canada. Behind successful organisation of political rallies for BJP’s Narendra Modi were the combined efforts of the HSS and the OFBJP. The significance of overseas chapters can be gazed from the fact that BJP has in place a full time global convener whose job is to actively work on the overseas chapters. But the most amazing story of an Indian political movement galvanising the Indian diaspora across the world is exemplified by none other than the nascent political party called Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Many Indians Oversea ? (OCIs) actively participate in the politics of their host nations, especially after they attain citizenship of their host countries.