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Article Summary   by:Rajaji    
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Great Indians! Great technologies!! Innovation unlimited! The wars of the future may see lesser casualties, thanks to the efforts of fashion designer Mitushi Jain of the National Institute of Fashion Technology and coder Mohit Bhargava of the Ambedkar Institute of Technology. The two has come up with a new technology called ‘Satellite Imaging and Fabric Technology’-a special fabric fortified with sensors to continuously monitor the health of soldiers in the far away battlefront and send data, via satellite, to the base stations. The project won the third prize in the Interface design category of Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2006. According to Mohit, who aspires to participate in the next Imagine Cup and win the top place, the fabric can be used for people whose health has to be monitored constantly. To improve the lot of the visually impaired, another Indian team comprising four brilliant students from the Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, Gandhingar, Gujarat, made it to the finals in the software design category with a device for the visually impaired. Inspired by the echo-location technique used by the bats to sense its surroundings, the device enables the visually impaired to move around freely and perceive their surroundings. It also allows them to navigate a mouse with ease, like any other PC user.
Published: September 30, 2006   
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