In­no­va­tive in­ven­tions by CSIO

Cen­tral Sci­en­tific In­stru­ments Or­gan­i­sa­tion has in­vented hi-tech read­ing ma­chines for the visu­ally im­paired; elec­tronic limbs; and even elec­tronic nose and tongue to help in tea tast­ing

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■ CHANDIHARH: The Cen­tral Sci­en­tific In­stru­ments Or­gan­i­sa­tion (CSIO) has come up with hi-tech read­ing ma­chines for the visu­ally im­paired. The or­gan­i­sa­tion has also in­vented elec­tronic limbs such as hands, legs and knees, apart from an elec­tronic nose and tongue that can be utilised in the busi­ness of tea tast­ing.

Talk­ing to Hin­dus­tan Times, CSIO di­rec­tor Pawan Ka­pur said, "The read­ing ma­chine is a unique fea­ture that we have come up with for the visu­ally im­paired stu­dents. We have also made ar­ti­fi­cial limbs, which con­sist of legs, hands and even knees. These ar­ti­fi­cial knees can be of help to el­derly per­sons whose knees do not func­tion prop­erly."

Talk­ing about the elec­tronic nose and tongue, Ka­pur added, "The elec­tronic nose and tongue that we have made can be utilised in tea tast­ing. It has been noted that tea tast­ing is fast be­com­ing an im­por­tant mar­ket but not many are spe­cialised in this field. There­fore, these equip­ment will help in tast­ing tea like a hu­man be­ing and also smell the leaves."

The or­gan­i­sa­tion has also in­vented night driv­ing fil­ters for cars, which will be in­tro­duced in the up­com­ing fis­cal year.

"From the com­ing fis­cal year, the wind­shields of cars will be equipped with our night driv­ing fil­ters. These fil­ters would re­duce the im­pact of high­beam lights on eyes while driv­ing at night and also re­duce the con­se­quent strain on the eyes. This would help re­duce ac­ci­dents and make driv­ing at night much safer," he said.

Talk­ing about the other on­go­ing projects at CSIO,

From the next fis­cal, wind­shields of cars will have night-driv­ing fil­ters de­vel­oped by us to re­duce the im­pact of high-beam

lights on eyes PAWAN KA­PUR

CSIO di­rec­tor

Ka­pur said, "We are ven­tur­ing into re­search on light combat air­craft. We have also un­der­taken re­search on stor­age of pota­toes, which will help in keep­ing pota­toes fresh and use­able for a long time."

Mean­while, the CSIO cel­e­brated Na­tional Sci­ence Day on Tues­day by hold­ing an open day at the in­sti­tute and or­gan­is­ing a lec­ture.

Ka­pur said, "Na­tional Sci­ence Day is cel­e­brated to com­mem­o­rate CV Ra­man for his work on the scat­ter­ing of light and for the dis­cov­ery of the 'Ra­man Ef­fect' named af­ter him.

On this day ev­ery year, we or­gan­ise a lec­ture to in­cul­cate the spirit of sci­en­tific re­search and to en­cour­age young stu­dents to take up re­search in the fu­ture."

Around 1,000 vis­i­tors, in­clud­ing stu­dents from var­i­ous schools and col­leges, toured the lab­o­ra­to­ries of the in­sti­tute that are kept open on this day. They in­ter­acted with the sci­en­tists and were in­formed about the tech­nolo­gies avail­able and the projects be­ing pur­sued at CSIO.

SR Gowarikar, for­mer di­rec­tor, CSIO and di­rec­tor, Tu­lani Foun­da­tion, Pune de­liv­ered the Sci­ence Day Lec­ture ti­tled 'The role of par­ti­cle ac­cel­er­a­tor in de­vel­op­ment of sci­ence'.

He said re­search was be­ing car­ried out in this field for the past eighty years and even the dis­cov­er­ies made in 1932 had not be­come ob­so­lete yet.

While de­liv­er­ing the lec­ture, he said, "There is noth­ing like pure sci­ence, pure physics or pure chem­istry, knowl­edge has no boundaries".

He also en­cour­aged young sci­en­tists to think in­no­va­tively and come up with new in­ven­tions.

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