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
■ 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
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.