A Bangalore based startup, Apptarix has recently launched TeleTango, a social TV network for Indian television.
TeleTango converts TV viewing from a one-way media to multi-way interaction channel. With TeleTango, TV viewers can check what their friends are watching or what’s hot on TV, join friends in a show for a group chat, post opinion in Facebook and Twitter and interact with the program through opinion polls, voting and commentary in sync with the program. TeleTango also provides a platform for the TV broadcasters to host and feed the complementary digital content such as trivia, gossip, exclusive picture, opinion polls and voting in sync with live TV program. Read more to find out what differentiates TeleTango from its competitors.
A team of researchers led by Indian-origin Shyam Gollakota from the University of Washington has devised a way for wireless devices to communicate without the need for batteries.
Known as Ambient Backscatter, the technology uses wireless signals like television and cell phone transmissions surrounding us. According to reports, the wireless devices communicate by reflecting these signals and exchanging information through them. Gollakota’s team had designed battery-less wireless devices with attached antennas, which could detect, harness and then reflect television signals. These signals were then picked up by similar devices. The devices apparently use the wireless signals as both, a source of power and a medium for communication.
This technology could turn out to be highly useful, as it would eliminate the need for a power source in wireless or network related devices. This would also lead to less requirement of human attention towards such devices. Read more in this report by EFYTimes.
Did you know, every sixth car accident in the world happens in India? According to the National Crime Records Bureau, road accident fatalities crossed 1.3 lakh in 2010. The statistics also reveal that while accidents form one half of the problem of accidental deaths, lack of on-site emergency first aid accounts for the other half.
In the quest to find a solution to traumatic bleeding in case of road accidents, Leo Mavely and Ashish Pandya, students of bioengineering and biochemistry at NirmaLabs (an incubator at Nirma University) in Ahmedabad, have created a haemostatic emergency dressing for victims who would lose a lot of blood before reaching a hospital.
During their research spread over a number of years, the duo found that a polymer extracted from shellfish could help develop a solution. Their discovery and further efforts resulted in a bio-dressing that they began to sell under the brand name of Axiostat in 2012. The product was patented thereafter.
When Axiostat comes in contact with blood, the positively charged porous dressing absorbs and clots the negatively charged blood cells. The clot then becomes a physical barrier to prevent further blood loss. Once a patient reaches a hospital or a nursing facility, the Axiostat can be removed by applying saline water or just water. According to Mavely, co-founder and CEO of Axio Biosolutions, Axiostat can be applied by a layman. It has to be applied to a bleeding wound with some pressure and it stops the bleeding in less than three minutes. He also mentions that the dressing is made from glucosamine, an amino sugar, and is completely natural.
Axiostat is available for Rs. 400 in five versions for different kinds of wounds including dental bleeding. Read more in this report by Shruti Chakraborty.
Getting a cab in Indian metro cities is a tough task. It’s even harder in India’s financial capital – Mumbai, Maharashtra, because there are fewer of them plying the streets. For Mumbai’s 15 million populace, there are just 60,000 taxis available.
A Mumbai-based startup Olacabs has devised a clever technology in hope of closing the gap between India’s infrastructure issues and providing a cab more reliably than its peers. It gives each of its drivers an Android phone to take bookings. And each phone is enabled with an Olacabs application that helps to form a live heatmap of traffic in the cities, and notify the driver of the jams.
The booking information is also crunched by Olacabs to help predict taxi demand ahead of time, and sends more drivers out to areas expecting bookings so that they can respond to online bookings sooner. The company has also built its own mapping layer over Google Maps that has been translated to local dialects for drivers. Founded in January 2011, Olacabs currently operates in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune. Read more
Indian-origin researchers from the University of Washington (UW) have developed a new gesture-recognition technology called WiSee that leverages Wi-Fi signals to detect specific movements, without needing sensors on the human body or cameras.
Reasearchers have shown that by using an adapted Wi-Fi router and a few wireless devices in the living room, users could control their electronics and household appliances from any room in the home with a simple gesture. Read more