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Humming Whale Product Innovations, a company formed by a group of four IIT graduates, has launched a cricket bat called Falcon Blade whose 3D tapering to the sides of the blade promises to keep the ball down while travelling to the slips, off the edge, taken of a swinging ball.

Compared to the normal trajectory of the ball after impact, Falcon Blade imparts a downward velocity of the ball making it travel to a safer region rather than looping up for a catch or going straight to the fielders. It would fall short and squarer. The 3D taper is designed in a way that it also gives a more forward component to the ball.

The idea for the bat came to the young innovators after India was whitewashed in two successive Test tours abroad in 2011, first by England and then by Australia. The Humming Whale team realized that when a bat meets the ball, there is no downward force involved. To ensure that the ball doesn’t always carry to the slips, they modified the edges of the blade, thereby adding a greater downward force on impact. This modification changes the trajectory of the ball after hitting the edge in such a way that the chances of getting caught out, specifically behind the stumps, significantly reduce.

The most striking feature of the Falcon Blade is that a batsman doesn’t have to alter his game in order to use it. Unlike the Mongoose Bat, which had a longer handle and smaller blade, getting accustomed to the Falcon Blade is not at all difficult. The slight shaving off the edges to optimize the design is not too large to impact the middle of the bat. The exact ratios of the taper can be modified depending on the player’s batting style, his stance and the type of pitch, explains Ayush Jain, one of the architects of the new bat.

Falcon Blade’s unique aerodynamic design ensures greater bat speed. Also, due to the reduction of the edges, the bat is not too bulky to handle. A player who likes more weight on the bat can add some weight to the meat of the bat if he wants greater power.

Having worked in conjunction with a cricket simulation centre in Mumbai, Smaash, the results, they say are positive. The quartet of IITians are now hoping the bat will sooner rather than later find its way in the Indian dressing room. Read more


Most schools in rural India can’t afford basic supplies like desks, and most of the students attending them can’t afford backpacks. To address this, Bombay-based nonprofit Aarambh worked with designers to come up with an ingenious solution that can transform old cardboard boxes into a convertible desk and school bag.

The result, Help Desk, folds quickly from one thing to the other; at the end of the day, a few simple moves turn the desk back into a bag to carry books home. The design ended up costing only about 20 cents to make since it’s made from used cardboard. The designers prototyped a few different variations to test with the students, looking for a solution that would be ergonomically correct as a desk and is also easy to build. So far, the final design has been given to 10,000 students at 600 schools.

The desk-bags don’t last forever, especially since cardboard doesn’t stand up well to the rain. But the team is working on developing a low-cost material that can be coated on the surface to help it repel water. Right now, they only last about six months to a year. But anytime they need to be replaced, it’s simple to make again. Read more


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