Freedom to operate or function at work is one of the best motivators for most people to not only perform well, but also to stay with a company for a longer duration. Do you agree? Do share your comments. I would be happy to read what you have to say about this topic.
I met a friend this evening over tea and we ended up discussing how different countries encourage different workplace cultures. We both talked about how freedom from a restrictive workplace culture — such as an organization’s expectation of you to work for a set number of hours, the limitation to allow you to work from the location of your choice, the environment that demands you to be always available for work — can be so important to a person’s aspirations to perform well and to do good. A trusting environment not only ensures the workforce feels respected, but also that they feel more inclined to be loyal to the business that is helping them lead a good quality of life.
Companies that allow trust and empathy to thrive will certainly attract better talent than the organizations that encourage control.
There are companies which are progressive and change with the times to offer the new workforce an environment that helps them to express more, do better, and work passionately. We need more such workplaces. Life is short and precious — let everyone enjoy their share : )
IIT-Madras alumnus and former employee of Wipro, Sasi Sekar Krish has developed an integrated cashew testing and grading solution for cashew nuts farmers. Apparently, the new machine, called nanoSorter, uses image processing to test and grade cashews.
A Microelectronics engineer, Krish began with using his expertise in image processing to develop an integrated camera-based solution for the automotive industry. The application could inspect machine parts and sort different types of nuts and bolts. In the following years, he founded nanoPix in 2004 and modified nanoSorter for cashew nuts farmers.
Farmers who grow cashew nuts don’t have any way of grading them. With nanoSorter farmers can grade the nuts themselves and sell the produce at a substantially higher price. The nanoSorter is an end-to-end integrated solution for farmers. It handles cashews automatically and does machine vision-based sorting and grading of cashews based on eight initial categories.Read more
Four final-year electronics and communication engineering students of the Srinivas Institute of Technology (SIT), Mangalore, Karnataka, India, have developed an input device for people who are unable to move their hands.
Shruthi Shettigar, Prasad Nayak, Vanishri and Sandhya Shet have developed an application that they describe as an “Eye Mouse”. It is an application installed on a webcam-connected computer which is further connected to a light-dependent resistor circuit that is fixed to a chair.
Once a physically challenged person sits on the chair, the computer turns on and the webcam captures the person’s eyeball movements. The recorded video is automatically uploaded to the application which then moves the cursor according to the recorded movement of the user’s eyeball. To give command, the user has to just stare closely at the folder or icon, and within a few seconds the cursor follows the instructions and opens the desired folder or application.
The students are planning to file a patent for the innovation. Read more in this report by Pavan MV.
Where the rest of us see subway walls, Tesco’s South Korean supermarket chain Home Plus sees grocery shelves. In a trial run, Home Plus has plastered a subway station with facsimiles of groceries, labeled with a unique code for each product. As commuters pass by on their way to work, they can use a mobile-phone app to take pictures of the products they want, then check out. The groceries are automatically delivered to their doorstep by the end of the work day. With the virtual grocery store, Home Plus has reported a 130 percent increase in online sales. The experiment is just one of the increasingly innovative ways mobile devices are being used in retail.Read more
The latest entrant in the increasingly crowded tablet computing field, Cisco’s Cius, is bulkier than the iPad, and has a smaller screen (7-inches wide, compared to the iPad’s 9.7). But it packs a number of tricks all of its own, designed to woo business users. The Cius is designed to integrate closely with Cisco’s voice and video phone systems, and it can even replace a desktop computer when docked to a new Cisco deskphone, which connects to a monitor, keyboard and mouse. Read more