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Maker Village Stall Draws Attention with a Range of Smart Products

Innovative products by startups incubated by Maker Village displayed at TiEcon Kerala 2019 reflected the high potential of the State’s new-age companies Kochi: Displaying a range of devices used for tapping toddy to exploring deep sea, Maker Village’s stall at the TiEcon Kerala 2019 reflected the best of new-age technologies harnessed by startups based at

Innovative products by startups incubated by Maker Village displayed at TiEcon Kerala 2019 reflected the high potential of the State’s new-age companies

Kochi: Displaying a range of devices used for tapping toddy to exploring deep sea, Maker Village’s stall at the TiEcon Kerala 2019 reflected the best of new-age technologies harnessed by startups based at the country’s largest electronic hardware incubator.

The stall was inaugurated by Sajan Pillai, former CEO of UST Global. Drawing special attention at the two-day TiEcon event held with ‘Winning Strategies: Leading in a Sustainable and Digital World’ as the year’s theme, among others, was IROV Technologies’ underwater drone which is India’s first indigenously-developed compact machine of its kind. Designed to detect submerged structures and objects and perform real-time analysis of the data, the device helps ascertain the structural integrity and even the extent of damage of underwater structures after a flood.

Another Maker Village product on display, invented by NAVA Design & Innovation, was a device that improves the efficiency of toddy-tapping by about 72 times.

Similarly, a fully-automated IoT infusion monitor, which can monitor and control IV medication, thus eliminating physical nursing care, was also showcased. This was developed by a startup named EveLabs Technologies.

Waferchips Techno Solutions had put on display an AI-powered wearable ECG device for 24/7 monitoring of persons with critical heart conditions.

This breakthrough application helps in monitoring the heart condition of patients when the physical presence of doctors is not feasible, particularly during a medical emergency.

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Yet another device was the Advanced Automated Standing Wheelchair developed by Disintox Technlogies that assists the disabled to stand on their own. It helps improve the mobility of patients and provides physio-therapeutic effects.

Alcodex Technologies came up with a portable, real-time environmental monitoring solution that can be used for predictive analysis of floods and other environmental changes while Ignitorium showcased a high-precision realtime solution that can track high-value assets and workforce/patients in large automated hospital environment. HW Design Labs’s turnkey solution for vehicle-tracking and mapping in cities using FM communication in mobiles was yet another attraction. It helps send messages to mobile phone users even in the absence of mobile networks, thereby proving to be a highly suitable and reliable application when cellular networks fail during calamities.    

Maker Village Expands Global Reach, Ties up with ARM Holdings

Semiconductor and software design major ARM Holdings tied up with Maker Village, enabling it to reinforce presence at the global level. Maker Village, which functions under the Union Government with Kerala Startup Mission as the supporting partner, will thus hold special training programmes under UK-headquartered ARM, which is the designer of 90 per cent of electronics semiconductor and mobile gadgets in the market.

As the first step towards the collaboration, Maker Village recently hosted a workshop on ‘Secure Device Management at Scale’ on the facility’s premises at Kalamassery in Kochi. The sessions were led by experts like Kuttappa Bittiananda, VP, ARM India; Kumaar Guhaan, principal engineer and Sanjit Panigrahi, software engineer. The next move in the collaboration will be facilitation of networking between the incubating firms at an international level, according to Prasad Balakrishnan Nair, CEO, Maker Village. “Lot of startups at Maker Village use products of ARM. It is important for them to know from the manufacturer directly about the various features and benefits of the products,” he added.

While the 2012-founded Maker Village has a string of high-quality hardware startups from across the country developing socially-beneficial products in cutting-edge technologies, ARM of Cambridge has been designing CPUs alongside software development tools for three decades.

Maker Village is already into similar collaborations with MNCs such as Qualcomm, Bosch and IBM.Prasad Balakrishnan Nair noted that the tie-up with ARM will help Maker Village incubatees gain further trans-continental reach, given that their products have already made presence outside the country. ARM will send experts to hold workshops in Maker Village once in a month, he added.

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