HYDERABAD: A group of 29 young graduates have left their cushy jobs to make prosthesis with advanced features to restore arm function and technology to help farmers.
The group floated a company, Makers Hive, and is working on technologies that can be used in drones for energy management and agriculture to support farmers.
The team has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF). The collaboration aims at providing hyper local solutions to farmers who have limited access to information that is vital for planning, growth monitoring, harvesting and supply chain using cutting edge technologies like drones and artificial intelligence.
The Mou was signed in the presence of the father of green revolution , Dr M S Swaminathan and Dr Selvam, executive director, MSSRF.
As part of its project on agriculture, Makers Hive has designed modules to assist farmers in crop selection. Setting up village rescue centres, village knowledge centres, weather stations, soil testing kits are part of the project. Using drones, the group will check yield protection and monitor the crops’ growth.
“We will start the project in Khammam from October. We have support from some states and expect the same from the state government,” said Pranav Vempati, a member, Makers Hive.
Members of the Makers Hive said that they aim to create affordable solutions to restore arm functions for people who have lost their hands.
“Our prosthesis has better grip, there are individual motors to each finger with proportional speed control,” said Phillip Thomas, a member of the Makers Hive.
The group is also making a six-feet humanoid robot. A tree with scrap (iron) material has also been prepared.
Unlike regular companies the group does not work in an office environment. Most of them stay back for days and work on the project.
They leased out a villa at Film Nagar and kept a variety of pets, including two dogs (Newfoundland and Lhasa Apso), two green iguanas, one bearded dragons and a Macaque Bird which died recently.