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MoU with Research Foundation to Develop Technology for Farmers

HYDERABAD: To make prosthesis with advanced features to restore arm function and technology to help farmers, a group of 29 young graduates have left their cushy jobs.

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.

Pranav Vempati, a member, Makers Hive, said, “We will start the project in Khammam from October. We have support from some states and expect the same from the state government.”

Members of the Makers Hive said that they aim to create affordable solutions to restore arm functions for people who have lost their hands. The group is also making a six-feet humanoid robot. A tree with scrap (iron) material has also been prepared.

A member of the Makers Hive, Phillip Thomas, said,“Our prosthesis has better grip, there are individual motors to each finger with proportional speed control.”


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