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Beyond jugaad: Amazing inventions from India

Tech | | August 4, 2012, 1:20 pm
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Remya Jose from Kerala demonstrates the pedal-powered washing machine she invented. Jose was forced to do laundry by hand when her mother became sick because her family had no washing machine. So she invented a washing machine/exercise bike that is cheap to make and requires no electricity.

Remya Jose from Kerala demonstrates the pedal-powered washing machine she invented. Jose was forced to do laundry by hand when her mother became sick because her family had no washing machine. So she invented a washing machine/exercise bike that is cheap to make and requires no electricity.

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A villager drives a tractor whose rear tires are filled with water for added weight to work on a field in the village of Dawatha in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh. Farmers in the state of Madhya Pradesh brushed aside tractor salesmen who were trying to sell them expensive weights to help their tractors work the thick, hard soil there. Instead, they filled the tires with water, making the tractors heavier for a minimal cost.

A villager drives a tractor whose rear tires are filled with water for added weight to work on a field in the village of Dawatha in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh. Farmers in the state of Madhya Pradesh brushed aside tractor salesmen who were trying to sell them expensive weights to help their tractors work the thick, hard soil there. Instead, they filled the tires with water, making the tractors heavier for a minimal cost.

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Dharamveer Kamboj, left, an innovator, explains his aloe vera processor invention in a temple in the village of Lasukiya in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, India. The tabletop machine can cheaply make aloe vera gel from aloe leaves.

Dharamveer Kamboj, left, an innovator, explains his aloe vera processor invention in a temple in the village of Lasukiya in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, India. The tabletop machine can cheaply make aloe vera gel from aloe leaves.

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Abdul Rahim Khan, left, displays his cotton deseeder invention to Prof. Anil Gupta, right, during his Shodh Yatra (Journey for the Search of Knowledge) in the village of Mogra in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh.

Abdul Rahim Khan, left, displays his cotton deseeder invention to Prof. Anil Gupta, right, during his Shodh Yatra (Journey for the Search of Knowledge) in the village of Mogra in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh.

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Dwarka Prasad Chourasiya demonstrates a pair of wearable floats called Water Walking Shoes he invented in India. Chourasiya had heard about a fraudster holy man who claimed he could walk on water. Intrigued, he decided to design special water walking shoes that would allow the wearer to walk or skate across a lake

Dwarka Prasad Chourasiya demonstrates a pair of wearable floats called Water Walking Shoes he invented in India. Chourasiya had heard about a fraudster holy man who claimed he could walk on water. Intrigued, he decided to design special water walking shoes that would allow the wearer to walk or skate across a lake

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Jahangir Ahmad demonstrates his invention called Electric Painting Brush. The device pumps paint from a hose directly to the brush and never needs to be dipped into a can.

Jahangir Ahmad demonstrates his invention called Electric Painting Brush. The device pumps paint from a hose directly to the brush and never needs to be dipped into a can.

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Late farmer MJ Joseph, also known as Appachan, from Kerala, demonstrates his invention called the Tree Climbing Machine.

Late farmer MJ Joseph, also known as Appachan, from Kerala, demonstrates his invention called the Tree Climbing Machine.

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Nattubhai Vader stands next to a machine called Cotton Harvester, which he invented in India. Vader, a farmer from Gujarat, invented the apparatus that fits over a tractor after watching women and children performing the slow gruelling work of harvesting an especially troublesome variety of cotton.

Nattubhai Vader stands next to a machine called Cotton Harvester, which he invented in India. Vader, a farmer from Gujarat, invented the apparatus that fits over a tractor after watching women and children performing the slow gruelling work of harvesting an especially troublesome variety of cotton.

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Inventor Amrit Agrawat, center right, stands by his assistant demonstrating his pulley with a braking mechanism in the village of Nayapura in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, India. Agrawat wanted to help the women in his village who were struggling to pull heavy water buckets from a well so he made a pulley with a brake to let the women rest midway through their labour.

Inventor Amrit Agrawat, center right, stands by his assistant demonstrating his pulley with a braking mechanism in the village of Nayapura in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, India. Agrawat wanted to help the women in his village who were struggling to pull heavy water buckets from a well so he made a pulley with a brake to let the women rest midway through their labour.