and another two from other countries
Its the Monsoon season in India, and whether you like it or not, there are mosquitoes in India. The age old methods of killing them off or making sure that they will not cause any harm are always there, but like I said, they are age old. It is time for the Mosquito to face new technologies as well. I mean if you were a mosquito and were trying to suck on human blood, it is clear that the age old coils and the mats are the weapons that humans have against you. Its time we make the Mosquitoes realise that we have actually improved.
The problem of Mosquitoes is not only in India but in a lot of developing countries in the World, innovation and innovative solutions have been a real issue in this field, even the likes of Bill Gates has got into trying to find a solution for Malaria and eradication of the Mosquitoes in Africa through the Bill and Melinda foundation. But Bangalore based companies seem to be having an edge over the competition when it comes to fighting this prehistoric menace. Here are some solutions that are available.
#1. MKS : Mosquito Killing System
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this was, really for all the innovation and high technical inputs that went into the creating of this device, they could not spend half as much time to actually work on a better name ?? But keeping the name issue aside, this is truly an amazing piece of research, trial and working solution put into one unit. MKS relies on mosquito’s natural hunting techniques of heat sensing and carbon dioxide detection. The system creates a source of heat and CO2 in the proportions that the female blood sucking mosquito is genetically programmed to find. It mimics body temperatures and breathing patterns of humans, horses, livestock, poultry, and domesticated pets by the release of carbon dioxide. Through thermal imagery and precisely measured releases of CO2, mosquitoes are attracted to the unit, and captured and eliminated.
Maintenance free Mosquito Killing System acts as a magnet to attract mosquitoes, and then vacuums them into the unit where they are quickly and quietly eliminated. As far as the product efficiency is concerned, it can kill 200 – 15,000 mosquitoes/night (upto an acre area), depending on the density of mosquitoes in that area. The mosquito carcasses fall out of the unit to the ground and are disposed of by nature. (i.e. ground insects, wind or reintroduction back into the soil).
Working only at night, controlled through a photo sensor, and generates a body heat signature every few minutes from 85 to 110 Degree Fahrenheit. Apart from generating a Body heat signature of an animal or person, CO2 is warmed and released to mimic breathing as well. The unit features a fan which produces different air currents to draw mosquitoes into an electrocution grid. The interior electrocution grid is spaces to achieve a 99% kill ratio and the remains are expelled through the bottom of the unit.
PS: The product was invented in US and has gone through multiple testing in different parts of India (for the last one year). Eventually, it will be customized and indigenously developed in India.
The innovative Indian Electronics industry is finding its roots slowly in Mobile Phones, and bearing testimony to the fact that the industry is coming up is this next device. One of the device that is born out of tier 2 cities like Mangalore and bought over to Bangalore. Mangalore based startup has built Mozziquit, a mosquito trap to attract, trap and kill the female biting mosquitoes and the product claims 100% success (has been validated by ICMR).
If you ask what’s the difference between Mozziquit and several other branded products, well most of the other products are repellents and not ‘killers’. So even if you repel them for a short time, they will multiply elsewhere. Mozziquit is a light weight product and claims to be active within a hurdle free radius of 160 sq. ft and consumes only 12V power (works on battery as well). What’s interesting about the product is that it’s a lifetime investment (you don’t need to refill anything) by the individual/company and the operating cost per day is as low as 25 paise. Currently, NID is working on improving the design of the product, which is expected to be available in the next few months (expected price ~1K +).
The company has acquired patent pending status in India and the maker has received a lot of recognition and awards for the same, as highlighted in the Mangalore centric online magazine.
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#3. Micromax X360 mobile
Another Indian electronic device that seems to be thinking out of the box is definitely the Micromax Mobiles. The new product from Micromax, the entry-level X360 mobile handset will offer range of the best hand-picked Indian and international music from MTV on 3-D surround sound. X360 will come with a unique high fidelity earphones with noise cancellation that will work good as a mosquito repellent as well!
Although, Micromax X360 mobile is priced at a maximum retail price of Rs 5,000 but it would be sold at the market operating price of Rs 3,750 as per Micromax executive director Rahul Sharma. He also added that requisite permissions had been taken from Health authorities by the R&D team before installing the mosquito repellant sound in the set.
Planned to be launched this year, Micromax X360 mobile would be equipped with dual SIM, multi format music player with Yamaha & Wolfson Amplifiers, stereo FM radio/recorder, 1.3 mega CMOS camera, Bluetooth(A2DP), expandable memory (up to 8GB) and a video recorder/player. Other key features of X360 handset include 262K colour QVGA display, 5-way navigation key, Li-ion (800mAh) battery, talk time up to 5 hours and standby time up to 220 hours. Not bad for a phone that kills mosquitoes as an addition.
The ringtone or sound that they have added into the mobile phone is sort of a deterrent for the mosquitoes. You can get hold of a copy of the ringtone in varying frequencies can be downloaded here : http://www.freemosquitoringtones.org. These ringtones cannot be heard by most people over the age of thirty.
Now from out of towner’s.
A : Lazer Gun
At TED 2010, Nathan Myhrvold demonstrated a “Death Star” laser gun designed to track and shoot mosquitoes in flight. The device was crafted from parts purchased on eBay by scientists at Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures Laboratory.
Myhrvold’s team demonstrated the system onstage using a green laser light rather than a real laser for safety reasons. They let loose mosquitoes in a glass box rigged with a camera on one side of the stage, then pointed the laser device at the box. The laser lights quickly located the mosquitoes in flight. After the live demo, Myhrvold showed a video depicting mosquitoes being zapped for real in flight. And I have the video for you guys to see .. Check it out.
In 2005, two Dutch video makers created a spoof commercial for the Star Wars Mosquito Defense System. A few minutes spent setting it up in your home and “there is no spot at all where the mosquito is safe.” Check out the spoof below:
B: The USB Mosquito Killer
Using an ultrasonic force field, this USB stick vows to protect you from mosquitoes during all those times when you find yourself using a laptop in outdoor situations.
More and more devices are using USB as a power supply despite the fact that they are completely unrelated to computer use. One such recent addition is the USB mosquito repellent dongle. Similar to other electronic pest deterrents, this device generates a repellent field to which some insects are sensitive.
Which One ?
Made in India is my new mantra, I remember during school, Gandhiji actually said that the day India starts buying Indian, until now Made in India was not such a good thing, not anymore. Made in India is now really going places.