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Innovate to create pro-people IT goods: Prasad to scientists

“Through Make In India, Start Up India, Stand Up India, Skill Development and Smart Cities, we have created a vast digital eco-system and scientists need to be more innovative and out-of-the-box and should come up with more pro-people IT products and empower the citizens,” he said.

Prasad was speaking at the inauguration of a new research centre of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing here and launch of e-Hastakshar, its e-signature service, which enables signing of digital documents in a legally acceptable manner. C-DAC is a premier research and development (R&D) organisation of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity).

Addressing the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing scientists, Prasad said, “Our vision is to make India an intellectually empowered society and initiatives like Make In India, Start 
Up India, Stand Up India, Skill Development and Smart Cities are designed to make India 
a knowledgeable and intellectual country.” 

The philosophy behind all these initiatives of the Modi Government was that India missed out on industrial and entrepreneur revolutions, but now it should not miss out on digital revolution, he said. 

“We want to become a leader in digital revolution and that is our vision,” Prasad added. The minister applauded C-DAC for its contribution to electronics and computing. 

Microsoft putting ‘brains’ in fridges
Microsoft is putting its machine brains into a Liebherr refrigerator... literally. The US technology giant and Liebherr are collaborating on a new “SmartDeviceBox” that take the kitchen appliance beyond cooling comestibles to reminding people what they need at the market, Microsoft principal data scientist TJ Hazen has said in a blog post. 

The box is an internet-connected module that fits inside refrigerators and freezers. Microsoft is putting machine vision capabilities to work to enable boxes to recognize milk cartons, ketchup bottles and other food inside refrigerators, according to Hazen.

The SmartDeviceBox uses cameras and object recognition technology to track what is in a refrigerator, keeping an inventory list, so that can be accessed through applications tailored for smartphones powered by Android, Apple or Windows software, Microsoft news center staff member Athima Chansanchai said in an online post.  “In the near future, Liebherr refrigerators will help you shop and plan meals through intelligent food management,” Chansanchai said. 
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