Dec 26, 2016

The Makers of 2016

Best of FactorDaily's maker stories from 2016.

BYJayadevan PK

In 2016, we covered a lot of makers. By makers, we mean people who’ve mixed technology with the do-it-yourself culture and built interesting products. Some of them have been nights and weekends projects that have now become serious startups and companies. Others are simply interesting products that were built for the joy of it.
In 2017, we’ll double down on our maker coverage simply because they inspire us. Given the right opportunities, we believe, they will do great things for the world. If you are a maker or you know a maker, don’t hesitate to contact us. Here are the top maker stories we covered over the past year.
1. The story of Rajlakshmi Borthakur, a scientist at IISc, who set out to predict and manage her son’s epileptic seizures better.

This mom created a device to detect her son’s epileptic seizures

2. Wearables made in India usually lack finesse. But meet Blink, a beautiful smartwatch made in Bengaluru.

Blink: A smartwatch from India

3. For millions of visually challenged Indians, the only way to read is through books printed in braille or screen readers. But what if you wanted to read a normal book? Watch this video.

This cool device helps visually impaired people read printed books

4. Cane is usually seen as good material for furniture. But what if you could make prosthetics with them? A Bengaluru-based innovator has done that. Watch his story.

These guys have made low-cost prosthetics using cane. And they work

5. Cycling on Indian roads can be dangerous. Here’s our story on Aster, a backpack which increases safety for cyclists.

Bengaluru startup develops ‘world’s safest backpack’ for cyclists

Also read ‘The year at FactorDaily’.

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Jayadevan PK is a writer of FactorDaily.