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ICT Research to Boost India Socio-Economic Development


Microsoft researcher William Thies

Microsoft researcher William Thies and colleagues have sought to invent and apply technologies that are specifically tailored to foster socio-economic development in India.

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William Thies and other scientists at Microsoft Research India have created technologies specifically designed to facilitate socio-economic development, spanning such sectors as education, agriculture, microfinance, and health care. The multidisciplinary research groups consist of sociologists, computer scientists, and communications specialists.

One project the scientists developed is the MultiPoint Mouse, in which several mice are attached to one computer and applications are used to enable simultaneous learning. Another project is Digital Green, in which farmers can record their agricultural practices and send them to a mediator, who passes the videos along to other farmers.

In collaboration with Operation ASHA, the Microsoft Research India team also developed a biometric terminal for tuberculosis clinics. It uses low-cost netbooks, a fingerprint reader, and a low-cost mobile phone for data upload. The research team also developed a microfludic chip, a small plastic device that integrates all of the features of a biological laboratory on a portable platform.

From EE Times India
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