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Indian origin scientist Ramesh Raskar wins Lemelson MIT prize of $5,00,000


Ever imagine a camera which makes you go through the pages of the book without opening the cover!!! Unbelievable isn’t it!? This has turned into reality by Nasik born Ramesh Raskar, who finished his engineering from Pune, College of Engineering.

After completing his Ph.D. at UNC, Chapel Hill, he went to MIT Media Lab to work with others to develop a kind of technology which allows observers to perceive an image on- screen without wearing refraction corrective spectacles.

This Indian origin scientist has received Lemelson-MIT prize of USD 500,000 for his great inventions in to create a kind of solution which improves lives globally. He is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences and founded the group at MIT Media Lab.

The Lemelson award is given to those inventors who have created a product which can be a benefit to humankind and can easily adapt to practical use. The product should be valuable to our society.

Indian-origin Ramesh Raskar scientist wins $500,000 prize

The prize has certain goals to highlight the work of inventors and their product and how they can bring a significant change in social, cultural and economic intents.

This prize promotes role models to motivate youth to come forward and pursue their lives in creative areas. This brings awareness to people about such innovative inventions and helps these products to reach wider with commercialization so that it can be adopted and put into use. This prize celebrates such role models, who think of humanity, harmony and brings economic opportunity to many. An honorable award is given away to recognize their work on bigger scale.

Stephanie Couch, executive director of the Lemelson-MIT program, said, “The biggest challenge is to work with a team and Raskar not only is a great teacher, inventor, role model, but he believes in working with a team from various all over the world to develop a positive change.”

“I always wanted a kind of camera which blurs the sense of reality and can visually interact with the world via cameras,” said Raskar.

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