Posted by Srividya Ram
Almost few years back, while we were stuck in a traffic jam, the little one was getting restless. Reason - We will miss her favorite TV show. To keep the cool, I was telling her that how nice it will be if we have some technology where we can get to just beam the TV rays on any surface and we can watch TV anywhere. That idea kept the conversation interesting and saved the day. It was long still I forgot about this - and then, one of the days I saw the details of the project by Pranav Mistry - Sixth Sense. You can watch the video here. I was amazed about his innovation and felt that what I discussed with my kid may become a reality sooner than I thought. I was very impressed by this Indian researcher’s innovation quotient.
The last 2.5 years, I have been following randomly about Pranav Mistry’s projects. They were very interesting. The latest one was Sparsh which he presented in the Nasscom‘s India Leadership Forum last week. As always, Sparsh was also equally impressive - a technology which conceptually transfer media from one digital device to your body and pass it to the other digital device by simple touch gestures. Watch the video here.
But this post is just beyond Pranav Mistry’s innovation quotient - It is about his Social Awareness and his thought about giving back to the society. Pranav is very open in sharing his ideas and even technologies for free. In the current world of commercialism where every company plan to make money with every new version of their gadgets (ipad 2, 3 and so on of Apple is an example!), it was very unique that he is doing this. I was very curious about this part of Pranav - how is he going to get his fundings for future research if he is going to give his ideas/technology for free. I was more than convinced when I read his response to almost same question asked by a reporter……..this is what Pranav says
Yes, many people tell me that I can make lots of money if I sell the patented technologies I have helped create. But my goal isn’t to be the richest person in the world. And this also has to do with the way I grew up in Palanpur, my hometown. I realised early in life that no one remembers you post death just because you were a rich person. Do YOU remember such a person? We now know the richest when they are alive. But do you know the top 10 richest of 18th century? But we all do know Albert Einstein, Mother Teresa, so we do remember those who make a change in history. We always remember those who contribute to society. And money shall come and go, I shall have enough to be happy but not necessarily want so much that I don’t know what to do with it.
I was amazed by this clarity!! Here is one Indian in the new generation who not only is a great technical wiz kid, but the one who thinks of society…………makes us proud.
Congratulations and all the best, Pranav!!