Local talent unfurled
‘The nation re emerges through inventions and
“It will always do to change for the better.’ Creativity is after all
the mother of invention. Thus, the recognition of the innate talent and
expertise of society; their contribution in the field of inventions and
innovations and the untiring effort to build a niche in modern
innovative technology with unique Sri Lankan character to uplift the
nation’s living standards is being encouraged and promoted annually by
the Sri Lanka inventors Commission fulfilling yet another of the Mahinda
Chinthanaya pledges to set aside 1 per cent of the country’s GDP for
inventions and innovations in the Science and Technology field.
This year too 30 concepts of such inventions were displayed at the
BMICH at the Inventions and Innovations exhibition 2008. A competition
is conducted annually to resolve problems relating to nationally
This year’s Presidential award, the Grand Challenge were awarded to
the innovation of a water purifier: a solution to the problem of
purification water in the Anuradhapura and Kurunegala areas where kidney
disease is rampant while a herbal tube for the mosquito menace and
bitter melon used in instant food varieties for school children was also
The exhibition also had on display many interesting inventions and
innovations such as the banana fibre stripping machine which could turn
out vibrant handbags and travelling bags to the memory developer, a
memory developing device for the thinker which was well patronized by
A critical care assistant: a decision support device for critical
illness in medical practice saw many medical professionals gather to
check out the mechanism while the Robotic arm, the Blind stick connected
to a three wheel moving platform and the semi autonomous wheel chair : a
better way of mobility for handicapped and elderly to move around easily
without depending on others was also some of the inventions on display.
An automatic lightning surge diverter, the inverter welding machine
-a voltage converter which allows the use of very small transformers,
Bench power supply, a highly reliable micro controller based analog to
digital conversion for both voltage and current display, the Switch Mode
Battery Charger - a low profile modern design switch mode power supply,
Reed industry machineries, introducing new tools and technology to
develop the reed industry and the Automatic Exhaust Fan Controller, a
system that can detect the presence of a person and activate
automatically were some of the other interesting inventions.
The Pressed Brick Maker a low cost and strengthened pressed soil
bricks, the multipurpose slicer, a manual cum electrical device where
thickness is adjustable, the string hopper or bit fabricating machine
using different shapes, bites and pellets, manure spreader with slurry
maker-a very economical way of spreading manure, the medicinal plant
solar drier for drying plants, the Nursery bag filling machine where a
large number of seedlings can be made during the seed production season
the automatic cinnamon processing machine, automated loading system for
coconut husk chopping, automated coir dust briquette maker, Intelligent
electronic spot welding machine, automation of Bristle fibre production
to maximize the length of the fibre and a Geo textile machine, were some
of the other appliances that were also much sort after.
From a high capacity furnace producing char from saw dust and paddy
husk to an Efficient wheel barrow which can be used to carry heavy
things easily to a virtual mouse- a wearable and wireless replacement
the exhibition and an innovative check block method of dressmaking a
simpler method of dress making with just two measurements was spread
over a hundred stalls.
Meanwhile, Commissioner of the Sri Lanka Inventions and Innovations
Commission, Director Academic Studies, General surgeon Kotelawala
Defence Academy and Senior lecturer of the Dept of Mechanical
Engineering, University of Moratuwa, Dr. Kapila C.K. Perera speaking to
the Sunday Observer said since 1993 many programs have been deviced to
encourage the inventors at all levels.
Young inventors circles in the schools, villages and institutions
working for the upliftment of the standards of society have been
selected and awarded for their contribution from time to time in keeping
with the priorities of the government at this forum organized by the Sri
Lanka Inventions Commission to assist experts in different fields with
Electronic controlled garbage
incinerator by R. D. W. Piyasiri.
Grand Challenge Merit Award for Herbal
creams for wounds and incisions by Dr N.M. Nawarathana.
SMS based aircraft warning lamp by
Snergy (Pvt) Ltd.