innovation isn’t always about ‘cutting-edge tech’.
futurescope made an affordable air-disinfectant (that used ultra-violet-light), to be sold to hospitals, research centres, office-spaces, etc in india.
this market-space was originally dominated by products designed in north america. after the pandemic lockdowns, several companies flooded the indian market, but with lesser-quality materials, uncertified outputs, and a whole bunch of false-marketing. irrespective of origin, these products were quite expensive, and there remained a paucity of quality-yet-affordable products of this kind.
i worked on optics and (some) mechanical design, raising the product’s output threefold from 150 to 500 µW/cm². we used best-in-class materials, surpassed outputs claimed by every competitor globally, and did so at a much lesser price (because everything was designed and manufactured locally).
the company won the nidhi prayas award for innovative startups (2021) from the department of science and technology, government of india ; was incubated at the centre for innovation and entrepreneurship, iiit hyderabad ; and was mentored by programmes at bits bionest, bhive canada, and dlabs at the indian school of business.
work: advisor, on industrial design, product photography, and identity.
full credit & copyright: prashant kothari / futurescope technologies.