Premier tech exhibit envisions a better world

Russia. Moscow. 29 October 2015. At the international forum "Open Innovation" at the Exhibition of Economic Achievements.

Russia. Moscow. 29 October 2015. At the international forum "Open Innovation" at the Exhibition of Economic Achievements.

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The five most promising tech innovations at the recently concluded Open Innovations Technology Show, held in Moscow between October 29 and November 1, are outlined below.

Smart cot

New parents almost always have a sense of angst regarding their infants. Now they can count on support from the ‘Baby Feel’ smart-cot platform developed by the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech).

"It is very often difficult to understand an infant’s mood and condition, so parents ask everyone for advice," Dmitry Tsetseukou, director of Skoltech's intelligent space robotics laboratory, told RIR. “The cot will be able to analyze the 'baby’s language' in order to identify emotions."

The cot will send phone messages to parents about their child's emotional and physiological state, take his or her photos, and select the best of them.

Integration is soon expected with WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and other social networks. The developers only have a 3D model at the moment, but they promise to release a prototype within a few months.

Safe landing system for planes

Researchers at the St. Petersburg State Electro-technical University (LETI) have created this system which assesses the state of the airport runway, which is particularly crucial in extreme conditions. The systems used in Russia today are either outdated or very expensive, costing more than $132,000.

"Our system is several times less expensive than anything similar, priced at about $38,000," Anastasia Stotskaya, one of the developers, told RIR. 

This technology is unique and based on the fully automated mode of an electro-mechanical braking device. Developers are also thinking about entering the world market.

"First, we need to test the technology in Russia," said Stotskaya. "So, in the near future we plan to introduce it in airports."

Pellets for nuclear reactors

Developers at Atomtekhservis in the Ulyanovsk Region have designed new pellets for nuclear safety. China has already expressed interest in the product. Boron carbide pellets are not new, but Russian developers have increased the duration of their use, two-fold, with the new technology of plasma sintering.

"The pellets are placed in the reactor and absorb neutron radiation," Albert Gataullin, director of the Dimitrovgrad Nuclear Cluster Development Centre, said. "When they disintegrate, they need to be replaced. To do this, the reactor is stopped. While conventional pellets last for one year, ours last 2.5 times longer."

Vertical takeoff drone

Developers say the first commercial tilt-rotor, ERA-100, has many advantages over conventional UAVs.

"It flies over much greater distances, around 1,000 kilometres, and it is more flexible and efficient," said Vladimir Spinko, chief operating officer of the startup, Aerokso.

The company was founded in 2014, and has already attracted investment of $500 million from the venture capital fund, I2BF Global Ventures. The tilt-rotor can be used to monitor infrastructure and agricultural projects, as well as for entertainment and other purposes. According to Spinko, there is interest in this product from buyers in Arab countries.

Antioxidant from Soviet algae

The creators of a new antioxidant have combined Soviet collections of algae and American technology. Denis Kuzmin, the CEO of Solix, said its products contain one of the most powerful and valuable pharmaceutical antioxidants – astaxanthin.

"The world market for astaxanthin is estimated at several billion dollars," said Kuzmin, adding that most companies synthesize it chemically, but the Russian-American company was able to obtain it naturally from micro-algae.

The goal of research is to find microorganisms that grow quickly and produce a large amount of this substance.

"Here we have a clear competitive advantage because we work with the largest collections of such microorganisms," says Kuzmin.

The collections of algae made in the USSR were left unstudied for a long time due to the lack of necessary equipment. Solix's main facilities are located at the company's headquarters in Colorado. 

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