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Notable inventions discovered by Indian professor

These are just a few of the other innovations Anil Gupta has found on his Shodh Yatra week-long treks through rural India.

These are just a few of the other innovations Anil Gupta has found on his Shodh Yatra week-long treks through rural India.

Cotton harvester

Nattubhai Vader, a farmer from the state of Gujarat, invented a special cotton harvester that fits over a tractor after watching women and children performing the slow grueling work of harvesting an especially troublesome variety of cotton.

Coconut plucker

The late farmer MJ Joseph, also known as Appachan, had only a fourth grade education but was still able to create a device for climbing coconut trees to harvest the fruit.

Water walkers

Dwarka Prasad had heard about a fraudster holy man who claimed he could walk on water. Intrigued, he designed special water walking shoes that would allow the wearer to walk or skate across a lake.

Perpetual paintbrush

Jahangir Ahmad devised an electric paintbrush that pumps paint from a hose directly to the brush and never needs to be dipped into a can.

Water tires

Farmers in the state of Madhya Pradesh brushed aside tractor salesmen who were trying to sell them expensive weights to help their tractors work the thick, hard soil there. Instead, they filled the tires with water, making the tractors heavier for a minimal cost.

Leg-powered washing machine

High school student Remya Jose was forced to do laundry by hand when her mother got sick because her family had no washing machine. So she invented a washing machine/exercise bike that is cheap to make and requires no electricity.

Aloe vera gel maker

Dharamveer Kamboj made a tabletop machine that can cheaply make aloe vera gel from aloe leaves.

Well pulley

Amrit Agrawat wanted to help the women in his village who were struggling to pull heavy water buckets from a well so he made a pulley with a brake to let the women rest midway through their labor.