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Unmanned aerial vehicles usually shortened to UAV have been used in countless military operations in the recent past. Commonly referred to as drones, they are progressively being incorporated into other fields such as scientific, commercial and recreational applications.


Arnold Bett explains his locally assembled UAV in an interview.

Arnold Bett is a student at the University of Nairobi pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Microprocessor Technology and Instrumentation. Mr. Bett assembled a drone at the University’s School of Physical Sciences laboratory and showcased it at Nairobi Innovation Week 2016. Delegates were impressed by his innovation and were treated to a test flight.

Mr. Bett said it is not yet a finished product but sees a bright future in drone application especially in agriculture. Farmers with large tracks of land can easily monitor their crops using drones. “Farmers can as well spray pesticides using UAV technology,” Mr. Bett Added. He is still testing his innovation with plans to commercialize his endeavor in the near future.

Mathew Egessa has come up with an innovative idea to notify individuals involved in succession court cases on the progress of their cases. This is the first of its kind in Kenya. Through his Start Up Famalia, Mr. Egessa has solved the tedious problem where citizens visit the courts frequently to check on the progress of their cases. Succession cases take a relatively long time to close in Kenya.

The information will be accessible via a basic mobile phone and a variety of 2G (SMS, Interactive Voice Response (IVR) Technology and USSD) channels,” Mr. Egessa added.

Famalia is currently involved in HiiL Innovating Justice Competition with about 68 other innovations in the Justice Space. Finalists can win up to 100,000 euros, winners will be announced in December 2016 at Hague, Netherlands.


Allela Roy demonstrates to the President how his innovation works.

When the President visited the School of Biological and Physical sciences exhibition tent, he was particularly interested in an innovation by Allela Roy. Mr. Allela has developed a hand glove with sensors that translates sign language into audible speech. The hand glove is stitched with sensors connected via Bluetooth to his computer for communication.

“It is still in the development phase and this innovation will help the deaf communicate efficiently with people who have not learnt sign language.” He said. Mr. Chavo will continue its development after his graduation later this month. Allela Roy is graduating with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microprocessor Technology and Instrumentation.

Dr. Tonny Omwansa who chaired the committee spearheading the innovation week encourages the youth in Kenya to identify problems and give them a business oriented solution. He added that this is the best way to scale our economy.

By Philip Mwago.

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