The Ishu Scarf, invented by a 28-year-old guy, Saif Siddiqui, from New Delhi, is gaining popularity amongst the cynosures.
Celebrities around the world are bothered about their privacy and here’s a solution from this New Delhi student, who now runs his booming business due to his innovative product and creative talent. The name “ISHU” stands for privacy and silence, and is a play on the words “issue” and “shh”.
Everyone from Hollywood actors to football superstars are being spotted the Ishu scarf in public.
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Siddiqui told Buzzfeed the scarf’s purpose was to give people their privacy.
“The main intention is to make people aware of how important privacy actually is,” he said. “Everyone has a ‘brand’ online, and with the ISHU Scarf, people are back in control of their privacy.”
Presenting… the paparazzi-proof ISHU Scarf!
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The Ishu scarf made from a special fabric – consisting of thousands of nano-spherical crystals reflects light back into the camera and hence makes the wearer invisible to the flash photography.
The ISHU was officially launched at Soho House Toronto in October 2015. The force behind the creation of this #InvisibilityCloak was adamant that a stylish solution be available to that select group of people who want to control unwanted pictures of them being taken with mobile devices, which inevitably end up plastered across social media.
Image Credit: theishu.com | Saif Siddiqui, founder of theishu.com now runs his booming business shuttling between London and Amsterdam.
It took Saif 6 years to research and present his idea into a demanding product. We often see the success but fail to see the hard work, dedication and belief in one’s idea and his continuous efforts to make his idea successful. Here’s the making of “The ISHU Scarf”:
The concept of The ISHU dates back to 2009 when Dutch-born Saif Siddiqui took a picture of friends standing in front of a bike in Amsterdam. He noticed that the bike’s reflector manipulated the flash of his mobile camera in a way that obscured the faces of his friends in the picture. He immediately realized that if developed into the right product, this feature would be an ideal solution for his friends and now available to the public who want to keep their private moments in public private. Saif put together a team of experts
who dug into the science of light and reflection, and how to blend technology with fashion. 6 Years later The ISHU is released to instant acclaim. Privacy is back.
The “anti-paparazzi” cloaking device also works with video cameras.
Siddiqui is launching ISHU phone cases in July, and hopes to get the product integrated in museums and private jets soon.
He aims to bring the concept to India in a few months, and is hopeful that it will catch the eye in Bollywood as strongly as it has in the rest of the world.
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You can check out the ISHU range of products before the global launch in August here.
“I wanted to do something special.” remarked Nicole Bennett, a mississippi resident who made the memories of her late husband captured in her maternity shoots in a special way.
Pictures speak thousand words and here are the ones which can warm up your souls:
Maternity shoots to anyone are really really precious. Every mother wants to preserve these cherishing memories and Nicole did it in a tremendous way when her husband, Deonta, passed away just two months before her due date for her second baby’s birth.
She decided to include him in the photos in a very special way and make his presence be felt forever.
Actually it was Deonta’s idea to have a maternity shoot with his beloved wife and their 4 years old son Landen which Nicole kept alive even after his death.
Photographer Sidney Conley who captured all the pictures digitally submerged images of Deonta as a silhouette showcased as his angel spirit.
As reported by Daily Mail, Nicole hopes that this would be special memory for her children and they can always remember their dad. “It’s memories for my son of his father and for my daughter who will never meet her father, it’s memories for her as well,” she said.
Photographer Conley digitally included Deonta in the photographs and admitted that he was so deeply moved, that it brought tears to his eyes.
The photos received over 100,000 shares on Conley’s Facebook page.
True love stays forever and these pictures proved it in a beautiful, heart melting way.
Nicole gifted the best gift ever to her children and made a lifetime memory for the entire family making sure that her kids always remember their dad.
Did you know about the construction of a Doomsday Seed Vault in the Arctic and the science behind it?
A journey to the end of the earth will show you a place that might someday save humankind. It’s a bank built to last 10,000 years. It’s not money or gold but the world’s most important assets which are being preserved and made safe from climate change and nuclear war, locked deep inside the doomsday vault.
High on a wind-blasted Arctic mountain, a stark concrete doorway leads to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a store to ensure the survival of the world’s most precious plants among the last bits of land before the North Pole.
What happens if war or global warming threaten the key plants that the world depends on for food? A consortium of scientists is running what it believes is an answer: a deep-freeze for thousands of seed samples that is meant to serve as a back-up to cope with the worst-case scenarios.
Designed to cope with the most pessimistic nightmare of a doomsday the Global Seed Vault is buried inside a mountain on the freezing Arctic islands of ice-covered Svalbard. Way up north, in the permafrost, 800 miles or 1300 kilometers beyond the Arctic Circle (The North Pole), is the world’s largest secure seed storage, opened by the Norwegian Government in February 2008. From all across the globe, crates of seeds are sent here for safe and secure long-term storage in cold and dry rock vaults.
The very first barrier to entry is the sheer remoteness of the location. Next comes an unintended hazard – a sheet of rock-hard ice cover. Each step is perilous with the blow of piercing wind and an extreme quiet atmosphere. The vault is secured by four sets of locked doors, according to the Crop Trust.
Another door opens on to a tunnel that gently descends deeper into the mountain. Most of the tunnel is lined with concrete but further inside the rock face is bare. Voices start to echo.
The concept of the project is simple: imagine everything that could go wrong with the world’s key food crops and make sure samples of them are untouched here.
The temperature is minus 4F and in the permafrost where the ground never thaws. So the entrance itself is 130m above the sea comfortably above the most horrific projections for how the oceans could rise if there is a total melting of the polar ice-caps in the coming centuries.
Thick rock offers the best insurance against missiles. Crystals of ice are glinting on the rock walls. One more door lies ahead. It is thickly encrusted in ice. The air beyond is kept at minus 18C.
The store has rows of shelves, each one crammed with large plastic containers of the sort you might use to keep files or move house. Inside are tiny silver packets that hold the seeds themselves – more than 865,871 packets in all, representing more than 5,000 species and nearly half of the world’s most important food crops and is capable of holding many more.
The labels are fascinating – there are seeds from Africa, Asia and America. There are also boxes from North Korea – that’s a big surprise.
Down on the water is the northernmost town in the world, Longyearbyen, with about 2,000 people. But polar bears outnumber the people, and reindeer outnumber everything. It’s an otherworldly place, a twilight zone, where, sometimes, the sun never rises and the moon never sets. In the dead of winter, it was the last stop in the 30-year journey of American scientist Cary Fowler.
Cary Fowler runs the Global Crop Diversity Trust set up by the United Nations and a group called Bioversity International. His safe house cost $9 million. Norway paid for construction, Bill Gates paid for the shipping, and seeds from nearly every nation on earth are locked inside.
From the outside, the vault looks like a concrete wedge pounded into a mountain. But as you walk through the door, you cross from a hostile wasteland into a safe house for humanity. It looks like a “Doomsday vault”.
Fowler says. “We built it to last as long as we could imagine. I don’t know what was in the minds of the people who built the pyramids. Maybe they were building to last forever too. But I can’t think of anything that’s built in our lifetime that’s been built with this kind of time horizon.”
Inside, pipes provide additional refrigeration, despite the fact the vault is only several hundred miles from the North Pole. “We’re going freeze it even further,” Fowler explains.
They freeze it colder than the permafrost, so that if the earth warms and the power goes out, the vault will stay frozen for another 25 years.
The treasures that the vault was built to house came by plane and approached an airstrip at the base of the mountain nearby. What’s in the boxes took 10,000 years to develop and 70 years to collect.
“This is the coldest place in the mountain. We wanted to take advantage of the naturally frozen temperatures down here. We wanted absolutely the coldest spot we could find,” Fowler explains. There are air locked doors and they keep the cold air in.
Inside the boxes that came off the plane are millions of silver envelopes, containing seeds of almost everything.
Here’s the detailed coverage of the doomsday Seeds Vault by 60 Minutes:
The”Svalbard Global Seed Vault” is built to warehouse backup copies of all the world’s crops – 1.5 billion seeds – including everything from California sunflowers to ancient Chinese rice. If an asteroid strikes the earth, seeds to restart agriculture would come from the vault. But science fiction aside, the main purpose is to protect against a doomsday that is unfolding right now because the plants we’ve been eating for 10,000 years are going extinct.
“If you ask somebody ‘How many kinds of apples are there?’ They’re going to say ‘Well, there’s red, there’s green. There’s yellow. There’s Macintosh. There’s Golden Delicious.’ They’re going to give you an answer like that,” Fowler says.
“But in fact, in the 1800s in the United States people were growing 7,100 named varieties of apples. 7,100 different varieties of apples that are catalogued,” Fowler explains.
“Today we’ve lost about 6,800 of those, so the extinction rate for apples varieties in the United States is about 86 percent,” he explains.
Extinction exists in all crops. Estimates are that every day one crop strain disappears. And here’s why: seeds used to be passed down through families. But today, farmers are planting mass-produced industrial seeds. The upside is more food. The downside is the family variety goes extinct.
Almost every country collects it’s own seeds in banks for safe keeping. And for 110 years, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has sent scientists, called “plant explorers,” to the ends of the earth to collect seeds.
Just by looking at the material in a farmer’s field you might say, ‘That one’s no good. Don’t collect it.” But you can’t anticipate what value that might have. There may be genes in that material that are gonna be of immense value in the future. Today, scientists prevent famines by going through tens of thousand of plants looking for genes to fight disease or drought or any other problem.
There was an important seed bank in Afghanistan which has been destroyed. The Afghan seeds were thrown away because looters wanted the glass jars they were kept in. Much of Iraq’s seed collection was lost in that war and, in the Philippines, a typhoon washed away much of the world’s most important rice bank.
“Doomsday doesn’t have to come in the form of an asteroid. Doomsday can come in the form of an equipment failure or mismanagement just human mismanagement or a lack of funding or a typhoon, or something like that. And those kinds of things are happening all the time,” Fowler says.
Once that crop is lost, Fowler says we’ll never see it again. “And any kind of characteristic that it might have had is gone. It’s off the artist’s palate. It’s the color that we can’t use anymore. It may have the disease or pest resistance that we absolutely need to have a viable crop in the future. Gone.”
Svalbard may seem a strange place to build an ark for plants. The islands are a white desert, barren and chilled to 30 below zero. The sun never comes up over the horizon in the wintertime. It’s ironic that the world’s agricultural heritage is being stored in a place with no agriculture at all.
But the mountains are just the place to save the resources of life itself-remote from nuclear war, from storms, and rising seas.
Around six months earlier some of the Syrian seeds – including ancient and potentially sturdy varieties of wheat, barley and chickpeas – were extracted from the deep-frozen shelves because they were needed back in the Middle East. The withdrawal actually serves as proof that such a vault is necessary.
In all, 128 boxes – out of a total of 350 originally sent from Aleppo – were carried back through all the doors, up the tunnel and over the dangerous ice-patch to be flown to Lebanon and Morocco.
Whether it’s a dry climate, a new virus, or infestation, the genes to stop a famine may be in one of the boxes stored in the vault. When the last of the seeds descends the tunnel, the lights will go out, the vault will be locked, and Cary Fowler will have achieved his life’s work-preserving civilization’s past against an uncertain future.
“So, if worst comes to worst this does save the world,” he says. “But it also has a more mundane feature which is that it helps us everyday by feeding people.”
That’s exactly what this place was designed for. Most countries have their own stores of key plant varieties and the Global Seed Vault is meant to work as a back-up to those back-ups.
Please circulate this message as far and to as many people as you can.
This is the season of fruits like mango, jamun, jack fruit Etc.
My request to all of us is to kindly don’t throw the seeds, wash them, dry them and keep it in a plastic pouch in your car.
Whenever you go out and find baren land while travelling, on a highway throw these seeds. They will germinate easily the coming monsoon.
If with this act we can contribute even a single tree to our mother nature, our mission is successful.
This is not just a random idea. It was initiated decades ago in areas like satara and ratnagiri in maharastra and have been successful. Many other districts have appealed to people to spread abundance in nature this way and many citizens have joined this wonderful mission.
It would be wonderful if all of us join this great mission and contribute a little towards our mother nature and make this world a better place to live in for our next generations.
The ROAR project (Robot based Autonomous Refuse handling), is a system in it’s prototype phase where an autonomous robot works with a drone to pick up trash from the locations and collect it within the garbage truck.
The project which is funded by the Volvo group is being invented by more than 30 students from different universities. This robot can replace the cleaning / garbage men totally, once the project is fully functional. The project was announced by the Volvo group in September.
The robot is equipped with sensors and camera on top of the truck which navigates it and keeps it away from the obstacles. The process is being tested and it also has an inbuilt emergency break to avoid collision with any object or suppose a child is running. The robot will automatically stop in such a situation. It can also change it’s way if the sensor detects any obstacle on the way.