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Old January 14th, 2012, 09:13 AM   #21
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I hope they don't actually try to fly this thing.
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Old January 14th, 2012, 02:28 PM   #22
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Ugandans are always trying out stuff, from cars to airplanes. I wonder what's next, cruise ships?
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Old February 9th, 2012, 11:21 PM   #23
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What happened to this guy?....No offense but he should change his companies name to Uganda Space Research noway this guy can represent Africa....But good initiative
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Old May 10th, 2012, 06:08 AM   #25
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Any updates on the Kiira EV....There is just one major flaw i see with the car and that is suspension i hope when the car goes into large scale production automotive engineers will fix some of the structural issue that will afflict the car in the near future
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Old May 10th, 2012, 10:03 PM   #26
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What happened to this guy?....No offense but he should change his companies name to Uganda Space Research noway this guy can represent Africa....But good initiative
what do you mean what happened to him nothing hes still doing his work ...
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Old May 10th, 2012, 10:05 PM   #27
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Any updates on the Kiira EV....There is just one major flaw i see with the car and that is suspension i hope when the car goes into large scale production automotive engineers will fix some of the structural issue that will afflict the car in the near future
the car is a prototype they are engineering a solar powered bus now then later in years time with government funding mass production of the two may begin
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Old May 11th, 2012, 10:10 PM   #28
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what do you mean what happened to him nothing hes still doing his work ...
Thats what i meant how far has this project gotten so far???
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Old May 11th, 2012, 10:12 PM   #29
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the car is a prototype they are engineering a solar powered bus now then later in years time with government funding mass production of the two may begin
Solar powered bus hehe they will quickly find out how difficult it is to run a bus on just solar panels.......They should come to Kenya if they want faster funding
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Thats what i meant how far has this project gotten so far???
honestly im not sure
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Oh okay thanx anyway
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The Fiat of Uganda the KIIRA EV http://aada-african-car.blogspot.com...ev-uganda.html
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Ugandans oyeee...UG BOY, ADm.adama great job
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Old May 12th, 2012, 07:47 PM   #34
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I wish them luck. By the way I can help with Turbine engine design, we need real innovators on this continent
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Old June 5th, 2012, 10:25 AM   #35
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S6 students invent robot to find bombs



(L-R) Alvin Kabwama, Nigel Kinyera and David Tusubira, who are in their Senior Six vacation, display the robot that can detect and disarm explosive material at Makerere University yesterday. PHOTO BY ABDU KIYAGA
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Three St. Mary’s College Kisubi students under guidance of Makerere University don manufacture device that can detect and defuse explosives.



MAKERERE

Necessity is the mother of innovation and this seems to have been the main motivator for an Explosive Ordinance Disposal (OED) device that Makerere University’s College of Engineering, Design Art and Technology showcased at a press conference yesterday.

The device with capability to detect and defuse explosives is the brainchild of three students about to join university. They are tutored by Mr Cosmas Mwikyirize, a lecturer at the engineering college.

Mr Mwikyirize said the device, still a prototype for development of more effective systems to deal with the threat of terrorism and especially use of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), the favourite of terrorists, “was developed from scratch.”

It is the third in a series of other robot prototypes the college has made, including a chemical dispenser robot and an automatic scooter. “We built this robot from scratch, we did not have any blue print to look at,” Mr Mwikyirize said last evening.

Initially unveiled for the communications awards, two weeks ago, the robot runs on 12 motors, censors, and a Central Processing Unit of the tetrix system.
It uses Bluetooth for movement control and Wifi and Wimax for the video field to send signals. It stands on metallic beams also procured locally.

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An outcome of the [email protected], project for promotion of innovations, the robot is remotely controlled on a computer to navigate through relatively flat surfaces within a 20 meters radius.

It’s most important advantage is that it minimizes the risk of officers involved in counter-terrorism missions. “The design and construction of the robot was motivated by the need to demonstrate local capacity in the development of technology in the fight against terrorism,” college spokesperson Betty Kyakuwa told journalists at the Vice Chancellors monthly press briefing yesterday.

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Former St Mary’s College, Kisubi students, Alvin Kabwama, David Tusubira and Nigel Kinyera manufactured the prototype.

Last year, Makerere’s engineering college unveiled an electronic system for the electronic car Kiira EV automobile more recently announced the founding of the Winsenga device for antenatal investigations.

Vice Chancellor Venansius Baryamureeb said it was a great achievement for the university and country. However, Ms Kyakuwa said the public should not be excited by the machine because in its current state, it is not useful to the country but only to show that such innovations are possible.

“In its present state, it cannot go out to be experimented but only a proof and an inspiration to young people to work harder and realise that there is no limit to their imagination.

However, she said the university needed more funding or security partners to advance the robot innovation.

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Old June 6th, 2012, 09:53 PM   #36
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He really didnt invent it he just made it two different things the media needs to shape up but good job by this young man
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Old July 16th, 2012, 12:36 PM   #37
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Uganda to start exporting ARVs within region
Publish Date: Jul 16, 2012
Members of the IRCU led by Archbishop John Baptist Odama (C)listen to QCI director, George Bagume (R)
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Uganda is to start exporting antiretroviral (ARV) drugs in the region, officials have announced.
This comes after the Kenya Pharmacy and Poisons Board (KPPB) awarded Luzira-based ARV manufacturer, Quality Chemicals factory a certificate for good manufacturing practice (GMP).
Kenya's certification follows that of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) which authorized the company to sell its drugs to any part of the world.
“The KPPB certification allows us to export our medicines to Kenya. We are going to start this month [July],” said George Baguma, the company's chief commercial officer.
He was addressing the top leadership of the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRC-U), consisting of archbishops and sheikhs who toured the factory over the weekend.
According to Baguma, Tanzania's Food and Drugs Administration (TFDA) also inspected the plant and is yet to issue certification.
“We have completed registration in Rwanda and Burundi. We are waiting for their bodies in charge of drugs to come and inspect the plant so that we can also export there.”
East Africa has millions of people living with HIV who need ARVs.
Besides ARVs, Quality Chemicals also produces Lumartem, an anti-malarial drug. It currently produces six million tablets a day.
However, given the widening market, they are to put up a second plant which will increase the capacity to 24 million tablets every day. The plant will be ready in one-and-a-half years, Baguma said.
Other innovations include producing bi-layer ARV tablets which will reduce the burden involved with consuming ARVs from the current two to three tablets daily to just one.
This is in line with the latest technology in the developed world like US and Germany where only one ARV tablet is enough for a day.
Northern Uganda Catholic archbishop, John Baptist Odama commended the innovation, saying it would improve people's adherence to taking ARVs.
“Failure to adhere to the doctors' instructions concerning the number of times one is supposed to consume ARVs is what mainly causes early HIV/AIDS-related deaths. Any plan to reduce the number of tablets one is supposed to take is welcome,” said Odama.
“This is a great achievement. You have done us proud as Uganda,” added Odama, and urged other clergymen to be the company's advocates whenever they travel abroad.
During the tour, the clerics were mesmerized by the high emphasis placed on quality and sanitation in the Kampala-based factory, which even involves denying the smallest of insects entrance into the plant.
Samuel Opio, the company pharmacist explained that each of the products goes through 250 tests by the time it reaches the packing line.
“We are not demand-driven. We are mostly quality-driven. If you produce substandard drugs, you may close soon. We cannot mortgage our long-term benefits with short-term demand requirements,” said Baguma.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #38
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Makerere designs Metallic Mobile public toilet
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Proposed metalic mobile toilet. By Abu Mwesigwa

By Henry Sekanjako

Makerere University is designing a metallic mobile toilet named ‘Smart Portable public trailer toilet’. The toilet which is in a trailer like form is intended to benefit mainly urban centers and slum communities around the country.

Unlike, the usual mobile public toilets that are made out of plastic, the smart portable trailer toilet will be constructed using metallic materials.

The metallic toilet whose technology is new in Uganda has four units and is being designed by Makerere University College of engineering design, Art and Technology under the Architecture and mechanical engineering.

Unveiling the project recently at Makerere University , Dr.Allan Birabi the project team researcher said the toilet will benefit the urban residents and communities faced with poor sanitation especially in slums and informal settlements where access to clean and decent toilet facilities is still a problem.

“Major institutions with poor toilet facilities like schools, hospitals, army and police barracks will also benefit from this technology,” Birabi added.

According to Birabi, the smart trailer toilet will integrate the unique qualities of a portable, self-contained toilet model with the dynamic ecological systems of urban centers. Unlike the existing local mobile toilets, the smart public toilet by Makerere will cater for the needs of disabled people which the current mobile toilets have ignored.

“Designs under this project will incorporate the application of solar energy in the functioning of the mobile trailer toilet,” noted Dr. Amin Tamala Kiggundu project team researcher.

Kiggundu explained that most of Kampala suburbs such as Kalerwe, Bwaise and Katanga have a high water table which cannot allow the construction of normal pit latrines.

He said they are done with the design and hope to go into full production within a space of four years but are constrained with finances.

“We are calling for funding so that we can further this project, we hope this facility can help our brothers in slums, refugees and those in disaster prone areas like Bududu,” Kiggundu said.

One of the researchers Dr. Allan Birabi explaining about the mobile toilet. By Abu Mwesigwa.

Currently Makerere is partnering with Kampala capital city authority, (KCCA) Urban authorities association of Uganda, ministry of local government among other partners for a successful project.

On completion of some of the toilets, Makerere will deploy some of them under a pilot business arrangement where proceeds from the pilot will be used to finance more research on sanitation and management of human waste in Uganda.

The brains behind the smart portable trailer toilet include Dr, Assumpta Nnaggenda designer manager, Pro Dr.Nawangwe Barnabas principal investigator, Wilfred Wadada, and Komakech Patrick among other project members.
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Old November 27th, 2012, 04:20 PM   #39
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I am part of a UK based NGO organization that is assisting some guys in Southern KLA to finish a helicopter project that is more realistic than these space ship guys. Have you heard of the crew?
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Mak students get Shs125m million for computer application

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Makerere University students have received Shs125 million from Microsoft Corporation for developing computer software that detects early pregnancies.
Mr Aaron Tushabe, Mr Joshua Okello and Mr Josiah Kavuma, all students at the College of Computing and Information Sciences, early this year developed a computer application code-named Winsenga, which performs ultra-sound imaging on pregnant women and detects problems like ectopic pregnancies or abnormal fetal heart beats.

During the Social Innovation Summit held on Tuesday in Silicon Valley, USA, the trio received an innovation prize of $50,000 (Shs125 million) from Microsoft.

Ms Maria Muzaaki, the college’s communication officer, says the three students would also receive software, cloud computing services, solution provider support, premium Microsoft BizSpark account benefits and access to local resources such as Microsoft Innovation Centres in Africa.

According Ms Muzaaki, the innovation is an opportunity for young mothers to detect pregnancy complications in early stages, adding that it also helps mothers have the power to change their lives.

In September, the three students told the British Broadcasting Corporation their innovation was an enhancement to the Pinard horn, a device invented by a French doctor, Adolphe Pinard, who invented it back in the 19th Century to monitor the heart beat rate of a fetus during pregnancy. It can determine the age, position and heart beat rate of the fetus, along with an indication of its overall health.

Winsenga still consists of a plastic trumpet, but with a highly sensitive microphone inside. The souped-up device, which is placed on a woman's abdomen just like a regular horn, connects to a Windows-based phone. The system picks up the fetus heart beat rate, transmits it to the phone, which runs an analysis. The system which was developed in conjunction with medics for the UN agency Unicef then recommends a course of action, if any, for the mother and her unborn child.

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