Anandian Ganidu Nanayakkara’s software and hardware invention for computer control for the disabled which won a world prize at a global inventor competition recently, has seen as a next step, a patent application being filed in the U.S.A., arguably the world’s largest “high-tech” market.
This invention first became known at last year’s junior inventors’ competition, an annual event organized by the Institute of Engineers’ of Sri Lanka (I.E.S.L.).
Colombo Dockyard Managing Director Mangala Yapa speaking to reporters on Friday said that his company has registered 10-12 engineering drawings.
Technology and Research Minister Professor Tissa Vitharna said that in the nine months since the establishment of the nano-technology institute, 15 Sri Lankan nano-technologists have had filed five U.S. patent applications.
He bemoaned the fact that only 1.5% of Sri Lanka’s exports belong to the “high tech” category. The Minister has proposed a Science and Technology (S&T) policy for the country in order to take this field forward.
“We have to develop marketable products,” said Vitharna. “We need to go into high end technology.” The war for economic development is a more difficult battle to win, he admitted.
Meanwhile I.E.S.L. organised 25th Annual Techno 2010 Exhibition will be held at the Sirima Bandaranaike Convention Centre from October 8-10.