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The Real Grass-roots Innovation by Indian wins Best Product Design!

When I saw this low-cost low-tech simple yet extremely useful Product design – I was quite amazed as to why have we not seen it as yet. It would have saved back aches of thousands, if not millions of people who carry / push load on daily basis.

In a contest arranged by Core77, the product – Load Carrier for Labor – designed & created by Vikram Dinubhai Panchal of The National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad won in the product / equipment category!

This winning product was made at a miniscule cost of Rs. 300 and has potential to affect lives of millions of people across the globe. “Load carrier for labor” project aims to improve the working condition of labourers and workers at many places globally like construction site, factories, ports, railway stations, etc The objective is to prevent various occupational hazards and demonstrating Product design and ergonomic consideration in welfare of human life.

Load Carrier for Labourer Pictures

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[A push cart as well as a backpack which can pick-up heavy loads]

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[To carry Loads overhead with ease]

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[and a pushcart as well…]

Won’t this Rs. 300 product be a dream come true for labourers who carry heavy loads day-in and day-out. This is the Real grass-roots innovation!

You can check out the details of this product by visiting their product page.

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194 comments

  1. Fine product 1 Can be used in Sabarimala pilgrimage in carrying people & essential commodites

  2. okay type nathing super…just a utility Insight.

  3. That’s the beauty of India Engineering. it’s cheap, useful and usable by everyone.

  4. nice to see innovative products for common man.

  5. very simple, uncommon product design, very useful, easily produce-able, at low strain & high output giving design…… excellent !!!!!!!!!!! really appreciable invention by.

  6. Anantha Rishikesan Thamotharan

    WOW, looks great… good to know that innovation are focused on these areas…….

  7. Great Innovation. Congrats to Khemji bhai, Prof Anil Gupta and Prof Panchal for bringing such an innovation.

  8. problem are the wheels , -Indian roads aren't good enough – got to have 4×4 type wheels.

  9. For Us, By Us…

  10. Genius is always simple…

  11. its simple to look! bt really helpful….. elegant…thnxxx theee 4 your great mind.

  12. check this out! Load Carrier for Labourers – This is innovation! I say

  13. superb! very useful innovation for the labourers.it will be nice if it comes to the practical life as early as possible.

  14. Wonderful and so simple innovation! Bravo!

  15. simple yet very useful innovation.

  16. It certainly seems useful and amazing, but we can’t really say if it would be a success, until we put it out in the market or ask 30-40 laborers to use it.

  17. Rajeesh Panekkatt V

    good

  18. Malleswara Rao Venkata Balabhadra

    superb…

  19. Innovation!

  20. Egbert Bouwhuis

    Nice idea, wonder how it looks like after a few years of (heavy) use ;-) and also wonder how it will compete with new small innovative lorries. Any comment on this?

  21. Sandeep Kr Singhal

    Great mind have been invested to bring out this concept on the desk…

  22. Venkataragavan K Naranyanswamy

    Awesome!

  23. useful forever

  24. Shradha Bagaria

    Really happy to know that people think of such ideas and work towards them… :)

  25. Sajjad Hameed Siddiquee

    Innovative.

  26. Manoj Deshmukh

    super duper!

  27. Vamshidhar Beera

    I need one..samsaara bharam moyadaniki..hh.

  28. Fantastic.

  29. simple thing essential for innovation…….

  30. This is really heartening to see such a simple yet powerful innovation capable of effecting lives across the globe……i m willing to invest my time and energy in to this!

  31. Really innovative! I like it. it is a effective. I want to know that who has made it/resource person please.

  32. I am very happy that khemji bhai's idea of panihari which was taken up for value addition at NID through gian and nif;s grids has been taken so much forward by prof Panchal, keep it up, we are happy that these problems are getting attention fo designers at long last.

    • Very nice innovation…It's very helpful for Construction site..

    • They should make a heavy duty version for the coolies in Shimla — it was always frightening to see those men carrying all kinds of huge loads.

    • This is very good indeed sir. Brig Ganesh Pogula had pointed out a number of issues with the existing design and this seems to have tacked a number of them, successfully..!

    • excellent innovative,I like it.

  33. Innovation doesn't have to be complicated; it can be as simple as this..

  34. Simple as well as elegant design…beyond expectations.

  35. Shekhar Shetty

    ya..it looks simple…

  36. Prasath Thirukonda

    WOW! Simple design

  37. All cheers to you Vikram dhinubhai Panchal…. I simply have no words to praise your Genius.

  38. Just Awesome

  39. Good Work!

  40. Guess not we should make it available Easily , so that people can use it.

  41. Sarath Babu R H

    Gr8 Idea!

  42. great design…

  43. great, the best I have seen of an Indian design.

  44. Cool design for a lady…

  45. Pradeep Nimmagadda

    nICE iNnovation..Very helpful.. Simple nd Awesome.

  46. Shereena P Joy

    gud one :)

  47. I want one. where do I place an order for it. can it be delivered at iit delhi? I'd like 1vwith bigger wheels though…

  48. Most suitable to Indian working conditions, need based innovation in material handling/lifting system at minimum cost, certainly to be admired & welcome by Indian labors as a convenient equipment.

  49. wow! love it.

  50. I am not sure how this is innovative, but respect for the initiative to put all the features of External Frame Backpack together with trolley. Respect from Pakistan.

  51. I like it!

  52. Durlav Dhadumia

    really great work..simple and quite effective…

  53. Another simple yet effective invention…Kudos!

  54. Pradeep Chaudhary

    That's just great. just imagine how this will change the life of labors.

  55. Gajanan Gambhire

    Awesome…Very simple and mind blowing.

  56. Prashant Patil

    nice innovation.. simple but very worthy.

  57. coming to airports near you!

  58. Arunachalam Thirumoorthy

    Really good n simple.

  59. Great thinking, needed badly especially in the hills! The point is when do we see it hitting the market? When does this Rs 300/- thing become visible on the roads being used by those in need?

  60. Tushar Mhawarkar

    that's a great design, will help a lot to the workers at construction sites.

  61. awesome…best things in are world are always simple and efficient.

  62. really a wonderful job.

  63. Sonal A. Usgaonker

    this is very similar to a dolly we use at school to lift classroom furniture; comes in pretty handy. Great innovation!

  64. Great Innovation! Simple and effective.

  65. Anuradha Mulkar

    amazing….

  66. Santhosh Kumar Mh

    simple nd nice, I think construction people shuld make use of it..

  67. Samriddhi Sengupta

    Truly amazing! Why didn't we think of this before! Kudos @Vikram Dinubhai Panchal!

  68. "Mathyawarche jadd zaleyyyyyy oozheee"…..arey maag heee pushcart vapra….zakhasss..VCs r u listening?

  69. Yvette van Keulen

    Briljant!

  70. We see a lot of innovations coming out of India, however most of them hit a bottle neck, when it comes to commercialization. A brilliant effort, nevertheless!

  71. nice idea it helps the poor people http://smahkin.blogspot.com/

  72. Carolyn Ray Weinhold

    That will work great in Africa.

  73. Singh Pushpinder

    exhibition of brilliance.

  74. Akshat Upadhyay

    Scuh a goodwork! But it il surely have issues with wheel size. Whatsoever its a masterpiece.

  75. just superb , I hope it reaches to people who can use it on daily basis.

  76. The Reeeaaaallll Innovation.. Hats off.. abundance of talent in India but what about support and encouragement for them?

  77. Jelumalai Jayaraman

    Simple & More Usable!

  78. Defnitely a Lifesaver.

  79. brilliant.

  80. Real nice! Hope it becomes a reality – though slightly bigger wheels may be better.

  81. Excellent talent! "Lifesaver" for many people around the world! Rated -AAA +++++.

  82. aka The External Frame Pack… It's a nicely designed one, but its funny how "Old" is "New". Mine is 40 years old, made of aluminum, has the wheels but not the overhead, and the bottom folds out of the way when you need to store it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backpack#External_frame_packs

  83. Roberto Mutigli

    Avanti.

  84. Michael McDonald

    If you think this is great, check out "Eye In The Sky Screener!"

  85. Shridhar Hegde

    good :)

  86. This is awesome! Truly wonderful idea. But, I still doubt how this will change the conventional mindset of people.

  87. Saurav Kaintura

    its awesome………………….

  88. Needs bigger wheels and field trial.

  89. Simple + Brilliant.

  90. Simply awesome!

  91. nice, very good product.

  92. Mobile Locator Software

    This is really the best design. It is cheap so a laborer can easily buy it and make his life much easier than before.

  93. The great example of “Thinking out of the box”.

  94. Saurabh Mukhekar

    Really nice, very happy to see that somebody also trying to boom our farmville and others.

  95. R Durga Sekhar

    Best product for labor and better one for poor indian school kids… Change india, change parents perceptions.

  96. R Durga Sekhar

    Best product for labor and better one for poor indian school kids… Change india, change parents perceptions.

  97. R Durga Sekhar

    Best product for labor and better one for poor indian school kids… Change india, change parents perceptions.

  98. R Durga Sekhar

    Best product for labor and better one for poor indian school kids… Change india, change parents perceptions.

  99. R Durga Sekhar

    Best product for labor and better one for poor indian school kids… Change india, change parents perceptions.

  100. R Durga Sekhar

    Best product for labor and better one for poor indian school kids… Change india, change parents perceptions.

  101. R Durga Sekhar

    Best product for labor and better one for poor indian school kids… Change india, change parents perceptions.

  102. R Durga Sekhar

    Best product for labor and better one for poor indian school kids… Change india, change parents perceptions.

  103. Amazing. Our school kids may have a use for this!

  104. no doubt excellent & most creative things are so simple…

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