The concept of “Jugaad innovation” is an Indian word which translates as “smartness” or “System D” and characterizes innovation in Indian. Ingenious, but inexpensive, a way of looking at progress, that in the context of the economic crisis, is seducing developing countries.
The Indian concept of frugal innovation has been theorized by French, Navi Radjou. born in Pont Tear (Dunkirk). According to him, Jugaad is an Indian word meaning the ingenious ability to improvise and find solutions in very difficult conditions.
Being resourceful with very little means, in India it is a philosophy that applies on the day to day to facilitate all areas of daily life: a padlock to lock his car, pulled by a steamroller tractor, a chopper which runs through a drill, a lift is a simple rope and an old scooter or a container that can carry 50 liters of water effortlessly. All these unusual and useful innovations are Jugaad.
Navi Radjou became the guru of frugal innovation. After his studies in Paris, he moved to the United States to meet the word Jugaad, because today this philosophy has conquered even the richest countries. Developed countries also have needs for sustainability, for example, because they are very greedy in energy consumption. Therefore, the need to “better me” is a universal need.
“Better with me,” this is the whole concept of frugal innovation. In France, an engineer (polytechnic) 39 years it was his credo. The latter died to tackle the problem of heat generated by computers; heat is lost when it could be used. Avoid waste, this is the Jugaad.
The heat generated by computers is found everywhere, in business offices, research institutions … for example in a 3D animation school, students need to continuously calculate their images, all data light, texture and movement are gathered in the computer. All these calculations are done in calculations rooms, where students work, which pose a real problem. Each classroom has 40 students and 40 computers; even if the heaters are all cut it is still 30 ° in these rooms. The proposed solution is to outsource the calculations, that is to say that computers are no longer in the classroom, which allows for different distance calculations to better manage the temperature inside the rooms. This is where the Jugaad spirit steps in.
The French engineer has devised a revolutionary object, out of a common radiator that uses the heat generated by computers for space heating, and this interested Navi Radjou. And when the engineer meets the guru of frugal innovation, practice meets theory.
Researchers or manufacturers need to make thousands of calculations, the micro-processor inside their computers running full speed and generating heat. The idea of the engineer is to place the microprocessor inside a radiator that can be found thousands of miles away to recover the wasted heat. A simple idea, but no one had it before him.
France is a big country of engineers, but not often a great ingenious country while emerging countries often have ingenuity but lack engineers. If we can combine this mindset engineer with this state of ingenuity is the miracle, the Jugaad.
The calculations are completely delocalized, people need to run calculations and when they will be launched that will heat homes that may be on the other side of the world. For example, 3D calculations made by someone in Chili, who made 3D calculations in Chile, these calculations could heat the apartment of someone in Paris.
The distance is not a problem because everything goes through internet. It is the business of the engineer who will manage the distribution of these calculations. It ensures that researchers can work on one side and users can have the heating on the other, and it is in one piece, control towers were everything is centralized.
This device radiator is now mainly deployed in enterprises or in communal buildings, but it should soon be available for individuals, it is already being tested in Parisian apartments. This system is financially attractive for the individual because he must pray the radiator, but he does not pay the electricity consumption for heating. This brilliant idea can snowball and avoid waste because, for now computers multinationals are concentrated in data centers were all this heat is lost.
Navi, this “invention Jugaad” is a solution for the future. In Paris, but also in Munich, Brussels and New Delhi, Navi Radjon has not finished answering the good word of frugal innovation.
Etudiant en Master 2 Commerce électronique à l’Université de Strasbourg, je suis passionné par le domaine du numérique, les innovations technologiques et le droit de l’internet.