Malima: Episode #8: Aspiring for better TV viewng and smarter painting

Malima (New Directions in Innovation) is a Sinhala language TV series on science, technology and innovation. This episode was produced and first broadcast by Sri Lanka’s Rupavahini TV channel on 24 May 2012.

Malima: Episode 8 presented by Nalaka Gunawardene from Nalaka Gunawardene on Vimeo.

Produced by Suminda Thilakasena and hosted by science writer Nalaka Gunawardene, this episode features three stories:

• An interview with Asanka Jayamal Rajakaruna, who has developed a concept for a more realistic TV screen. Named Multiplex Optical Macrocosm for Parallax Replicated Observation, and abbreviated as MOMPRO, it has been demonstrated at prototype level. The inventor is now looking for an investor to commercialise this idea which he says can revolutionise TV and video industries.

• There are less than 700 mountain gorillas left in the wild, most of them in the in the area surrounding the Virunga National Park in Democratic Republic of Congo. These endangered Mountain Gorillas population are getting a helping hand from a fuel-efficient ‘Jiko’ stove. Partnering with local group AIDE-Kivu, the UK charity Gorilla Organization launched the fuel-efficient stove in 2008, reducing the consumption of firewood and charcoal by at least 75 per cent – reducing pressure on the forest.

• An interview with young inventor Gayathra Amodh Dharmaratna, a student of Ananda College, Colombo. He has invented an air pressure-operated painting device which ‘extends’ the reach of a painter up to 10 m or 35 ft. It can be used to uniformly paint 100 square feet in 20 minutes, and saves paint, time and effort. Having already won a junior inventor award for this, he has now applied for a Lankan patent.

Produced by Suminda Thilakasena

Author: Nalaka Gunawardene

A science writer by training, I've worked as a journalist and communication specialist across Asia for 30+ years. During this time, I have variously been a news reporter, feature writer, radio presenter, TV quizmaster, documentary film producer, foreign correspondent and journalist trainer. I continue to juggle some of these roles, while also blogging and tweeting and column writing.

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