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The Tech Panda takes a look at recently launched gadgets & apps in the market.

EV: A new WhatsApp feature to offer hassle free charging for EV users

Charzer, an EV charging station aggregation platform, introduced a new Whatsapp feature to offer hassle free charging for EV users. This new feature aims to make EV charging more accessible and user-friendly, particularly for individuals who may find mobile applications challenging to operate.

Sameer Ranjan Jaiswal, CEO and Co-Founder, Charzer, said, “We are excited to launch this new Whatsapp feature that can make it much easier for our users to use our charging stations. At Charzer, our primary goal is to make charging stations easily accessible to all EV users. With this new feature, users can start charging their EVs without the need to download an additional app, making the process more accessible, particularly for individuals who are not tech-savvy.”

The Why

Charzer identified a significant challenge faced by fleet drivers, such as three-wheeler and cab drivers, who often encounter difficulties when operating new mobile applications. The need for extensive training and multiple rounds of instruction, along with frequent rotation of drivers, leads to instances where fleet managers or hub managers often take on the responsibility of initiating charging on behalf of the drivers. This diverts the attention of these managers from efficiently managing their fleets to managing the charging process.

Additionally, older individuals who rely on their children to make bookings and start charging have had to deal with this inconvenience. Recognizing the widespread use of WhatsApp across various age groups, Charzer’s solution simplifies the process by allowing anyone to start charging their EVs with just a simple “Hi” sent to 7829330410 on WhatsApp. Users can also message in Hindi, Telugu and Kannada as well. This feature also provides fleet managers with more time to focus on operational tasks and eliminates the need for constant coordination between managers and drivers for charging activities.


  • Start and Stop EV Chargers: Users can remotely initiate and halt their EV chargers via WhatsApp, offering an effortless and convenient method of charging control.
  • Monitor Charging: Real-time monitoring of charging progress provides users with a clear picture of their EV’s charging status, enhancing the overall charging experience.
  • Add Money to Wallet: Users can conveniently add funds to their wallet via WhatsApp, streamlining the payment process.
  • Raise a Complaint: A user-friendly complaint system allows customers to address any issues or concerns they may encounter during the charging process.
  • Request a Charger: Any EV fleet, apartment community, or offices can request for a charging station installation at zero upfront cost.

Diva Smartwatch

Crossbeats launched the Diva Smartwatch, specially crafted for women.

Archit Agarwal, Co-Founder of Crossbeats, expressed his enthusiasm on the launch of Diva Smartwatch, “Diva is not just a smartwatch; it’s an embodiment of grace and luxury. We’ve meticulously crafted it to be the perfect companion for every woman, combining elegant design with powerful features to cater to their diverse needs.”


  • Priced at INR 3,499, the smartwatch comes in two exquisite colours Rose Gold and Silver.
  • It boasts an elegant case design adorned with 46 precious stones and a premium metal finish.
  • Women can effortlessly make calls via Bluetooth using clear AAC 3W speakers, receive alerts, and notifications hassle-free.
  • They can stay active and maintain a healthy lifestyle by choosing from 100+ sports modes to keep fit and track progress.
  • The smartwatch offers 150+ customizable watch faces, allowing you to match your mood and style effortlessly.
  • Equipped with advanced biosensors, it monitors health, blood pressure, SpO2 levels, sleep patterns, and more.
  • The smartwatch ensures long-lasting performance with a battery life of up to 7 days and 25 days on standby.
  • It offers smart functionalities like weather forecasts, calendar access, music control, and NFC, all conveniently accessible from your wrist.
  • It supports voice assistants Siri and OK Google.

Cleantech: Prana Air Pocket Monitor

Purelogic Labs India, an initiative to increase awareness about air pollution in India, is launching an accurate and affordable pocket monitor for PM2.5 levels. Prana Air Pocket Monitor is a one of its kind monitors, allowing the user to measure air pollution values on the go (indoor or outdoor).

Rohit Bansal, Founder of Purelogic Labs states, “Air pollution is a worldwide problem where instant knowledge and awareness of the issue is needed. The Pocket Monitor allows any user from a novice to experienced level to quickly and in real-time check how the PM2.5 values are in their surroundings. Based on that, they can take action to protect themselves. The Pocket Monitor PM2.5 is a big step toward creating cleaner, safer, and healthier spaces for all of us.”


  • The smallest PM2.5 monitor has the WiFi connectivity feature to analyze the data on mobile app also android TV and web-dashboard.
  • With a 400 mAh lithium battery which will last for up to 3-4 hours without
  • a charge, it lets the user check the air anywhere and anytime.
  • It has a built-in, high-quality sensor to check PM2.5 values, meaning particles with a diameter less than 2.5 micrometers. These particles are dangerous to inhale, and the Pocket Monitor ensures that the user knows right away when the levels are too high.
  • One can easily download the AQI app on any ios and android smartphones, from the app store. Then go to My Device and select Pocket PM2.5 Monitor.
  • The monitor can be simply turned on by long pressing the on-button until a QR code appears on the screen. Scan the QR code or enter the device ID displayed on the device screen, fill in Wi-Fi details, allowing the monitor to boot and begin measuring the air. The PM2.5 values will show to the left while a category for the safety level will be showed on the right, ranging from Good to Hazardous.
  • With the high sensitivity of the sensor, it can detect particles count levels up to 999 µg/m3.
  • To calculate the particle count, the device uses a sophisticated laser sensor with an additional algorithm to give PM2.5 into ug/m3.
  • The monitor comes with a 5V DC/Type-C USB cable for charging, where a full charge takes no more than one hour.
  • The portable device can be used in any indoor or outdoor environment, such as in the home, in the office, or in the car.
  • The sensor measures in real-time which means it can move from place to place and constantly check the air quality levels.
  • Priced at Rs. 7990/-

IoT: IceBattery™ technology to address critical issues in cold chain logistics

Container Corporation of India Limited (CONCOR), a Navratna Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) under the Ministry of Railways, Government of India, is partnering with Japan-based “Innovation Thru Energy™” (ITE) to introduce IceBattery™ technology to the Indian market. CONCOR and ITE are jointly unveiling temperature-controlled 20-feet & 40-feet (20FT/40FT) containers coupled with advanced DX (Digital) platforms, addressing critical issues in cold chain logistics, including environmental concerns, food wastage, the absence of a robust medical cold chain, and rising logistics costs.

Pankaj Garg, Founder and CEO of ITE, said, “Our 20FT/40FT IceBattery-equipped containers revolutionize perishable transportation, making it more efficient and eco-friendly. By introducing IceBattery trucks and establishing a nationwide network of these vehicles and storage points, we aim to enhance food security, reduce wastage, and lower prices while significantly reducing CO2 emissions per shipment.”

The Why

As India pursues a “Multi-Modal Transport” strategy to enhance logistics efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions, the IceBattery system offers an adaptable solution for end-to-end cold chain logistics, even during terminal loading and unloading processes.

These containers are equipped with IoT devices for real-time tracking of cargo conditions, providing crucial data on location, temperature, humidity, unauthorized access, and more through a user-friendly smartphone interface.

The collaboration between ITE and CONCOR aims to minimize in-transit perishable wastage, reducing an estimated $14 billion in losses due to inefficiencies in India’s cold supply chain and last-mile deliveries. This initiative aims to connect various cold chain stakeholders and implement technology-driven solutions to address these inefficiencies.


  • Reduces energy consumption by 70~80%.
  • Maintains temperatures between 2°C~10°C and 70~90% humidity without active power, extending perishable shelf life.
  • While in operation 0% energy and 0% CO2 emission
  • Save 70~0% CO2 emission, Carbon offset. 
  • Leverages the latest cold chain innovations to optimize resources, with a 12-hour charge providing 72 hours of temperature maintenance.
  • Suitable for transporting perishable food items, non-food items, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and other healthcare products.
  • The integrated IceBattery® system in these containers ensures cold temperatures for over three days without electric power during transport, supporting a wide temperature range from -25 to +25 degrees Celsius. They also function as portable cold storage units, reducing power consumption by 50% in urban and rural areas, preventing food loss, pharmaceutical disposal, and improving product quality.
  • The IoT devices offer real-time tracking and cargo condition monitoring, providing information on temperature, humidity, location, shock, open close and vibration. CONCOR plans to use these containers for transporting fruits, vegetables, and perishables within the Indian Railways network.

Road safety: LED blinkers

Uno Minda, a supplier of Proprietary Automotive Solutions to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), launched a range of high-quality LED blinkers for two-wheelers with the aim of providing an effective solution for road safety concerns.

Anand Kumar, Head of Product & Strategy, Aftermarket Domain, Uno Minda Ltd., said, “Two-wheelers have a special place in the heart of Indians. We are now looking at a new trend where people are not only emotionally attached to their 2-wheelers but are vigilant enough about safety equipment while on the go, blinker maintenance being one. There used to be a time when many even chose to neglect getting their faulty blinkers changed but now we see that people are cautious enough and keep the blinkers in check. It is a reality that road accidents are largely caused by this negligence, particularly at night when people are unable to judge the direction of vehicles. Recently we have seen a rise in demand for LED blinkers in the aftermarket, all thanks to the riders looking to enhance their vehicle’s personality. However, due to the poor quality of LED indicators available, customers are looking to upgrade to a known brand only. To solve this particular problem in the aftermarket, we have designed a new range of LED blinkers which not only prioritize the safety of the rider but enhance the personality of the rider.”

The Why

There were over 4.6 lakh road accidents reported last year, out of which two-wheelers claimed the maximum number of deaths. Adherence to traffic laws and ensuring effective communication between pedestrians and drivers are non-negotiable for tackling the increasing challenges to road safety. LED indicators on bikes and scooters can play a decisive role in maintaining this safety by alerting drivers of their turning direction. Prioritizing this rising need for visibility, communication, and compliance, Uno Minda, launched the LED blinkers.


The superior illumination and the use of the highest quality materials offer a high degree of resistance to adverse weather and environmental conditions, as well as an above-average lifespan. Additionally, the brand offers a diverse range of LED blinkers tailored and customised as per preference. This means that whether one is looking for a sleek, minimalistic colour or a more elaborate option, Uno Minda has a blinker to match consumer needs while maintaining uniform brightness and clarity.

Uno Minda Bike LED Blinkers are available in all the leading online, offline retail, and Uno Minda stores, starting at MRP 211/- INR. They also come with a 1-year warranty from the date of manufacturing.

Home automation: URBAN Core Smart WiFi Powerhub Extension power stations

URBAN, a technology brand, has ventured into smart charging and home automation category with the introduction of URBAN Core Smart WiFi Powerhub Extension power stations.

Aashish Kumbhat, Co-Founder of URBAN, expressed, ” At URBAN, we’ve always believed technology should simplify and enhance lives.  URBAN Core Smart WiFi Powerhub is a perfect amalgamation of technology and utility.  This device can connect to WiFi and remotely control connected devices through an App from any part of the world. It is going to change the way people interact and charge their devices. This device represents our vision to expand and diversify the smart home product categories within the existing URBAN product portfolio. We are committed to delivering innovative solutions that enhance the quality of everyday life.”


  • Seamless Smart Connectivity: It seamlessly connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network, offering the ability to control and monitor appliances remotely through an intuitive mobile app.
  • Unparalleled Power Output: With a maximum power output of 4000 Watts and 6 amps, this extension plug can effortlessly handle high-energy-consuming devices.
  • Optimized Energy Consumption: With a focus on energy conservation, this WiFi Smart Plug empowers users to make informed decisions about their energy consumption, leading to cost savings and reduced environmental impact.
  • Extended Reach with a 2-Meter Power Cord: The Core Smart Power Hub features a lengthy two-meter power cord, ensuring flexibility in positioning and making it easy to reach appliances.
  • Versatile Compatibility: This smart extension plug is designed to be compatible with a wide range of appliances, including refrigerators, televisions, coffee machines, hair dryers, outdoor & indoor lights, fans, laptops, and various other electronic gadgets.
  • Swift Charging Capabilities: Equipped with a PD Type C Output and two fast-charging USB outputs, the extension plug ensures that gadgets and devices are always ready for action.
  • Smart Timer Technology: The Core Smart Power Hub incorporates innovative Smart Timer technology, enabling appliances like refrigerators to operate at the most energy-efficient times.
  • Voice Assistant Integration: The extension plug can seamlessly integrate with popular voice assistants, giving the user the ability to control devices with simple voice commands.
  • Comprehensive Monitoring: Through the dedicated mobile app, the user can closely monitor energy consumption, set timers, schedules, and receive real-time notifications.
  • Safety First: The Hub includes built-in smart circuit protection, ensuring the safety of appliances and providing peace of mind. It also comes with a child lock to prevent children from electrical shocks.
  • Secure Data Storage: The extension plug features encrypted data storage to safeguard information and ensure privacy remains protected.

Home automation: i-Secure 18 Wi-Fi video door phone

Goldmedal Electricals, a consumer electronic brand introduced the latest product on home security solution the i-Secure 18 Wi-Fi video door phone.

Bishan Jain, Director, Goldmedal Electricals, said, “At Goldmedal Electricals, we are committed to the safety of living spaces. The i-Secure 18 Wi-Fi Video Door Phone, equipped with advanced features for home safety and real-time monitoring, represents a pivotal step in this direction. With the launch of this advanced solution, we aim to enhance the security and overall well-being of homes.”

The Why

The global door phone market size to be valued at USD 5.1 billion by 2025 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% during the forecast period. Growing safety concerns in residential and commercial spaces due to the access of unauthorized persons is raising the demand for safety devices such as door phones. It not only increases home security but also offers great convenience when integrated with the access control system.


  • i-Secure 18 Wi-Fi Video Door Phone blends advanced surveillance capabilities with mobile phone compatibility. Equipped with high-resolution cameras, this device provides clear and detailed footage. Its motion detection technology alerts homeowners of any activity, ensuring vigilant monitoring. Additionally, this door phone can be controlled and accessed conveniently through smartphones.
  • Wi-Fi Door Phone – A Wi-Fi door phone is a device designed to see and communicate with the visitors at your door through your smartphone or other connected devices, regardless of your physical location.
  • Monitoring System –A system or device has the capability to monitor and observe an area, typically through the use of cameras or other surveillance equipment
  • No indoor unit – Install the Wi-Fi door phone kit and no need to install an indoor unit to talk to the visitor. Any person ringing the bell will be visible on your mobile phone and you can talk or verify the visitor through your phone itself
  • Separate Chime – A separate chime in a video door phone system, also known as a wireless chime or an external chime, is an additional component that can be paired with the main video doorbell unit. This separate chime serves as an auditory alert mechanism inside your home
  • This product is available both online and in retail stores at a price of Rs. 13300/-. The i-Secure 18 Wi-Fi Video Door Phone comes with a warranty of 12 months.

Manufacturing tech: PIC18-Q24 Family of Microcontrollers

To defend against current and ever-expanding security threats, Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) has launched the PIC18-Q24 Family of Microcontrollers (MCUs).

“System security is only as strong as its weakest link. Any programmable component can be vulnerable, and it is essential to implement enhanced protection features to prevent potential hacks,” said Greg Robinson, corporate vice president of Microchip’s 8-bit MCU business unit.

“The PIC18-Q24 family of MCUs from Microchip are designed with advanced security in the forefront, to help customers combat threats at the system’s foundation.”

The Why

More and more everyday items are connected to the cloud—from cell phones and vehicles to smart thermostats and home appliances. With this rise in connectivity, the need for advanced security measures at the chip level, protecting both firmware and data, is critical.


  • To counter the threat of maliciously reprogramming a device in an embedded system, PIC18-Q24 MCUs introduce the Programming and Debugging Interface Disable (PDID) feature. When enabled, this enhanced code protection feature is designed to lock out access to the programming/debugging interface and block unauthorized attempts to read, modify or erase firmware.
  • Because many secure systems often connect and communicate with a wide variety of sensors, memory chips and processors, the PIC18-Q24 MCUs feature Multi-Voltage I/O (MVIO). This feature eliminates the need for external level shifters and allows the MCUs to interface with digital inputs or outputs at different operating voltages.
  • In addition to reducing board complexity and Bill of Material (BOM) cost, MVIO makes PIC18-Q24 MCUs especially well-suited as system management processors, performing monitoring and telemetry for a larger processor. These seemingly routine tasks are typically most vulnerable to potential hackers as they try to gain access to embedded systems.
  • The PIC18-Q24 family is also enabled with the option to have an immutable bootloader for applications that want a secure way to upgrade firmware.

EV: inGO Flee 2.0

inGo Electric, a last-mile micro-mobility company, launched its latest Electric vehicle model inGO Flee 2.0.

Nikhil Gonsalves, CEO and Co-Founder, inGO Electric, said, “inGO was founded with an aim to offer an effective micro-mobility solution that helps people travel anywhere faster, safer and seamlessly. Our vision is to change the way we commute in urban cities where traffic congestion is a huge pain point. Our new model is a step in that direction. After an overwhelming response for our first model, we are excited to introduce inGO Flee 2.0. It offers a superior riding experience with utmost importance for rider comfort. inGO Flee 2.0 not just provides a mode of transport but an experience that prioritizes stability and ease of riding.”


  • Range: 50 Kms
  • Battery: 1kW, 48V, 23.2Ah
  • Peak Torque: 65 Nm
  • Suspension: 43mm Telescopic front, Heavy Duty Shocks at the rear
  • Dimensions: 1670 x 685 x 1200mm
  • Top Speed: 25 kmph
  • Charger & Time: 54.6V/6A – 4 Hours
  • Wheel Size: 10″x3.00″ (Front and Rear)
  • Max Payload: 50kgs on footboard, 25kgs on carrier
  • Ground Clearance: 149mm
  • Motor & Controller: 250W BLDC Hub Motor
  • Weight: 55 Kgs
  • Priced at Rs. 62,000/- onwards

EV: SP1F & SP3F power modules to be available with Press-Fit terminals for high-volume applications

The E-Mobility, sustainability and data center markets require products that are conducive to high-volume manufacturing. To better automate the installation process, Press-Fit terminals are often used because they offer a solder-free solution to mount power modules to the PCB. Microchip Technology (Nasdaq: MCHP) expanded its portfolio of SP1F and SP3F power modules to be available with Press-Fit terminals for high-volume applications.

“Our power modules with Press-Fit terminals offer customers the flexibility to fully customize their design and are cost-effective power solutions for high-volume production,” said Leon Gross, vice president of Microchip’s discrete products group. “This type of plug-and-play power solution also provides a highly reliable mounting solution for automated or robotic assembly.”


Solder-free Press-Fit power module terminals allow for automated or robotic installation, which simplifies and speeds up the assembly process to reduce manufacturing costs. The high accuracy of the terminal locations and the novel Press-Fit pin design in the SP1F and SP3F power modules enables high-reliability contact with the printed circuit card. Overall, a Press-Fit power module solution can save valuable time and production costs.

There are over 200 variants available in Microchip’s SP1F and SP3F power modules portfolio, with options to use mSiC ™ technology or Si semiconductors and an array of topologies and ratings. The SP1F and SP3F are offered in voltage range of 600V-1700V and up to 280A. With Press-Fit technology, the power module pins are not soldered to the PCB. Instead, the electrical connection is made by pressing the pins into properly sized PCB holes. A key advantage of a Press-Fit power module solution is it eliminates the need for wave soldering. This is especially important when the PCB is made to also include Surface-Mount Technology (SMT) components.

The highly configurable SP1F and SP3F power modules are fully compliant with the Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive (RoHS).


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