American Dream In Russian: Who Will Win In The "Idea For A Million"

American Dream In Russian: Who Will Win In The "Idea For A Million"
American Dream In Russian: Who Will Win In The "Idea For A Million"

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"Idea for a Million" is a new television show, the first episode of which will be aired on the NTV channel on 12 December. The program itself can, to some extent, be called a startup to which it is dedicated. This project has no analogues - it was invented and implemented by Vnesheconombank and NTV, and not bought by a franchise from Western colleagues, as is often the case on domestic TV. “Idea for a Million” was launched in a relatively tight timeframe by television standards - a year passed from the idea to the end of filming.

The essence can be described in one sentence: this is a talent show, only it is not singers or dancers who compete here, but the founders of startups. “A show in which thoughts turn into money,” the creators say about it. Out of 500 applications, a jury of industrialists, businessmen and financiers selected 35 most promising and interesting. For two weeks, the participants will fight with each other for the right to reach the final, where their number will be reduced to seven - and it is this seven that will compete for the main prizes: 15, 20 and 25 million rubles. Hopefully, after the first season, there will be a second and a third.

presents three projects that can reach the final part of the show.


Alexander Atamanov's Hoversurf company can be called one of the most famous on the show. In February, the whole world wrote about her, from Russian publications (including us) to The Verge and Engadget. Then the noise was made by the Scorpion 3 - a working prototype of a flying sports "motorcycle". On "The idea of a million" Atamanov come with another project: a full-fledged five-seater flying car Formula. According to Alexander, this is the closest project to traditional machines on the market. “You open the door, put the children in the back seat, sit down, start the engine - and go ahead. The only difference is that the hoverakar will move through the air,”explains Atamanov.

Главное опасение, которое вызывал у всех Scorpion 3, касалось безопасности. Винты, удерживавшие ховербайк в воздухе, располагались слишком близко к пилоту и вполне могли перерубить ему ноги в непредвиденной ситуации.

Formula is built on a different principle: instead of traditional propellers, they use a slightly redesigned Venturi turbine, which, according to the creators, has no analogues in the world. This made the flying car much safer (and also quiet) - after all, the majority of accidents among other prototypes are associated with the failure of unreliable propellers. In addition, Formula systems operate independently of each other. Even if half of the working turbines fail in the air at the same time, the Hovercar can safely land on the ground. Formula will successfully land in the event of a wing breakage, but in extreme cases, the machine has a complex parachute system.



Some technical characteristics: Formula is powered by electricity and will be able to fly non-stop up to 450 km / h on a single battery charge. The maximum speed of the car is 320 km / h. The first Formula prototypes will begin testing in mid-2018.

Until then, the Hoversurf team will most likely be actively pursuing Scorpion 3. Despite the decent cost of $ 60,000, there are already pre-orders for the hoverbike, and the Dubai police are thinking about taking flying motorcycles into service. Given this attention, Hoversurf has a real chance of winning and the opportunity to become a real "Russian Tesla ".


By the age of 10, American Hugh Herr was considered one of the most promising climbers in the United States - but his career ended after seven years. During one of the ascents, he was stuck in the icy mountains for three days, received terrible frostbite and lost both legs. This did not break Guerr - without becoming an outstanding climber, he became an outstanding scientist and inventor. Dreaming of developing perfect prostheses that would allow him to return to the mountains, Herr enters first at the University of Millersville, then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and receives a doctorate at Harvard. And, having received funding, opens a bionics laboratory at MIT.

In 2014 at the TED conference, Herr presented his developments to the general public, touching the whole world. Hugh entered the stage wearing unique prostheses that mimic the workings of human legs with amazing accuracy. The scientist could walk, jump, run and even dance almost like a healthy person.

Unfortunately, Guerra's story is exceptional - investors are wary of investing in medical equipment. However, according to Ilya Chekh, it is realistic to build a laboratory in Russia, similar to the one currently working at MIT. “It’s just a matter of financing and whether the state needs it - business will most likely not finance such projects - the market is too small,” emphasized the founder and CEO of the Motorika project. His brainchild may not have such a touching and powerful history, but in the future it can make life easier for people no less than the prostheses of the great American.

Motorika makes unique traction prostheses for children. Such prostheses work due to the movements of the hand itself - they do not have electronics, but they allow the child to make grasping movements with a hand and hold objects - the only thing, he must have certain muscles of the arm or joint. There are no such projects on the market, even abroad.

For adults, "Motorica" develops more complex bioelectric prostheses - they catch muscle movements and, as it were, "complete" the arm, more fully returning its functionality.

"Motorica" ​​is not only engaged in the production and sale of prostheses themselves: a person still needs to be taught how to use the device. For this, Ilya's colleagues have developed a rehabilitation program that is mandatory for all owners of Motorica prostheses. This includes massages, exercises on special simulators, classes with a psychologist - in general, everything that will help you quickly adapt to life with a prosthesis.

Each detail of the prosthesis is created individually for each person. For this, three-dimensional printing is used: the Motorica team creates a model of the injured hand from photographs, and then prints it on industrial 3D printers. So it is possible not only to produce prostheses of any complexity and shape, but also to reduce the cost of production.

Motorika needs money for scaling. After all, according to Ilya, limb prosthetics is just the beginning. The global goal of the company is to launch the era of cyberization of humanity: to make bioimplants, skeletal complexes, artificial organs an everyday reality.

The host of the show Sergei Malozemov during the filming of the program
The host of the show Sergei Malozemov during the filming of the program

The host of the show Sergei Malozemov during the filming of the program © press service


UnaWheel is another "medical" project, in many respects simpler than "Motorica", but certainly no less promising. It was invented by Nikolai Yudin, who, at the age of 33, managed to get three higher educations (medical, economic, technical, and the fourth, psychological, he is receiving right now) and work on the creation of electric transport - and it was this experience that was most useful when creating UnaWheel.

The essence of UnaWheel is simple: it is a "attachment" with a wheel that turns any "mechanical" wheelchair, no matter how basic or active, into a motorized one. The device is attached to the front, controlled from the steering wheel, and therefore the whole structure begins to resemble a three-wheeled scooter.

Before getting into the project, UnaWheel released the first version of the set-top box - and even now you can buy it on the company's website. On "The idea of a million," Nicholas came with a new, almost completely revised version - UnaWheel the Mini. It is modular: part of the Mini is permanently attached to the stroller, while the other part can be removed and stowed away in a special cover. This concept made it possible to significantly lighten the attachment - it weighs only 5.3 kg versus 13 kg for the "large version".


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UnaWheel runs on batteries that charge like a smartphone (in the large version they are removable) - from a regular 220 volt network. The charge of one battery will last for 15 km - in urban conditions even an absolutely healthy person sometimes does not cover this distance.

The body of the set-top box is made of aluminum, but withstands a weight of up to 120 kg. UnaWheel are also adapted to Russian realities - they calmly drive through the snow and are not afraid of slush. In addition, tires can be changed on the wheels, and with the help of special electronic insoles powered by UnaWheel batteries, it is easy to turn on the heated feet.

The UnaWheel team has an expert who has been using the stroller for 18 years - he is always the first to test prototypes of the device, which is important because a person who cannot feel their legs may feel and control the stroller differently.

Considering that UnaWheel had developed, created and released a commercial version of the set-top box even before the project, the show's experts may well give Nikolai Yudin's team one of the prizes.>

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