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    Every day thousands of projects emerge in various fields. Prior to their practical implementation and commercial success, they reach just a handful of people. An innovative platform called the StartUpShow showcases dozens of innovative projects each month of young Russians. Sputnik selected five Russian projects which look promising in the future.

    The mobile app ‘SpeakUs’ is a live translator which deals with the language barrier almost anywhere in the world. It enables the person to find a translator in just under a minute.

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    Startup SpeakUs by Ruslan Musin
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    Startup SpeakUs by Ruslan Musin

    “The idea of creating an application occurred when my brother was faced with language barrier during business negotiations in Sweden. In just a month since the launch of the app it was downloaded more than 2,500 times,” one of the creators of the app, Ruslan Musin, told Sputnik.

    He further said that the service has more than fifty professionals who translate text online into 16 different languages.

    ‘Widly’ is an application for those who engage in such sports, in which wind direction and strength is important. Mikhail Askelroda not only monitors the weather anywhere in the world, but has also formed a community platform.

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    Widly Startup

    “Around each spot (location on map) there appears chat in which like-minded people exchange instant messages. Weather and wind is like an excuse to talk,” Mikhail said.

    Apple and Android users can download Widly for free on their devices. The application has become popular in Western Europe and the United States. There are about 140 thousand downloads already.

    Sailors, fishermen, cyclists and golfers are some of the people who download this app. “We are confident that in case of our project the wind is blowing us towards Forbes,” the developer said jokingly.

    ‘KidsDevar’ is the world's first printing of books with ‘augmented reality’. Developer Sergei Semenov said, “Reading books is a segment that has become an ideal choice for implementing our previously developed technology.”

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    Startup KidsDevar by Sergey Semenov
    Startup KidsDevar
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    Startup KidsDevar

    “There is magic in coloring. A child paints a picture and then with the help of a special program scans it to a smartphone or tablet and the image comes to life in three dimensions. In one year nearly a million ‘magic’ books have been sold with orders coming in from abroad.

    ‘MineGenics’ is a startup by a team of biotechnologists headed by Amina Ibragimova. They have developed a new and effective method to diagnose calcification (the deposition of salts in the cardiovascular system).

    Startup MineGenics by Amina Ibragimova
    Startup MineGenics by Amina Ibragimova

    The technology consists of a set of biomarkers and a special program which will provide guidance to doctors to assist them in compiling personal treatment plans. “Our system uses methods which is characterized by its relatively low cost and are used in many scientific and medical centers,” Ibragimova said.

    In 2015, the initiative received the status of a ‘resident’ in Skolkovo innovation center.

    'Lumidrops' are autonomous LED modules which can work 12 hours per day for up to 5 years using minimal power.

    The two Russians behind this innovation are Timofei Rakin and Sergey Kachin who have created a way to illuminate a room without using electricity.

    The retail price for a single diode is $2.99 or 200 rubles. “LumiDrops give a soft dim light with three to five pieces enough to illuminate a bathroom,” Timofei Rakin told Sputnik.

    The project developers have predicted a 150% profit output within the next two years.

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