5 Brilliant Tech Inventions by Indian College Students
Everyone dreams of changing the world and make a difference, especially college students. With grit and conviction, some of those dreams might become reality. The fact that every third person in an Indian city today is a youth makes us a cauldron of ideas and innovation. However, there are some intriguing minds in our country who didn’t curb their curiosity, instead, they spread their wings, embraced creativity and innovation and gave way to world-changing innovations.
Today we bring you a list of wonderful tech inventions by the young students of our country.
1. Energy-efficient Car
In March last year, a team of 15 students from the Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women surpassed every competition at the Shell Eco Marathon in Singapore with their energy-efficient vehicle.
Going by the parlance, “Team Panthera”, they were the only all-woman team from Asia. The team won the Perseverance and Spirit of the Event Award for their vehicle called Iris 2.0. The energy-deficient car is a three-wheeled vehicle with a mileage of 300 kmpl.
2. Solar Diya
Have you ever thought about how wonderful it would be to have a lamp, USB port and phone charge all rolled into one? And what if all of it could fit in your palm? Does it sound too good to be true? Well, IIT Bombay’s Sachin Kumar has the answer for you.
After three years of research, Kumar invented this solar device called, i-Diya. His idea was inspired by the need to find alternative options to electricity that does not use kerosene. Teaming up with his classmates, he formed Illumind Solartek in 2015, where they’re now manufacturing more of these devices.
3. Riderless Bicycle
Even as giants like Google and Apple are testing their self-driving cars on roads, inspired by their differently-abled batchmates, engineering students from IIT Kharagpur invented a riderless bicycle. In KPIT Sparkle 2016, an annual national design and development innovation contest for engineering and science students across India, these students exhibited the i-bike and took home the first prize. The autonomous steering is tailored to make the life of an amputee easy.
For example, If a person is an arm amputee, the autonomous steering would help him/her with the wheel chair or a tricycle or i-bike itself. If a person has lost his/her leg(s), then the autonomous drive would provide the required energy to move ahead while the person only steers the bicycle.
4. World’s Smallest Satellite
The listicle would be incomplete without talking about this invention. Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old from Karur in Tamil Nadu, was famous across social media platforms when he created history by inventing a 3D printed satellite that NASA sent into space.
The ‘KalamSat’, named after APJ Abdul Kalam, is the world’s smallest satellite – with a weight of 64grams.
5. Goggles for the Blind
Nothing is more beautiful than conflating innovation and science with altruism. And Anang Tadar, a Class XI student from Arunachal Pradesh, cogently relays this belief with his invention. Tadar has developed a pair of glasses to help the visually-impaired navigate “hands-free”.
Tadar’s goggles, referred to as G4B, use echolocation technology which emulates the way bats sense their surroundings – to alert visually-impaired wearers to objects within 2 metres of its field view.
According to reports, UNICEF has expressed interest in refining his prototype in order to make it ready for the market.
Some credible reports tell that by 2020, India will be the world’s youngest country. Even the government is leaving no stone unturned when it comes to encouraging innovation. So what are you waiting for? Break out of your shell and work on the idea you have been putting off – now is as good a time as any.