The Bengaluru campus of Indian Institute of Management saw many tech-based innovations being showcased by students from across the country under the 7th edition of Texas Instruments India Innovation Challenge Design contest last week.
A platform for students who aspire to make a difference with their innovative ideas, the competition witnessed a display of scientific creativity explored by young ignited minds.
Innovations ranging from wireless tracking army jackets that can detect a soldier’s location to a device for rating sleep quality and detection of body anomalies, these are just to name a few.
“Our project will help track Armymen even at remote locations. The jacket with sensors will give real-time monitoring of location, altitude, body parameters and even bullet injuries,” a participant from Watumull Institute of Electronic Engineering and Computer Technology, Mumbai, told TOI.
Another innovation included a mini waste-segregation unit that operated through solar energy that was conceived by the students from SDM Institute of Technology in Ujire. “Our device has electromagnetic coils that can trap metal waste. We have used air blowers to segregate dry waste from wet waste, which will get collected in the bin,” Chaitra S, one of the participants, said.
A chemical analytical device assembled by a team of students from the city-based CMR Institute of Technology that had the ability of detecting the presence of pesticides and industrial effluents found appreciation for its unique mechanism of functioning.
“Through molecular diagnosis technique, our device will be able to detect pesticides in eatables or hazardous metals in water,” Vandana C, one of the team members, explained.
While teams from IIT Kharagpur and Dream Institute of Technology, West Bengal, bagged the first and second runner-up positions respectively, it was Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology College, Coimbatore, that was awarded the Chairman’s Award for the best innovative product.
Amid others ideas, a hand-wearable technology for assisting pregnant women and a smart automobile safety system catering semi-autonomous parking stood out for their exceptional ideas.
The 2016 edition of the contest saw a massive participation of 11,000 engineering students from over 600 colleges across the country. Top 10 ideas will be incubated at Nadathur S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) at IIM-B and each of these teams will be awarded ₹2 crore from the government of India.
During the 10-month long challenge period, each of the participants underwent an intense mentoring programme from IIMB and TI or Texas Instruments, which is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company that develops analog ICs and embedded processors.
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