Worried That You Might Have Left the Gas On? New Robotic Sensor Can Detect Leaks!
'Suraksha Ma', an invention by students, is a breakthrough in home safety.
Leaving the gas cylinder on, and smelling the house full of gas, is the stuff of nightmares. Sometimes, a leak isn’t detected—till someone lights a match, and it is too late.
Now, thanks to Shravani Reddy of Class 11 and Purushottam N of Class 9, from Government High School, Uttarahalli, you can rest easy. Their invention, Suraksha Ma, is a robotic sensor that can turn off an LPG cylinder in case of a leak.
One of the many projects displayed at the Dayanand Sagar Talent Search 2017, the device has a sensor that identifies the presence of gas. It then sets off a buzzer and LED flashlights to warn people. A servomotor, attachable to the regulator, simultaneously plugs the leak. All it takes is a few seconds.
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The students are siblings and have invented other brilliant contraptions as well. Shravani worked in an Atal Tinkering Lab for six months, and, along with friends, came up with a blind eye sensor for the visually impaired, a flood detector, a smart irrigation system, and a heartbeat sensor. With her latest intervention, Shravani aims to keep everyone safe from gas leaks.
This is indeed a timely project. Speaking to the Times of India, she said, “There have been several gas leak cases, some of which have led to building collapse. When we collected data, 82% of victims were found to be women. The realisation that our mothers who work with gas cylinders are always at risk gave birth to the idea.”
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