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Water-Less Bathing & ‘Intelligent’ Limbs: IIT-D’s Open House Throws Up Host of Innovations!

From a bio-degradable nasal filter to a solvent system that converts agro-waste into pulp, the recently-held IIT Delhi Open House showcased awesome tech innovations developed by students.

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The Open House of the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D), which is held on its premises, is an annual one-day event dedicated to exhibiting path-breaking research work and student-led product development projects.

The 14th edition of the Open House kicked off on 21st April with an inaugural lecture to inspire hundreds of students who were present, and allow them to get a feel of the scientific temperament of this wonderful institution.

“The Open House serves a real treat to the eyes of the connoisseurs by presenting finest of the projects to technology enthusiasts, students and colleagues from other technical Institutes, school children, industries and the general public,” stated the official IIT-D website.

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The engineering institution also opened its laboratories to the public, students and industry on this occasion.

Apart from talks conducted on 5D technology and Artificial Intelligence, the public was also treated to an exhibition on innovative products and equipment. Around 50 innovative products, both software and hardware were on display.

Some of the outstanding innovations that garnered the maximum interest were as follows:

1) Flexmotiv

Devised by Srinivas Adepu and Arvind SA, Flexmotiv is a special crutch to ease walking for the disabled and has no medical side-effects.

An article published about Flexmotiv on the IIT-D website quoted Arvind speaking about the crutch. He said, “There are several serious side effects from using a traditional crutch like deformation of the body, nerve damage, and crutch palsy. We took all this into account and re-designed a crutch that reduces energy usage and mitigates the side effects.”

2) OnBoard

The brainchild of M Balakrishnan, a Professor of Computer Science in IIT-D, this device enables visually challenged people to safely board public buses without any external help.

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Professor M Balakrishnan at the IIT-D Open House Seminar. Photo Source – Facebook.

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It is basically a handheld radio frequency-based system that announces bus route numbers and guides users to the bus door. The user may press one button to hear the route number, and another to select it. The ‘select’ button will activate a speaker fitted near the bus door to help the user board by following a voice. It can be adapted to be used in trams, trains and metros.

3) A Solvent System that transforms agro waste into pulp

Kriya Labs, an IIT-D start-up founded by Ankur Kumar, who is an alumnus of the institute, has developed a non-volatile and biodegradable solvent system that converts crop residues (such as rice straw) into value-added products.

This will help farmers earn additional profits from farm waste (that is typically set on fire in the farms of Punjab and Haryana) and will also improve the air quality of the region.

4) “Intelligent” Prosthetic Limb

This invention by IIT-D student Ashutosh Tiwari allows knee joint movement similar to real legs—something which conventional prosthetics are unable to do. Low-cost and durable, these prosthetics use shoes equipped with smart-sensing to adapt to an individual’s movement.

5) Nasofilter

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This is a use-and-throw biodegradable nasal filter meant to protect users from air pollution (including PM 10 and PM 2.5 particles) and prevent respiratory diseases. Priced at Rs 10, these filters stick to the user’s nasal orifice and restrict foreign particulate matter from entering the body. The start-up dealing in this product is Prateek Sharma’s Nanoclean Global Pvt Ltd, which was incubated at IIT-D.

6.) Water-less Bathing

The founder of Clensta (a biotech start-up incubated by IIT Delhi) Puneet Gupta showcased a product for waterless bathing that can address the needs of patients, travellers, trekkers and personnel of the armed forces in water-scarce areas. The safe and stable product does not just take away dirt, dust and odour, it also maintains the Ph of the skin and keeps it moisturised.

Read more about this start-up here.

(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)


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