Imagine a wheelchair that moves on your instruction or through the movements of eyes! Or think of a situation when you are desperately looking for an autorickshaw, and the problem gets solved with just an SMS.
These are among the six innovative projects coming from engineering students in Kerala for incubation at the Startup village in Kochi, a pubic-private partnership telocom business incubator.
The projects were selected for further development after a talent hunt jointly held by Startup Village and the Kerala Chapter of IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc). “We selected these projects not only for their innovativeness but also for their usefulness for the masses,” said Sanjay Vijayakumar, chairman of the governing board of Startup Village.
Last year, ComSoc had provided support to eight innovative projects.
Conceived by five students of Sahrdaya College of Engineering Technology, Kodakara in Thrissur, the ‘Intelligent Wheelchair’ can be operated through eye movements, voice or a lever so that even a physically-challenged, dumb or blind person can operate it. Sensors to detect hazards, SMS alerts to get connected with the patient and a device to monitor physiological conditions and inform the doctor are other smart options.
‘Smartmotive’, developed by students of Government Engineering College, Thrissur, is a standing wheelchair that helps a paralysed person to stand up from the seating position. Since its every movement is controlled by retinal movements or facial commands or sound, it can be operated by people suffering from any kind of paralysis.
Another project is the ‘SMS Vehicle Locating Solution’, which will save passengers from the ordeal of endless waiting to hire an autorickshaw. The solution by a team from College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram, aims to eliminate the need to wait as commuters can send SMS alerts to auto drivers pinpointing their location in plain text as well as an identifiable landmark location code to the designated number. All auto rickshaw drivers operating in the area will be notified with the fare details. While the current solutions require the use of smart phones and global positioning systems, the proposed system is designed to function on basic feature phones that support SMS functionality.
Scientifically Trained Arm-Robotic Kinesis (STARK), proposed by a group of students of Mar Baselios College of Engineering and Technology, is a battery-powered, lightweight exoskeletal framework of an arm to provide support, or to enhance the physical capabilities of the wearer.
Among others is Project Haritha (hybrid automated remote irrigation technique for agriculture), which is a user-friendly automated solar powered irrigation system for home gardens. The idea was mooted by the students of Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram.