Crutches with shock absorbers, bicycle-based cleaner, a mechanised walnut cracker and peeler — all simple, yet practical, innovations were showcased at the Innovation Exhibition that was inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil on Monday.
The second edition of the exhibition, held within the Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhawan, gives a platform to as many as four-dozen innovators, including about 10 children, to showcase their skills.
The exhibition has been organised by Ahmedabad-based National Innovation Foundation (www.nifindia.org).
New-age crutches to help the needy
The plight of a polio patient near his house moved Rakesh Patra, a first-year Fishery Science student of Gopalpur, Orissa to make the crutch. “While walking long distance, the folding seat can help a disabled to rest a while. The torch can be useful in the dark.”
The idea struck him when he was in Class 10 and now, 19, he has already applied for the patent of his resource.
Better than motorised water pump
Dearth of water pumps that a small farmer can afford, prompted N Sakthimainthan to work on a prototype for 15 years before he came up with the design. “By rotating a handle continuously, this water lifting device can be operated. It gives high discharge at a low cost compared to motorised pumps and conventional hand pumps,” the innovator from Tamil Nadu said.
Keeping in mind ‘travel with comfort’
“During annual trips to my granny’s place, waiting at the crowded railway platform, I always thought how wonderful it would be if my suitcase had a stand to sit, the Class 12 student of Ryan International School, Greater Noida, said.
Her idea resulted into her innovation that she developed. “I first drew sketches and then with the help of a local fabricator got this done in reality,” the 16-year-old, who has already applied for a patent, said.