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IIT’s designs to make your life simpler

A social network for farmers, malaria trackers, and a bed that becomes a work table as well as sofa: these are some of the innovations that will be showcased at the Design Degree Show.

mumbai Updated: Jun 25, 2012 00:46 IST
Kiran Wadhwa

A social network for farmers, malaria trackers, and a bed that becomes a work table as well as sofa: these are some of the innovations that will be showcased at the Design Degree Show. Hosted by the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) of the Indian Institute of Technology -Bombay (IIT-B), the annual event exhibits the creations of the graduating batch of students.

“We have interesting collaborations where students have teamed up with foreign companies and universities, especially in the automobile sector. The design solutions have been created after an in-depth study of the Indian user,” said GG Ray, head of IDC. The show will be held on June 30 and July 1 at Nehru Centre at Worli.

Designs from four streams — industrial design, visual communication, interaction design, animation and film design and mobility and vehicle design will be showcased. A few of these deigns have already won national and international awards.

Sanjukta Das, a final year student, has collaborated with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. “While we did our field work here, we worked with the technical and research team there to develop the concept,” said Das, who has done a project on social media to bring together disappearing communities.

IDC will also host Abhikalpana - National Design Innovation Conference on June 26 and 27, which will look at innovation as a process driven by gamut of disciplines including management, engineering and design.

Standardising mobile bills
Project by: Konark Ashara
India has 584.32 million mobile users. Every company has their own bill design. The aim of the project was to design a standardised bill for all service providers. The project intends to visualise bills with graphic support to make decoding information easier. This bill will feature the most frequently called number, Internet usage and value-added services. The information will be visualised using graphics for easy comprehension. It will also be adapted for tablets.

Transformable furniture
Project by: Ibynta Tiewsoh
The project is is all about having more despite owning less. Getting the most out of one piece of furniture was the main aim of the project. Transformable furniture would allow an individual to manipulate the product according to his or her requirements. It will also bring about a visual change, That is appealing and would change the layout of the room.

Social network for agriculture: Sarv-Samridhhi
Project by: Vidhya Appu
The project aims to explore the impact of social media on agriculture. The focus was on creating a diagnostic tool to help farmers detect problems in their crops, connect them with other farmers with similar problems and contact vendors for solutions. Sarv-Samridhhi (prosperity for all) is an interface which helps farmers reach a diagnosis on diseases that might have infected their crop. The interface also proposes a community screen on which farmers can watch videos.

Puppetrix: An interactive tangible tabletop
Project by: Rahul Motiyar
Puppetrix is an educational tool for schools which enables children to play and learn with different sets of toys using animation. Children can create their own set of toys by choosing characters from the printed character dictionary. Children can place the toys on the screen and corresponding animated elements appear on the screen. The user can create a narrative through an animated story wrapped around the interplay of these toys.

Redesign of Mumbai suburban railway indicator
Project by: Deepali Karanjavkar
The project aims at redesigning Mumbai suburban railway indicators for effective communication with regular commuters as well as new travellers. Commuter studies revealed that people face issues such as missing trains, missing platforms and bad signage. The project also studied railway indicators in other Indian cities and foreign countries. Based on the findings, the project focused on improving the Devanagari typeface and visual display of the indicator.

Redesigning classroom furniture
Project by: Keith D’Souza
The project aims to cater to government schools. The project was undertaken after analysing the habits and behavioural patterns of students and the kinds of problems they face with benches in the classroom. The design tries to resolve one of the basic problems faced in school furniture, both sitting and standing within the bench. As there is little contact with the floor, cleaning the classroom becomes easier. Parts have been designed keeping in mind easy assembly and servicing.