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Novel concepts on display at VJTI’s fest from today

mumbai Updated: Feb 03, 2012 01:06 IST
Bhavya Dore
Bhavya Dore
Hindustan Times
Bhavya Dore

It has been a staple of comics and cartoons, and now it will come to life at a college festival. A Rube Goldberg device, or an over-engineered contraption, which you see in Tom and Jerry cartoon will be on display at Technovanza, the annual technology festival at the Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) in Matunga, which starts on Friday.

“The contraption involves the basic conversion of energy,” said Chiranjeev Anand, 20, a member of the group of 14 who laboured for a month over the contraption. “We wanted to go bigger this year. Children will be very attracted to this sort of thing.”

Exhibits range from a helmet that transmits radio waves to the bike, ensuring the bike does not move unless the rider has worn the helmet to design plans for an underwater city and a zero-energy city.

A device configured to capture images of mathematical expressions and then provide the answer is another of the displays. The application designed by students has been equipped with character recognition to configure the image and then through code processing to calculate and give the answer.

“Sometimes you don’t want to type it all out on a calculator, so this would be useful then,” said Parita Pooj, one of the group members who designed the app.

The three-day festival will also feature talks, workshops, competitions and performances at night. This is the 11th

edition of the festival, with the institute entering its 125th year. “The events and exhibits are greater in number and scale this year,” said Apoorva Dubey, 20, media executive for Technovanza 2012.

(Technovanza will be open to public from 9am-6pm from Friday to Sunday.)