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Letting off steam, surveying the sea and carrying wardrobes

The winners of the Open House I2Tech 2011, an annual feature of IIT-Delhi, came up with some useful innovations

education Updated: Apr 27, 2011 09:29 IST
Garima Upadhyay

Last Saturday was a very long day for Manik Gaurav Vig and his team as they patiently answered questions from curious onlookers on the portable wardrobe they designed at the Open House I2Tech 2011, an exhibition featuring innovations by students at IIT-Delhi. Then it was time to celebrate when the project bagged the third prize. “It came as a pleasant surprise. Considering that the first two awards were presented to MTech students, it comes as a big encouragement to us undergrad second-year students,” says Vig.

The first prize winners (creators of an underwater surveillance system) have a different story to share. For them, the recognition is not just about what they have done but more about what they can do to improvise their project. Their project aims at developing a remote reconfigurable acoustic surveillance platform using low power DSP (digital signal processor) hardware with built in self-test. “Our project was conceptualised approximately five years back and it took four years to formalise the hardware. Now our mission is to develop the operating system for our device so that it can deliver the best results, says Lieutenant Commander Mrinal Sinha, who is on deputation from the Indian Navy to do an MTech at the institute.

The project awarded the second prize looked at producing steam through a single axis line focusing solar concentrator. Ashish Kumar Choudhary, the brains behind the conception and implementation of the project says, “It’s all about producing steam for purposes like cooking, heating, washing with the help of solar energy. Once I am through with the final product it’ll be a huge help for humankind.”

The Open House held last Saturday, saw a number of schools students, technology enthusiasts and engineering students participating. On display were the best research projects in the 50-year history of the institute, which is also celebrating its Golden Jubilee. The awards were selected from these projects.

Students who bagged the prizes at Open House I2Tech 2011 talk about their projects:

Name of the Project: Remote reconfigurable acoustic surveillance platform using low power DSP (digital signal processor) hardware with built-in self test

Project Details: The project is a device that can be placed under the seabed to understand undersea activity. Once the operating system is worked out, the device will be able to catch the sound signals, amplify the sound and pass it on to the base station. So, the base station will be able to keep an eye on the Indian coastline from a distance, without actually patrolling the sea because the device will do it for them.

The winners say: “Science comes naturally to us so we understand what is happening. Everything around you needs to be understood in the context of what you see and why it happens. Try finding answers through a logical path and you will also be able to come out with something path-breaking.”

First runner-up
Name of the project: Design of linear fresnel mirror solar collector

Project Details:
The project is about designing a linear mirror-based solar collector that can help generate steam. Steam is generated through concentrating sunlight at a specific point called target. As the temperature rises water gets heated up and the steam thus generated can be used for a number of purposes.

This production of steam is cheaper and more environment-friendly than the other methods and processes. This can help to reduce greenhouse gases and global warming.

The winners say: We all face problems in our daily life and take cues from there. So start out with identifying problems in your life and find out the ways in which you can address them. Once that is done, hard work and patience will help you find a way to eliminate or minimise the problem.

Second runner-up
Name of the project: Portable wardrobe

Project Details:
This is a portable wardrobe consisting of three shelves each of base area 40x40 sq. cm and height 40 cm. It folds itself into two suitcase-like boxes each of base area 40x40 sq. cm and 10 cm height. The entire structure is made of mild steel and weighs around 10 kg.

The winners say: “As a kid, I used to play with a ‘Do it yourself-technical kit’. Back then it got me interested in engineering with a penchant for mechanics. Today as a student of mechanical engineering I am proud to have screwed things up in the past. You can try it too!”