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Robots, cube games enthrall students on last day of fest

Jasjeet Kaur, 12, a Class 6 student of Lilavatibai Podar School, has always wanted to learn how robots function.

mumbai Updated: Jan 10, 2012 01:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Jasjeet Kaur, 12, a Class 6 student of Lilavatibai Podar School, has always wanted to learn how robots function.

On Sunday, as she visited Techfest, the annual technology festival of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B), she not only learned how robots function but also saw one up close.

Sunday was the last day of the three-day Techfest that began on January 6 at the institute’s Powai campus.

“My child wants to pursue engineering at IIT. The festival opened her to the world of technology. This is going to motivate her to study hard,” said Jasjeet’s mother, Gurpreet Kaur, 35.

This was the first year that Techfest was open to school students. More than 16,000 students from more than 40 schools attended the fest.

The lecture series, which was a crowd-puller, saw Karlheinz Brandenburg, the inventor of mp3 and mpeg audio standards, speak about the possibilities that lie ahead in digital media.

The festival had more than 140 international exhibits on display compared to 35 international exhibits last year.

A major attraction for children was the Sitfeo — a cube game that required one to use their fingers to manipulate physical objects. From scrabble to puzzles, more than 20 games could be played with a help of three cubes connected to a computer.

Designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students, the game has been taken over by Sitfeo. This game was developed for children in the age group of five to 15 years.

“There are a bunch of sensors which are used to develop this game where three cubes in a game are aware about each others’ existence with the help of proximity sensors,” said Hakim Raja, an IIT-B alumnus, who works as a hardware engineer for the Sitfeo.

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) showcased 300 technologies that could be used to prevent disasters and rescue equipment including a Life Detector that can detect heartbeats of a human within a range of 500 metres, irrespective of what object lies between the human and the detector.

First Published: Jan 10, 2012 01:27 IST