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India International Science Fair: 15-year-old Jharkhand student develops jacket that helps the blind

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New Delhi: Unlike most children of his age, Prithvi Raj isn’t interested in science experiments like baking soda volcanoes or balloon rockets.A class 10 student from Rajkiyakrit (Government) School at Garwah in Jharkhand, Prithvi has built a jacket which enables visually impaired people to walk more accurately.His innovation won him the bronze at the 5th INSIPRE EXPO at the first India International Science Fair (IIFS) in IIT-Delhi earlier this week.

After working on the concept for more than five months and understanding the basic structure of a circuit diagram, Prithvi Raj created a jacket and a fire alarm device which would help visually impaired individuals. The combined cost of the two devices is less than Rs.1,000 ($15).

A science enthusiast, Prithvi Raj said that he had always desired to build a device which would help the blind live more independently. He said the reason behind this was he wanted to help his grandmother and uncle, both of whom are blind.

“The population of blind people in this country is greater than what we realize. At my home, my grandmother and my uncle are visually impaired. So I’ve always dreamt of helping such people. I kept conceptualizing this idea for five to six months. After that it took me merely 10 days and I made this fire alarm and jacket,” Prithvi Raj told  a news agency.

The jacket can be used in two ways. First, it would help a blind person walk on the streets and second to enable them to perform household chores without any physical assistance.

“This project is connected to a mobile application. Nowadays, each one of us owns a smartphone. I have attached a radio sensor inside the jacket and a vibrator indicator is attached the headset. With the help of an application in Google Play store, information can be sent to this radio sensor. The radio sensor will send signals to the vibrator. So once we select the route (for the blind person), the headset will vibrate accordingly to alert them on directions,” Prithvi Raj said.

“For instance, the left side of the headset will vibrate indicating that the person has to take a left turn and the right side of it will vibrate if they have to take a right turn. If there is an obstacle infront of the person, with the help of a PIR sensor which is installed in the jacket, he/she will get the information about it. We can alter the length of detection for obstacles in this model. Not only will the headset vibrate upon sensing an obstacle, it will also provide information on alternative directions. So not only it will make it easier for a blind person top walk, it would also prevent any accidents. At home a person can be given similar indications with the help of an instrument (which looks similar to remote control),” he added while demonstrating the working of the jacket.

Prithvi Raj has also designed a cost-effective smoke alarm which can be easy installed in households.

“The smoke alarms which are available in the market are mostly used by government or by MNCs in the country. Since their cost is very high, I have developed a smoke detector which will alert a person with the help of sound or vibration once the sensor detects ‘the temperature’ (an average solid-flame temperature of 870 degrees Celsius),” he said.

Nikky Kumar Jha, India’s youngest Paryavaran Ratna, also praised Prithvi Raj’s efforts and said that he would fund his project completely and help him make improvements.

The ‘INSPIRE’ Expo featured nearly 800 projects by students of Classes VI-X from all over the country. While 57 of the INSPIRE students were given awards of appreciation, the three top awards went to young minds from Gujarat (gold), Karnataka (silver) and Jharkhand (bronze).

While Oza Alaykumar of Mehsana topped with ‘Artificial Tree and Wind Tunnel’, Ananya Y.R. of Kadur in Chikkmagaluru district came second for a project on ‘Biodegradable Plastic’. Prithvi Raj won the bronze.(ians)

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New Delhi, July 28, 2017: What is entrepreneurship? It is the capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business enterprise along with risk factors in order to make a profit. This implies that there is no business without risk.

There are many obstacles that trouble a growing entrepreneur in India. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any entrepreneurs in India, but rather the number of entrepreneurs springing up is not an encouraging figure.

Here are some of the reasons for fewer entrepreneurs in India:

 Brittle family system

This issue bothers entrepreneurs in India because of the stronger family ties that we Indians have. Family support is always absent in such cases. Parents always prefer their children to take up a conventional 9-5 job rather than take up a risky business venture where there is no guarantee that the venture will work out and a high level of risk is involved.

Government ordinances

A few business ventures that break free from the restraints of the usual problems get caught in the outmoded policies of our government. The framework of our administrative system limits the organic development of the enterprises.

Low Internet usage in India

The majority of the innovations in the world occur at internet space. The internet usage percentage stands low at 5% in India. Such a small number makes it really difficult to bring in money and few entrepreneurial ventures.

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Indian education system

The main reason for low innovation in entrepreneurship is our educational system. Our education system hardly focusses on innovation right from its inception. Without an innovative idea, no entrepreneurial venture can sustain itself beyond the initial stages.

Bottom Line

India being a developing nation hasn’t made much progress in the direction of innovation. What we really need to do is mold young minds and inspire them to think creatively. They should be encouraged to let go of their impediments and take the risk to tread a path that’s not yet been explored.

– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94


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