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IITians’ innovations changing futures in India

New Delhi: IITians have always made their mark with their innovations, here are three devices developed by them that have brought about a change in the society.

Eco Frost: In a bid to curb wastage of agriculture yield in India, three IIT Kharagpur engineers developed a cold-storage powered by solar power and helped farmers to save their produce from getting rotten. The trio of  mechanical engineering students Vivek Pandey, Prateek Singhal and Devendra Gupta scripted history and brought in a major change with their  micro cold storage system which operates at near zero cost.

ecofrost_machineWith the growing demand of cold storages and only the big farmers having access to the available facilities, Eco-frost changed the fate of millions of farmers. Especially, designed for the rural segment, the innovation helped the farmers to store their harvest and get a good bargain. The solar-powered cold storage led to an increase of 40 per cent in the profits of the farmers.

The young achievers claimed that there is no running cost and works the year round on sustainable technology. Eco-Frost also boasts of a power backup of over 36 hours during inclement weather and has a capacity of five metric tons.

The idea was incubated in 2013, and the team plans to manufacture around 20,000 cold storages in the next five years. The price of one unit will be around Rs 5-6 lakhs.

Guardian:  A clear cut winning project, the safety device ‘Guardian’ addresses the problem of women security.  What made it stand apart was its provision to use any type of ericsson-innovation-awards-2015communication systems like the internet, SMS, or Near Field Communication. Moreover, the device can be worn in the form of jewellery and is convenient to carry.

Developed by IIT Delhi students, Guardian alerts loved ones when a person is in distress.

Alcohol Sensing Helmet: Aiming to prevent drunken driving, IIT BHU students came up with the path-breaking innovation of arming helmets with a device that prevents a person from starting his/her bike if the alcohol content in the breath is more than the permissible limit.

helmet_1436796404The innovative helmet examines the alcohol content in the driver’s breath and sends signals via wireless technology to the vehicle to start or stop accordingly. The helmet uses Bluetooth encryption technology and also featured among the top 5 short-listed projects at the Ericsson Innovation Awards held at IIT Delhi.


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