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New Delhi: If you feel that your fifth grader is brimming with creative ideas but you can’t find him or her a platform to make those happen, an innovation kit from BiBox may help.

The kit helps your kids to build simple toys from robots to a working replica of Delhi Metro’s signalling system.

Brainchild of a Bangalore-based startup, BiBox (brain in a box) is a hardware kit which, according to its developers, can guide schoolchildren to not just create science and technology models but also help them in problem solving and logical thinking.

“With BiBox, the idea is to strengthen the cognitive abilities early in life. If you could structure the thinking process, our kids will be far ahead in terms of looking at problems with a practical approach, Madhusudan N, co-founder and director of the venture, said.

Launched three years back, nearly 10,000 schoolchildren in over 40 schools in Bangalore, Kerala and Delhi-NCR are now part of the so-called “Bibox Innovation Lab”.

In Delhi-NCR, the concept has been adopted at DLF Public School in Ghaziabad.

“Children in my school have responded well to BiBox and this hands-on learning experience has given their ideas a boost. This concept is affordable and has allowed kids to experience science as it happens,” Seema Jerath, principal, DLF Public School, said.

She, however, said that training of teachers was also required to change their mind-set towards science experiments.

The BiBox kit comes with a hardware board along with basic components like motors sensors and LEDs, among other things. It also enables external units to be attached to it, allowing the students to create machines.

Schoolchildren are using this technology to create model traffic lights, automatic locking doors, smart room lights, water throwing alarm, drip irrigation system, asthma detector, vibratory blind stick, interactive robotic arm for lifting things, controllable boats, smart cars and more.

A Bisoft app for use on tablet or computer to create the project logic can be downloaded from Google store. The app has a simple drag and drop interface.

The company says its kit is a service model and an yearly fee is charged from each child. It sends its trained staff to take classes in schools.

 

(IANS)

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Telecom Major Bharti Airtel Boosts 4G in Delhi-NCR

Performance of Bharti Airtel dipped marginally in March to 9.3 Mbps from 9.4 Mbps in February, according to the data published by the telecom regulator

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Facing stiff competition from fast-expanding Reliance Jio, telecom major Bharti Airtel on Monday announced it has upgraded its mobile network in Delhi-NCR with the deployment of LTE 900 technology on the 900 Mhz spectrum as it also aims to enhance indoor network experience for its 4G smartphone customers.

“As we introduce LTE-900, we will further step up our indoor network coverage. It will enable high speed connectivity and HD quality VoLTE calling for our customers in Delhi,” Vani Venkatesh, CEO, Delhi-NCR, Bharti Airtel, said in a statement.

Given the high propagation and reach of the 900 Mhz spectrum, it would result in wider availability of 4G network across Delhi-NCR — one of the largest and most dense telecom markets in the country, the company added.

As part of its network transformation programme, the telecom major has been deploying network technologies such as pre-5G Massive MIMO and Carrier Aggregation to enhance network capacity over existing spectrum.

The firm uses a mix of 2,300 Mhz, 1,800 Mhz, 2,100 Mhz and 900 Mhz spectrum bands to deliver network experience to its users.

Bharti Airtel’s office.

No other operator in the world has scored better at a country level than Reliance Jio in India in terms of 4G availability, a report from London-based mobile analytics company Opensignal said in April.

Jio’s score grew by close to one percentage point to reach 97.5 per cent, up from 96.7 per cent about six months ago, said the “Mobile Network Experience” report.

Notably, with 22.2 Mbps (megabits per second) average download speed, Reliance Jio topped the 4G download speed chart of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for March. For Jio, its an improvement over 20.9 Mbps achieved in February.

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Performance of Bharti Airtel dipped marginally in March to 9.3 Mbps from 9.4 Mbps in February, according to the data published by the telecom regulator.

Average 4G download speed on Vodafone network improved marginally to 7 Mbps in March from 6.8 Mbps in February whereas Idea registered a marginal decline in average download speed from 5.7 Mbps in February to 5.6 Mbps in March. (IANS)