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Ideas galore at MIT workshop

Saturday, 26 January 2013 - 1:48pm IST | Place: Bangalore | Agency: dna

Projects include a pen that guides the writing of the blind, autistic.

A pen that guides the blind when go out of the line while they are working, a system whereby family or friends of epilepsy sufferers get a message the victim gets the seizures and a system that helps commuters and autorickshaw driver to negotiate the fare and the destination are among the ideas and inventions developed at a design and innovation workshop of Students and researcher associates organised by PESIT here in association with Media Labs of Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), US.

Around 200 students from prestigious institutions like IITs, IIMs participated in the workshop conducted from January 21 to 24 on PESIT campus. The students were selected online by MIT professionals.

The workshop threw up 40 projects/inventions and PESIT has decided to collaborate with MIT Media Labs to promote them.

“We are planning to tie-up with MIT to complete all these interesting and really unique inventions to make them a complete product,” Prof A Srinivas, faculty of department of Electronics at PESIT, told DNA.

“We are talking to MIT on tie-ups. Twelve researchers and two professors from MIT were here almost from a week to train and guide the students,” he said.

An exhibition of all the 40 products held on Friday at PESIT’s Banashankari campus drew thousands of students, professionals and faculties of the city.

The ideas
A team comprising students from IIT-Hyderabad, IIT-Madras and BITS Pilani-Goa designed the self-assistance pen that helps the visually impaired and autistic children. “While writing if they go out of line, the pen itself indicates them that they are not going through the line,” said Nikita, a team member.

Another team comprising students of PESIT and IIT-Madras designed a product which ensures a message/SMS would reach epilepsy patient’s family members or an ambulance if the sufferer gets seizures when alone.

An product developed by a team of students from MSRIT, PESIT and III-T and IIT-Guwahati helps connect commuters and autorickshaw drivers just by a message.

“Using a code the customer can send a message which reaches all the auto drivers in that vicinity through the nearby mobile network. Once the message is sent, auto drivers willing to take the customers to the desired destination will reply along with the fare they charge, and if you are okay with that you can get back to them,” explained Satvik, a team member.

A team of students from VJTI-Mumbai, BITS Pilani-Goa designed an automated chair to help paralysis patients to move around without anybody’s help.

“Head start is an automated wheel chair for paralytic patients which operate just with the movement of the person’s head. If they move their head left, the chair goes left, if they turn their head right the chair goes right and will also move back and front with the tilt of the head. To stop the chair, they just have to look up,” team member Mayank Sanjeev said.

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