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Disaster management techniques grab eyeballs at IIT Mumbai Techfest

Saturday, 23 January 2010 - 4:22pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI

Go-kart robots, exhibits on nature and the ecosystem, science and water conservation were the other highlights of the technology-based event.

Disaster management techniques displayed by the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and an oppurtunity to experience a virtual earthquake, are among the main attractions drawing a huge crowd to the three-day 'Techfest 2010' held at IIT Mumbai.

Live demonstrations of disaster management techniques, including heli-rescue operations during a calamity, were exhibited by the National Disaster Rescue Force at the fest yesterday.

NDMA, one of the main highlights of the Techfest, will be demonstrating a Collapsed Structure Search and Rescue Show today, followed by a dog search and rescue show.

It will showcase a high-rise building rescue show tomorrow on the concluding day of the fest.

Another attraction for the students was the simulated experience of an earthquake, demonstrated by an IT education solution company CORE along with IIT civil engineers.

Long queues were seen outside the camp to experience the virtual 3D application that gave an experience of an earthquake in a room and corridor.

Conceived by IIT professor Ravi Sinha, it explained how quake disasters can be avoided by following guidelines for building earthquake-resistant buildings.

A US technologist James Powderly demonstrated an 'Eye Writer' which can help the disabled to write through the movement of their eye ball.

Powderly said the technology, based on phototropic Light Emitting Diode (LED), which costs USD50, can be developed at a cost of Rs500 using local material from Lamington Road in Mumbai.

Go-kart robots, exhibits on nature, ecosystem, science and water conservation were the other highlights of the technology event, with campus students participating in around 150 competitions held in different fields.

There were at least 15-20 exhibitions from abroad, demonstrating various interesting technologies.

Also, French and Indian animation films (short and long) screened at the event brought out the unique and amusing nuances of both the cultures.

"As part of the event, we will also project short animation films made by the young and creative minds of the students of the French and Indian animation schools," one of the organisers said.

'Technoholix' showcased the best in techno-entertainment including performances by Mountain Bike stunt group MAD from UK, display of urban acrobatics and extreme martial arts by Nexus Europe, and a unique fire and pyrotechnics display by dynamic fire troupe, Pa-li-Tchi from Czech Republic.

Scintillations consisting of interactive installations from around the world like solar-lit Eiffel Tower, FlickrGettr Light Ripples and Discovery Dome were on display for the first time at the Tech fest, they said.

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