Age and geography has got nothing to do with innovation.
The winners — all student-innovators of IGNITE 10 contest — will testify to it. IGNITE is a national competition to harness the creative and innovative spirit of school children.
The IGNITE 10 contest saw participation of students from 161 districts of 29 States and Union Territories of India.
Over all 2,139 entries were received, which ranged from sectors like energy, environment, transport, general household utility items etc. The awards were announced on October 15, the birthday of children’s favorite Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, celebrated as the Children’s Creativity and Innovation Day by NIF.
Here we present 18 innovations — from Class 1 to Class 12 — and their innovators from different parts of the country.
Aditya Parashar, Class 7, Tagore Vidya Mandir, Hoshangabad, Madhya Pradesh
The idea is to incorporate a microphone in the side view mirror in a car to pick up the horn frequencies of vehicles following the car.
Sometimes, when the door windows are up and music is playing, it becomes difficult to hear the horn. The microphone gets activated when the window glasses are up, and sends signal to a vibratory pad on the steering, which will alert the driver about another vehicle following.
He has many other ideas as well like a remote that takes energy from TV light or any other natural/artificial source of light, and a luggage carrier on the top of automobiles with a rotator base so that one needs just to rotate the carrier to pick up any luggage on any side.
Archana Konwar, Class 8, Butacore High School, Dhemaji, Assam
Archana’s idea is to have a crutch with shock absorbers for the comfort of the user and also a bell to alert other commuters and a light to be used during the night.
T. Chris Ananth, Class 1, Bell Matric Higher Secondary School, Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu
Young Ananth’s idea is to have a vacuum cleaner- like small device in a shoe that could suck in dust when a person walks.
The base of the shoe would also have a small dust bag, in which this dust may be collected.
Riya Kothari, Nimran Kang, Kaamya Sharma and Mehr S. Mehta, Class 6. Vasant Valley School, New Delhi
The idea is to have a bicycle with two brooms attached to the back wheel. The brooms rotate as one pedal and the brushes sweep away the dust making the drive way clean.
The cycle may optionally include an extra dustbin attached to the front to collect large scraps and pieces of garbage.
Rashmi Maruvada, Class 5, Patha Bhavan High School, Kolkata, West Bengal
Rashmi’s idea is to have a tricycle, which will have an inbuilt navigation system with an audio announcement system to inform the rider about the places/landmarks enroute.
Such a tricycle would make it easy for a visually impaired person to travel.
Kaushik Boruah, Class 9, Vivekanand Kendra Vidyalaya, Golaghat, Assam
The process developed by Kaushik helps to obtain continuous silk filaments from the cut or pierced muga cocoons.
Traditionally, the cut/pierced cocoons are used to make gicha yarn in the villages. Using this process, 50 percent of silk from these cocoons can be recovered; rest can be used to make gicha yarn.
Vishan Popat, Class 10, Navrachna School, Vadodara, Gujarat
Pineapple peeling is a very tedious and cumbersome job, which has been made easy by this device.
Ashuni Patel, Class 10, Navrachna School, Vadodara, Gujarat, and Sai Sri Ram, Class 9, Don Bosco Public School, Vijaywada, Andhra Pradesh
Who has not faced the problem of misplacing an object or forgetting where it has been kept. Ashuni and Sai Ram’s device makes it easy to locate them.
This device can be attached with any item that people generally tend to misplace/forget about.
It is fitted with transmitters/receiver, LED and a sound device. When its remote is pressed, sound is emitted from the device tagged to an item/article and the user can trace its location.
Masha Nazeem, Class 12, Vidhya Vikas Girls High Sec School, Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadu
Masha’s device helps people specially women, old and children to lift and move heavy objects from one place to other.
This transportable device has a wooden base that can be raised through a jack like mechanism to lift weight.
This device can be hand or foot operated.
Ashok Aasrani, Class 12, Shubham Sen Sec .School, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Ashok has designed many simple and low cost exercising devices that help accident victims in rehabilitation.
These are also very useful for people with limb disorders. Some of his machines have already been installed in physiotherapy centers, where the feedback has been very positive.
Parth Vaidya, Class 12, Vidya Vijay Bal Mandir, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
Parth has developed a system to process waste water so that it can be used for different purposes like irrigation, construction, washing or producing manure.
Indore Municipal Corporation has, in principle, agreed to install the system in new residential colonies.
GlaxoSmithKline has also implemented the same in their premises.
Hetal Vaishnav, Class 12, Late Shri SG Dholakiya Memorial High School, Rajkot, Gujarat
By appropriate heat treatment of multilayer film plastic packaging waste, Hetal has converted it into a composite plastic material.
This material can then further be used for making various articles and sheets with the help of extrusion, injection or compression molding.
Hetal got this material tested at different laboratories and has also filed a patent for the same as well.
Mayank Walia, Class 12, Police DAV School, Jallandhar, Punjab
Mayank’s idea is to develop a gadget that can be worn on a hand and which can be moved over text or Braille.
It uses sensors that scan text and Braille and convert it into audio signals for the blind /visually challenged.
Manibhushan Prasad, Class 12, Sindri College, Dhanbad, Jharkhand
Manibhushan suggests each vehicle to have signal (may be IR, infra red) emitters and corresponding sensors.
When the driver presses horn, signals are transmitted (instead of sound), which are picked up by the car in front and a beep alert is there in its dashboard along with a light signal.
Shruti Tyagi, Class 11, Police DAV School, Jallandhar, Punjab
Shruti visualizes a wall-mounted electronic calendar, which has an in-built organizer and reminder facility so that one can never miss any event or an engagement.
She has a number of other ideas as well including a push button type stand in two wheelers for the ease of women and old people and voice actuated switch for television and other appliances.
Rahul K. Singh, Class 12, DAV Kapil Dev School, Ranchi, Jharkhand
Rahul’s idea is to have a pen that recharges a small battery while one writes.
The pressure on the tip of the pen while writing is being used to charge a small battery.
Varsha Singh, Class 8, Apeejay School, Jalandhar, Punjab
Working on a project, Varsha has found out that the said plant can be used as a termite and tick repellent.
Earlier reports mention the use of this plant mainly as a fish poison.
Divyam Gupta, Class 10, Delhi Public School, Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh
In order to prevent people from using mobile phones while driving, Divyam suggests placing touch sensors on the gear lever and the steering.
This means that both the hands need to be either on the steering or on the steering and the gear lever. If anytime, the driver’s hand is not on steering or gear lever (for more than designated seconds), the system will infer that either s/he is using a mobile phone or not carefully handling the steering.
Based on this, the system may react, which can be preprogrammed.
This reaction, as per the programming, may be slowing down the vehicle and bringing it to a halt aft
er some delay, moving to side by giving indicator or simply giving an alert alarm to the driver.