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Nishanth demonstrating the prototype of his ‘Automatic Electric Shock Tripper’, in Salem .- PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN
Nishanth demonstrating the prototype of his ‘Automatic Electric Shock Tripper’, in Salem .- PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Innovation Jockey M. K. Ananth prototype of ‘Automatic Electric Shock Tripper’ developed by J. Nishanth, a first year student of Sona College of Technology helped him emerge the ‘Grand Winner’ in ‘Innovation Jockeys — Season 2’ that was recently held in Bangalore.

The 17-year-old of Ettikoundanpudur, in Namakkal district, will spend one week at the Research Centre of Accenture, in Silicon Valley, the U.S.

Innovative minds

Around 5,000 students from engineering institutions across India participated in this nationwide hunt for innovative minds that was conducted by Accenture, sponsored by Yahoo.

Nishanth said that he developed a model to turn off transformers when wires got cut and fell, when he was in Standard IX.

He said that he submitted an advanced prototype of the model for the competition.

“The transformer will turn off connection to the wire that got cut much before it falls, or when there was heavy electricity leakage.

An automatic call system installed in the transformer will instantly send a voice message to the phone numbers of officials concerned and report the nature of the problem,” he told The Hindu .

The other advantages of this tripper was that it would hardly cost Rs. 10,000. He said he would demonstrate its functioning to Tangedco officials after he returns from the U.S.

Thinking differently and coming up with innovative solutions for various problems have been a part of his life since childhood. He recalled his first invention as a five-year-old.

“I was upset when my pencil and eraser were stolen from my pencil box and wanted to put an end to it in a novel way,” he said.

He fixed an alarm with the bag and connected it to his pencil box. The moment someone tried to open the bag, the alarm went on. He has made 30 products based on electricity and information technology.

Nishanth has seven patents to his credit and has applied for the eighth for the prize-winning project.

He was never a topper in his school or class. He scored 73 per cent in Standard X and 69 per cent in Plus-Two examinations. The boy was offered a free engineering seat at Sona College of Technology, Salem, in recognition of his inventions.

Nishanth to spend one week at Research Centre of Accenture in Silicon Valley


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