Four innovators from Dakshina Kannada district in the State and from Kerala showcased their creations that can make a difference to the life of ordinary people at Engineer 2010, the technical festival of the National Institute of Technology – Karnataka, Surathkal, on Thursday.
They were at the day-long event, “India Innovates”, which had innovators from rural areas to share their experience with their inventions and discuss them on a technical and commercial level. The event was held in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation.
Augustine Thomson from Kerala has developed an electrically heated matrix system for tyre retreading. The system has coil heaters with ceramic beads, digital thermostat control and timer to maintain constant temperature throughout the process for balanced curing. His method can achieve the objective at 18 to 20 per cent of the cost of the conventional process. Mr. Thomson has manufactured and sold more than 100 units so far.
K.S. Sudheer, also from Kerala, saw a family get injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred because the side-stand was not pushed back properly. This prompted him to make a gear-lock that does not allow the motorcycle to be started if the side stand is not pushed back completely. All you need is a simple hook that costs Rs. 20.
Pramod Kumar Suvarna has managed to supply enough electricity to light up 150 LED (Light Emitting Diode) bulbs in as many houses in his village Guthakadu near Kinnigoli.
He simply installed a turbine in a stream and used the flowing water to generate electricity during monsoon.
After the rainy season, he switches over to solar panels, thus ensuring enough electricity is generated for reading and cooking for his village throughout the year.
Mr. Suvarna has invested Rs. 1.5 lakh in the turbine which generated one KW of power and he charges Rs. 10 a month as maintenance charges from each household.
A young man from Mundaje in Belthangady taluk has invented a machine that can climb an areca palm and spray pesticide.
Milinda Bhide, who now works as a service engineer in Bangalore, says the machine will reduce labour cost to hiring just one man for the operation, while it normally takes three people to do the job otherwise. The machine costs Rs. 50,000.
Speaking after the demonstration, Kerala and Karnataka consultant for the National Innovation Foundation T.J. James said that the innovators at the grassroots level were in serious need of business and guidance on marketing opportunities as they developed solutions for their problems but could not market the same for others in need of it in an economically viable manner.
Young innovators show their ingenuity at ‘Engineer 2010'