Electrician in Madurai designs unique fan with four blades on both sides "It consumes the same amount of power like any other table fan"
MADURAI: Can invention be a hobby?
"Yes, it can, when one has a thirst to design new equipment that could minimise inconvenience of the common man. This is how I have designed three equipment in my spare time," says M. Abdul Razak of Madurai.
Mr. Razak, an electrician by profession, has no other work to do but invent. He has now designed a `two-in-one fan' that can bring in air from on all sides with the usual oscillation.
The fan, which has blades on opposite sides, works with a coil and a switch control and functions like any other table fan.
Will it not consume more power with blades on two sides?
"It will not. It consumes the same amount of power like any other table fan," he claims.
In a two-in-one fan, one set of blades rotates clockwise and the other anti-clockwise. If it is used with four blades, the fan will provide cool air in all directions, he says.
If somebody wants to stop the fan on one side, an adjusting knob comes in handy.
Mr. Razak has already designed a `two-in-one cooking filter valve vessel,' a cooker that boils rice like a pot and prepares `sambar' or `kuzhambu' at the same time.
Letter-caller post box
Again, he has tried his hand at `Letter-caller post box' that will beep for five seconds as soon as a letter is dropped in.
If the letter is not picked up after the beep, a red light glows, indicating the presence of the object.
Now, Mr. Razak is trying his hand at finding a solution to the mosquito menace, both in houses and on sewage channels without using chemicals.
At home, a fan-like structure can be used to attract the vectors and heat wave can be used to kill the winged monsters on sewage channels, he says with hope.
"I have collected all details on mosquitoes from the Centre for Research in Medical Entomology and now I nurture about 2,000 mosquitoes in a bottle," he says.
He has sent his inventions for patenting.
His cooker and letter-caller have been selected for awards by the National Invention Foundation, Allahabad.
Any grievance? Yes. Hailing from a poor family, Mr. Razak is not able to market his products though he has received a handful of orders for them.