IIT Delhi Comes Up with More Innovations

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IIT Delhi Comes Up with More Innovations


New Delhi, April 23 -- The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have been known for their socially relevant technological innovations and the students of IIT Delhi have added more such projects to this list. So much so that the institute's research funding reached around Rs. 106 crore this year, says Professor Suneet Tuli, dean of research and development at IIT Delhi.

Take, for instance, a Braille tutor developed by the students of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and mathematics. Showcased at the 10th open house at IIT Delhi last week, the project was designed as a low-cost device which can be used for language tutoring in the Braille script for the visually challenged. "The user interacts with the device through on-device buttons and Braille keyboards attached as peripherals, along with voice assistance for navigating through the menu and device software. Braille tutoring is achieved through exercises and games on the device, with support for multi-player games and multiple languages, which will be added later," says Samarth Bahuguna, a student of electrical engineering who has worked on this project.

"While it is at present limited to being a Braille tutoring device, it has the potential to be used as a note-taking device, or for storing contacts and other important information," he adds.

Students of civil engineering have also come up with some remarkable ideas aimed at creating sustainable tall buildings which meet the housing or commercial needs of the present generation without compromising on the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Says Ashish Jayaswal, a student of civil engineering, "The development of such a building design is important keeping in mind the pressure on non-renewable sources of energy and other natural resources (like water, fuel, etc.) and their ever-growing rate of depletion. Our proposed green building will comprise all the feasible methods by which energy consumption can be reduced and natural resource utilisation be optimised."

Some of the sources of the building's sustainability are energy saving integrated photovoltaics and daylight responsive controls, double low e-glass for window panes and walls, geothermal heat sinks, ventilated facades, T5 energy efficient light tubes, LED lights, resource optimisation, rainwater harvesting, waterless urinals, harnessing wind power using large scale wind turbines, sensor activated faucets, root zone technology for waste water treatment, and using recycled paper for toilets. …

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