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NASA Tech Briefs (USA)

The following Hindustan University projects secured one of the top ten most popular entries out of 1,354 entries in the NASA Tech Briefs-Create the Future Design Contest 2013. The projects prized with a Sphero robotic gaming ball. The result is available at http://contest.techbriefs.com/2013/top-votes.

A. Solar Powered Road Cleaning Robot:

Dr. D. Dinakaran, Professor, School of Mechanical Sciences developed a Solar Powered Robot. It secured the 1st place in the Contest. Waste disposal is a crucial problem in developing countries particularly in India due to heavy population. Presently sanitary workers are using the outdated and crude devices like brooms, iron plates and bamboo baskets for primary collection of solid waste. Thousands of workers die or are affected with respiratory diseases, urinary, skin and eye infection, lung cancer, tuberculosis etc. As a solution to manual primary waste disposal, a cost effective garbage cleaning robot is developed.

B. Tsunami Coastal Communication & Warning System (TuCoWaS):

Mr. SudalaiMuthu T, Asst. Professor, School of Computing Sciences developed this system which secured 2nd place in the contest. The aim of this project is timely audible dissemination of the impending disasters. As conventional communications often fail during such calamities, a standalone failproof communication system caters to cyclones, tsunamis, floods and seismic threats through dissemination of timely and automated loud warning sirens.

C. A Night Safety Alert Messaging System for Vehicles Using Vehicular Adhoc Networks (NSAMSV)—

Mr. Thangakumar J, Asst. Professor, School of Computing Sciences developed this system which secured 6th place in the contest. The aim of the project is to avoid major road accidents at night due to the breakdown or unauthorized parking of heavy motor vehicles on the highway.

D. Multifunctional Bed for Quadriplegia Patients:

Mr. G. Muthukumaran, Associate Professor, School of Electrical Sciences developed this system which secured 7th place in the contest. The objective of the project is to help physically challenged individuals having both hand and leg impairments to operate their bed and its movements through voice commands.

E. A Novel Counting Device for Domestic Pressure Cooker for Hearing Impaired (CoDePec):

Mr. G. Muthukumaran, Associate Professor, School of Electrical Sciences developed this system which secured 8th place in the contest. This invention can be used in household cooking for the benefit of hearing impaired community, who are unable to hear the whistling sound of the cooker. This particular invention, involves a counting mechanism for counting the number of times the cooker whistled (weight lifted) and display the status of the food which is being cooked.

  Hindustan Mars Rover:

A Multi-Disciplinary team from Hindustan University is set to participate in the world’s premier robotics competition for college students, University Rover Challenge - 2014 (URC), on May 29– 31st, 2014 held at the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) , Hanksville, Utah,USA . The team is named as Hindustan Mars Rover Team and it is one of the 7 teams who are qualified for the event from India. The team will design and build the next generation of Mars rovers which will one day work alongside astronauts on the Red Planet.

The team consists of 22 members having different backgrounds brought together by a common enthusiasm for engineering. As a team of passionate engineering students, it strives for building things and solving problems.

The team is led by Rahul Kanuganti, second year Mechanical Engineering student, along with Puranjan Das, third year EIE student, with the support of the faculty advisors Associate Prof. Muthu Kumaran & Asst. Prof. Shyam R Nair from the Department of Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering, Hindustan University.

The challenge features multiple revamped tasks, including an Equipment Servicing Task that is to make necessary changes to the equipment provided using the robotic hand, Astronaut Assistance task is to assist and deliver the aid packages to the astronaut, Sample Return Task which incorporates collection of the soil and testing for the life forms present, a more aggressive Terrain Traversing Task to transverse over the different conditions of terrain at the desert conditions. Teams will operate their rovers from designated command and control stations allotted to each team. The team has successfully completed the Rover Simulation Model and presently started the fabrication of the prototype. The entire Rover with control and communication will be ready for final testing
by April 10, 2014.

The team has successfully created a feasible design concept using 3 design principles i.e. Simplicity, Manufacturability & Performance. The team eagerly looks forward to build the rover as per the plan and timeline and do its very best to compete in the International Arena of University Rover Challenge, to be held at NASA’s Mars Desert Research Centre, in Hanksville, Utah (USA) in the month of May 29-31, 2014.

The Proposed Prototype of Hindustan Mars Rover is shown in Fig1.

Fig 1. Proposed Prototype view of Hindustan Mars Rover

The team expresses its sincere gratitude to Dr.U.Ramachandraiah, Professor & Head, Department of Electronics & Instrumentation Engineering, and Hindustan University for his continuous motivation and support.

The team feels proud and thankful for the extensive support offered by the Management of Hindustan University, well-wishers, fellow students and friends for supporting us so far to tackle this challenge.

Source: http://urc.marssociety.org/home/team-info

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