“This bad boy can take a 300g payload and fly for 42 minutes,” said Ganesh Ram as he proudly displayed the quadrotor system that he had fabricated. This PhD student at the IIT Madras has made this copter with four ‘wings’, to put it in layman’s terms, in an attempt to enter the Limca Book of Records. Ram’s machine remained in the air for 42 minutes in the endurance challenge to become the first quadrotor to do so.
Ram’s quadrotor was not the only innovation to attempt an entry into the record books. Many such techno-entertainment gadgets made by a team of students were put to test at the recently concluded IIT Shaastra, the tech fest conducted by the IIT-M students. Three students created the largest hologram with an arrangement of reflective surfaces in the form of a pyramid, to form a 3D view inside the pyramid. Onlookers were awestruck as they looked into the object inside the pyramid as it seemed very real to them.
Another team of students created the first band of virtual instruments, where the information transfer is completely wireless. These virtual instruments are built on the lines of conventional ones. The instrument player has various sensors attached to his body in the form of gloves, and the output of these is sent through bluetooth to the computer, which is pre-programmed to produce a particular music depending upon the action.
“Many people cannot enjoy technology. Entertainment is something that can engage the audience as well as showcase cutting-edge technology to them,” says Ravikiran Bobba, a student. Bobba and his team of peers presented ‘Envisage,’ a technical show that displayed all these technologies made for entertainment. Technology and creativity converged in this show as the audience watched these innovations with much enthusiasm.