The Government Model Engineering College, Kochi, will hold the third edition of its annual innovation competition ‘Innovate for a Better Tomorrow’ (IBETO) on Monday. The competition is being held as part of the annual national-level technical symposium ‘Excel’ in association with ‘The New Indian Express’.
The IBETO has been successful in its previous two editions in identifying numerous creative ideas from across the nation.
Notable innovations include ‘The Sign Decoder’ which can bridge the gap between the hearing-impaired people and the society by designing a glove-type device loaded with a variety of sensors that convert the sign language into text and speech with the help of a mobile phone. The ‘Pulse Of A Billion Kit’, aimed at developing a portable tri-coder device which could measure vital body stats to enable a preliminary prognosis or monitoring of diseases, is another innovation. This was developed by the team of students from the PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore and was awarded `1 Lakh for further implementation.
A presentation of the ‘Pulse Of A Billion kit’ will be held as a part of the programme. A more commercialised version of stethoscope was developed with the assistance of mentors from the MIT Media Labs and the Massachusetts Hospital.
The team has currently five electronic engineers, a biotechnology engineer, three doctors, two product designers and a software engineer. A pilot test is also underway in association with a hospital at Bangalore.