An MTech student from Alappuzha has developed a sensor faucet with a sensor-controlled flow kit which ensures that water is provided manually through the water taps in case of electronic failure.
Vani, who leads Spintech Electronics at Kodupunna in Alappuzha, received a patent for her innovation. Vani says the valve unit routes water directly to the faucet if the electronic unit goes faulty, thus ensuring water by manual operation till the problem is rectified.
This is contrary to the sensor faucets currently available in the markets which fails to dispense water in case of a sensor or electronic failure.
The external sensor-controlled flow kit was developed after a research of over one year. The sensor controlled flow kit is priced at `3500.The kit has three units, including a valve unit that defaults to automatic option unless changed to manual option for emergencies, an external sensor attached to the faucet (motion detector) and a main control box which controls the flow of water. The Spinflow faucet with inbuilt sensor and both automatic and manual function is also ready for entry in the market. The product is priced at `4500/- with battery and `4000/- without battery.
Vani who is a BTech graduate in Electronics Electronics and Communication and who now pursues her M Tech in Embedded Systems at Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), says that innovation run in her blood. Her father G Vishnu Namboothiri and her father’s brother Parameswaran Namboothiri had ventured into the manufacture of PVC electrical wiring products as early as in 1986. The company established under them also developed unique solar panels and solar chargers.
Vani’s interest however fell in the field of applied electronics in hydraulic engineering. It was not difficult to realize that management of water had to start from kitchen sinks, which accounted for huge wastage of water.
The idea was to manage the flow of water from the existing ordinary taps in kitchen through an external sensor controlled mechanism.