Chennai: On January 4th 2014, Shaastra- annual technical festival of Indian Institute of Technology - Madras (IIT-M) began. The fest highlighted various projects which the students of the institute had worked on.
The students of IIT-M have been developing six products over the past year. Two of these products have filed for patents. The rest are being showcased during the fest.
These products are aimed to solve the common problems like track attendance, laptop theft etc. They aim to foster energy efficiency in an innovative manner. For example, there are two tags, 'male' and 'female', that forms a part of the anti-theft device for laptops. The male tag is connected to a key chain, while the female tag is connected to the device (mobile phones or laptops). If both the male and female tags are not together, then a detector located at, for example a hostel, beeps indicating theft, and alerting the security guards.
An automatic tube-light is another device, which is implanted with light sensors. The intensity of the sunlight available is measured by these sensors, and based on the amount, it switches on and off saving electricity.
Those which will not be unveiled at the fest are the water level detector and a new bottle design, for which the patents have been sought.
A press release says, ‘Breaking Boundaries' is the theme of this festival, which has the distinctive significance of being the first to fetch the ISO 9001:2008 certification. The festival will go until January 7.