Just been three years since its inception and Manufacturing Association is gearing up for APOGEE just like any other, with pre-fest workshops, events and many projects lined up in its stock. To get a better idea about whatever the Association has planned, here is a talk with its coordinator, Ayush Agarwal.
Reverse Engineering, an event that was conducted last year as well, would test anyone’s most basic knowledge about the components and techniques that are used in manufacturing. In this event, the participant has to dismantle the system given to him/her and then note down all the components that were used to make it, while also suggesting any improvements and innovations in its design or functioning.
The second event that would be organized by the Association is Ingenieur, to judge all the aspects of a mechanical engineer. After clearing a quiz, the team is given a problem statement and is asked to design a solution to it on some appropriate software. Around 8 hours are provided to the team to build their prototype in the workshop. Both of these events have on the spot registration. These both have been quite a success during last fest and they are confident enough to raise the bar still higher.
The Assoc has been active not only during APOGEE, but had also organized a workshop on Solids and an event called Minifest last semester.
The projects being worked on by the Association are based on diversifying topics, dealing with various fields rather than being restricted to manufacturing alone. Beginning with a meet in September last year, work began on these projects with everybody in the assoc pooling in ideas to be, if needed, collectively improved upon.
One of their projects is on Cell-phone based medical care, where an Android app would be developed, along with sensors that can be attached to the phone, which would analyze a person’s biomedical data and send a report to a doctor via sms or by uploading it. It would be targeted on the rural population, thus having a graphic oriented interphase.
Other projects include using the braking energy of trains by pneumatic hydraulics to generate electricity; charging mobile phones using physical energy while jogging, walking or other physical activities; Visual Aids that would buzz as soon as some obstacle is encountered by someone with impaired vision; creating personal luggage followers and automatic luggage carrier system which would use fuzzy logic to let luggage carriers reach their destination by artificial intelligence; building brainstory which would provide a visual environment for one’s brain and ideas.
Pedal powered bush cutters, adaptable headlights to avoid accidents in hilly areas, automatic lawn mower and plant watering system, automatic electricity meter reader to avoid electricity theft, interactive digital book, speed control system for vehicles, enhanced sticky-notes are some of the other projects being undertaken by the association.
With so many projects and events happening in the fest, the assoc is planning on making an entire team of people who are interested in taking part in other events being organized, thus giving an important message to everyone; Be prepared to give that nudge of a challenge to the technical part of your brains. Let the fest fever take over.