Startup Village selects six innovative projects for incubation


Kochi: Imagine a wheelchair that moves on your instruction or through your movement of eyes! Think of a situation when you are desperately looking for an autorickshaw which is not to be found! But you send an SMS and your problem is resolved. And wouldn’t you like your home garden or lawn to look lush green and its plants and grass healthy and brimming with life, with an easy technology?

These are not the whimsical ideas of crazy minds. On the contrary, these are among the six innovative projects coming straight from some of the brightest engineering students in Kerala. The projects were selected for further development after a unique, first ever talent hunt jointly held by Startup Village, India’s first telecom incubator, and the Kerala Chapter of IEEE Communication Society (ComSoc) to identify innovative projects in communication technologies and applications by the engineering students of the state and pitch them on the growth orbit.

“We selected these projects not only for their innovativeness but also for their usefulness for the masses,” Sanjay Vijayakumar, Chairperson of the Governing Board of Startup Village, said. “We are sure that these ideas would soon translate into successful technologies with proven commercial applications.” Startup Village would extend 50 per cent of the total project cost of Rs. 254,000 to incubate these ideas.

Conceived by five students of Sahrdaya College of Engineering Technology, Kodakara in Thrissur, the ‘Intelligent Wheelchair’ can be operated through eye movements, voice or a lever. ‘Smartmotive’, developed by students of Government Engineering College, Thrissur, is a standing wheelchair that helps a paralysed person to stand up from the seating position. Another interesting project is the ‘SMS Vehicle Locating Solution’, by a team from College of Engineering, Thiruvanantahpuram.

S.T.A.R.K (Scientifically Trained Arm-Robotic Kinesis), proposed by a group of students of Mar Baselios College of Engineering & Technology, Trivandrum is a battery-powered, lightweight exoskeletal framework of an arm to provide support, or to enhance the physical capabilities of the wearer. Project Haritha (hybrid automated remote irrigation technique for agriculture), is a user-friendly automated solar powered irrigation system for home gardens by the students of Sree Chitra Thirunal College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram. Another shortlisted project is ‘Tarang’, which is a technique to convert mechanical effort of any sort into electrical energy, developed by the students of SCMS School of Engineering & Technology, Karukutty in Ernakulam.

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