Somaiya Engineering College students performing/ displaying their talent in project exhibition
by NR INDRAN / INTMumbai : riidl (Research. Innovation. Incubation. Design.Lab), displayed a ...
by NR INDRAN / INT
Mumbai : riidl (Research. Innovation. Incubation. Design.Lab), displayed a project exhibition in the Somaiya Vidyavihar campus today. riidl is a Mind to Market lab setup at Somaiya Vidyavihar campus with an objective to create market ready, innovative products and services. Using the exhibition asa platform, riidl intends to create awareness in the student community and inspire them to create innovations on campus to solve real world problems.
The highlight of the exhibition was the project on piano stairs, which was inspired by the Volkswagen fun theory project. Weve all been tempted to take the elevator to go one or two flights of stairs. But how often do we consider the effect that this habit has on our surroundings and us. For one, we lose out on an opportunity for physical activity that keeps our body and mind in shape. There is also the waste of electricity when elevators climb just 1 or 2 floors, when this power could easily be saved. riidl, has taken the idea of Volkswagen a step further. With the mixture of enhanced visuals and music creation using the staircase, this group has created a perfect tool to encourage students on campus to take the stairs instead of the elevator. A prototype run done earlier validated the usefulness ofthis tool. 35% more students took the staircase and spent nearly 40 seconds on 1 flight of stairs instead of the usual 25seconds, playing piano tones on the staircase. Theyve enhanced this further by displaying animated projections of the staircase users ona screen. The interactive stairs can be easily used in social settings such as schools, making it a fun learning experience by making small changes in the staircase architecture. And given the amount of fun people have walking on the stairs, the installations can also be made in hospitals, thus making the irrecuperation process that much faster and enjoyable!
Riidl also supports students with projects that can participate incompetitions, in Indiaand abroad. One of them is a student group, KJSCE Robocon,that has created an array of manual and autonomous robots. This group participated in a national level robotics competition and bagged the 10th place in the country in just their second year of participation. Another interesting project displayed at the exhibition was a project by students of Team Onyx from KJSCE (K.J.Somaiya College of Engineering). Theyve built a prototype airplane for a competition in California, USA. All these automobiles are built completely the students, barring the high performance parts like the engine. Team Onyx stood 25th out of 65 in just their first year of participation in an airplane design and engineering competition in California, USA.
Riidl also encourages and facilitates students and faculty to file patents and copy rights. They also conduct seminars and workshops relating to intellectual property rights all over campus. Till date, riidl has filed 3 patents, relating to software solution, an innovative musical instrument. They have also filed a patent on an integrated laboratory equipment which is to be brought to the market through a startup. They have 4 more patents in the pipeline. But like most, they are not just content with filing patents and copyrights. They are actively seeking buyers for these technologies who will partner with them to take these products to the market.
Using the exhibition as a platform, riidl intends to create awareness in the student community and inspire them to create innovations on campus to solve real world problems. The exhibition held at the campus was a display of countless hours of toil that students have put into the projects that riidl supports.
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