Post by: Vidhi Shah
The most crucial part of an engineer's graduation years is the final year project. After all the mini-projects and assignments and what not, done through the previous years, the final project is a way to showcase your knowledge and apply whatever you have learnt into a physical thing. The portrayal of your knowledge and ability to think and work through this project not only can get you a well-deserved placement, but also does wonders to your achievements list! Ideas, creativity, interests, hard-work, all put together in a picture lead to the marvellous outcome. Here are some such ideas which made their way to reality in the form of BE projects:
1. Braille Reader
This mechanical/computing project was made by a group of three highly talented students of the PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore. An innovative and feasible portable device for the visually challenged, the project is an e-book reader that overcomes the problems posed by existing products. The electronic files are physically rendered into Braille characters, thus enabling the visually challenged to read books as normal people would.
2. Standing Wheelchair
This project, the result of the brains of one single student, was made at IIT - M, Chennai. The BE student worked individually on this project, which required the knowledge of numerous other fields combined with mechanical majorly, under the guidance of a professor. This wheelchair, which offers three positions - standing, sitting and seeping was cited for being an innovative, well-engineered and beneficial to a large section of the society. Though these kind of wheelchairs are available in various parts of the world, the main aim of it was to make it cheaper and
easily available in India.
3. Noah - The Robotic Pet
Made by two final year students, this project was a part of the exhibition at Harvard in 2016. Noah, a rolling robotic “pet,” incorporates distance sensors that send out high-frequency pings to measure the space between the robot and nearby objects. The robot drives toward objects that are farther away and backs away from objects that get too close. The most difficult portion of this project, as told by the makers, was programming multiple micro-controllers all together!
Another project that made its way to Harvard 2016 exhibition, this project was developed by three students, merely teenagers! Retrofitted a pair of gloves with pressure sensors, which are connected to a micro-controller that can play musical notes at three different frequencies. Applying different pressures and the varied movement of the fingers produce respective sounds. The gloves also enable users to play along with a previously recorded song, hence helping in learning too. These were some of the projects that made big in the commercial world.
So, hoping this have been an inspiration, here's welcoming the project season and wishing all the students best of luck !
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