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Students of MVJ College of Engineering, a leading engineering college in Bengaluru, have displayed 2 innovative projects at the Innovation Festival at Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum here from Feb 1-3, 2019.
Project 1 – bBook for visually impaired: They say a book is a dream that you hold in hand. But there are more than 300 million people among us who can hold a book in their hand but cannot see or read this dream. They are the visually impaired.
Braille is a writing system which helps the visually impaired people to read and understand. But Braille books are scarce with only 1% of regular books being converted to Braille. They are also heavy, for instance a 500 page Braille book weighs around 4 kgs. Moreover Braille books are at least 10 times more expensive than the regular books. Therefore students of CSE department of MVJ college came up with the idea of bBook.
“bBook is a small lightweight device which converts text to Braille in real time,”. “bBook enables the visually impaired to read any text medium in braille format in real time just by placing bBook over it. It is developed in the Tinkering lab of MVJ College of Engineering.
Designed by Rohit N and Ruchitha D J of the CSE department at MVJ College of Engineering, the bBook can also download the latest news articles and magazines of interest to the user and make it available in braille format. A specially designed audio interface is also available which enables the user to control bBook with mere audio commands.
“bBook is affordable and easy to use device which will give power of literacy to the visually impaired,” says Prof D Srinivasan
Project 2- Amphibious aircraft - NACDeC award winning project : The second project being displayed by the students of MVJCE was the award winning ‘amphibious aircraft’ designed by the students of the Aeronautical engineering department, which won the first prize in the National Aerospace Conceptual Design Competition (NACDeC) 2017-18 conducted by Aeronautical Society of India Bombay and IIT Bombay.
The winning team comprising of Sriram, Radhakrishna, Hayath Khan, Nandakumar and Shrikrishna designed an amphibious aircraft that can take off and land in both from a runway as well as from sea.
“The aircraft designed by the students met all the Specific Requirements of the Passenger (PAX) Mission as well as the Air Sea Rescue (ASR) Mission,” explains the mentor for the Team, Prof SC Gupta, Head of Department Aeronautical Engineering, MVJCE.