Can the solutions to many of the problems we are facing today including traffic management really lie in innovative projects from students? Well, the students of BMS College of Engineering on Wednesday displayed about a 100 of their live projects, many of which directly concern everyday problems challenging the society.

One of the projects was a driver assistance system that promises to help prevent traffic accidents. The device which is to be installed in cars, can detect obstacles on the way and send across a warning to the passengers accordingly.

“This device sends a signal to you when you are entering areas that have schools and colleges, so you will be able to mind your speed limit,” said Divyashree NV, one of the students who developed the project. It also detects day and night and switches on headlights accordingly.

Another system developed by the students was a cheap version of voice activated controls to help control everyday utilities like the electrical lights we use at home.

“We developed a software that can essentially help us install this system within `2,000. You just have to say ‘light’ and the lights will be activated,” explained Apoorva LV. All projects were not models but live projects developed by the students of the final year. One of the few projects that was funded, was funded by the Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology which aimed to help those with amputated limbs, move without pain.

The project is only applicable to those who have one functioning leg because it takes cues from the functioning leg and moves the amputated limb accordingly.  “It’s a gait prediction system wherein we have given the function of a knee to the amputated limb. So if you move your healthy leg, immediately the artificial limb will take its cues and bend the knee accordingly. It saves you from a lot of pain,” added Sneha Das.

And there was even something for star gazers, as a couple of students along with help from ISRO, developed a system that can detect space objects (satellites launched from Earth) at any given time using relatively easy-to-use software. The future of science does seem to lie in the hands and minds of the young!

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