The inaugural three-day exhibition, Industrial Innovation and Technology Expo 2023 (IITEX-2023), jointly organized by the Federation of Telangana Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FTCCI) and the Government of Telangana, has attracted a significant number of visitors.
On Thursday, numerous awe-inspiring innovations captivated hundreds of attendees who flocked to the exhibition. One standout innovation was a bionic arm that mimics the gestures of a natural arm and operates through voice commands. Unlike traditional prosthetic arms, which are artificial replacements for natural limbs, this innovative creation by David Raj, a B.Tech Artificial Intelligence & Data Science student from VNR Vignana Jyothi Institute of Engineering and Technology, utilizes electric signals to perform various tasks. The cost of this electromechanical bionic arm, which seeks to replicate the functionality of a natural arm or hand, is only Rs 30,000, a fraction of the Western market price of ten lakhs.
IIT Madras presented TROOT, an agricultural drone developed under Ubify Technologies, an IIT Madras incubated startup. The team aims to assist farmers in improving overall crop health to enhance productivity, sustainability, and profitability.
Another remarkable innovation showcased at the event was the Made in Telangana Laser Harp. This light-sensitive musical instrument is played by manipulating hands over laser light sources to send commands when a beam is interrupted. These commands can be directed towards various electronic devices. Dhawan Surya, two B. Tech EEE students from a local engineering college, developed the Hyderabad version of the Laser Harp, which costs only Rs 5,000 compared to the market price of Rs 70,000. This innovation helps overcome certain limitations of traditional Laser Harps.
Purna, a first-year B. Tech Electrical student, introduced a footstep power generation system. By harnessing the power generated from footpaths, dancing floors, shopping malls, buses, railway stations, and public parks, Purna's project aims to produce electricity in public places where people continuously walk throughout the day. The generated electricity can be stored and utilized for various purposes.
Purna Sai, an engineering student from the city, developed a Hybrid Motorcycle that can run on both electricity and petrol. While the city already has a few such hybrid two-wheelers converted by mechanics, this particular motorcycle is the only one converted by a group of students. With an internal modification to resemble the original petrol bike, this hybrid motorcycle has cost approximately Rs 50,000.
Arhan, D. Ruvan, Sriram, and Pujit have introduced an automated bicycle by converting traditional bicycles into automatic ones. This conversion aims to make commuting more affordable and efficient.
Jitendra Badam, the founder of Temple Vibes, has established a unique startup that explores the impact of sound on human wellness. Recognizing the healing power of sound, Temple Vibes conducts Sound Baths, Sound Massages, and Sound Meditation sessions to promote mental well-being. Jitendra explains that since sound travels at 340 m/sec in air and amplifies by five times in water, the vibrations from sound instruments can penetrate deep into the cellular level of the human body, activating dormant cells and energizing the body complex. The exhibition displayed various sound-producing tools, including singing bowls, singing bells, happy drums, and Tingsha. Jitendra's goal through this expo is to raise awareness among visitors about the potential of sound to address the growing need for holistic wellness.
Mr. Anil Agarwal, President of FTCCI, stated that the objective of IITEX is to enhance production through the utilization of the latest technologies and innovations. By doing so, it aims to bolster the economy and contribute to the Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) initiative of the Indian Government.