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The Times of India | Kevin Mendonsa | TNN | Jun 12, 2016 |

Mangaluru: Chasing the ‘Make in India’ dream, city-based Canara Engineering College students have developed four rural India oriented student projects which aims to help the common man, start-ups and farmers. The projects include: Arecanut classification, artificial finger implementation, design and implementation of MPPT technique for photovoltaic system and ECG at home, which are touted as cost effective, portable, user-friendly and patients with heart problems can use this device as an alternative for their daily check-up without visiting hospital. J Adithya Bhat, a student of final year electronics and communication course, who is a part of the arecanut classification, said that the technology aims to identify different types of arecanuts and can process it.  This technology will help large industries involved in arecanut processing to consume less time in identification, replaces large number of man power and even layman can also operate it.

Artificial finger implementation project revolves around designing a low cost-effective artificial finger which as a whole will combine to form a well-controlled arm that can be used for the required purpose.  Nitin Kamath, a student who is a part of the project said that the main intention behind the project was to build an arm which could pick and place paddy saplings in the field and involves three major things which are accurate movements, identification and compatibility or size of the arm in the work space. It works like a low-cost robot, costing around Rs 5,000 to 6,000 while an imported robot can cost four times more. It can be used in startup industries to cut down manpower and cost as well chemical industries. In India, there are still a few areas deprived of electricity. The project ‘Design and implementation of maximum power point tracking (MPPT) technique for photovoltaic system’ has developed a project which can be used by these areas to produce electricity. “We have developed our project in such a way that the solar panel can be rotated in any direction to extract the maximum power from sunlight to run DC low voltage devices. Therefore, electricity can be produced in any environmental conditions,” said student Rachanashree U J.  The aim of the project is to utilize maximum solar energy through the solar panel.  For this, a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) method has been devised and it helps the solar power generating equipment to get maximum sunlight thereby, increasing the efficiency of the system.  A converter is used for transferring maximum power from the solar panel to the load such as DC tube light, DC fan and other electronic gadgets. –  Courtesy


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