The Indian Institute of Technology, (IIT) Bombay’s annual Techfest is set to begin from tomorrow, December 16. Based on the theme of Space Expedition, the first day of the fest see a series of lectures, competitions and summits at the institute’s Powai campus as well as exhibitions by students from institutes around the world.
Among the highlights of the first day of the fest is a mind controlled drone by Puzzlebox Orbit, US, which can be controlled by neuro-senses of a person’s mind. “These kinds of mind controlled drones can be used by paralysed patients in order to communicate with us and ease their work,” a release said. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to operate the drone which can be controlled by thought.
Some of the other attractions scheduled for the first day include morphofunctional drones from Switzerland, which can mimic the actions of bio-creatures, scale versions of launch vehicles and satellites used for space missions of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) such as Chandrayaan and Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), and an Auto Expo, which will include cars and bikes from Lamborghini, Audi, Ferrari and many others.
The fest will be organising Techconnect to showcase the research and development activities of students of IIT Bombay. According to the release, “TechConnect aims to highlight the technologies created in IIT Bombay, to address critical social needs of the country, and to simultaneously satisfy the requirements of the industry and maximize the benefits to the society”.
Techconnect will include a formula racing car and an underwater vehicle developed by students of the institute, as well as live data receiving by the satellite made by students of Pratham which was launched by ISRO.
The line-up of speakers this year at the Techfest includes scientist turned film director Bedabrata Pain, Former Director of Intel Labs Jeff Demain, Burj Khalifa, Dubai architect Gordon Gill and IISER professor Archana Pai, among many others.
Other attractions include a Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Conclave, an international summit on the Internet of Things and various robot competitions.
The Techfest had a footfall of more than 1,65,000 in 2015. It is one of Asia’s largest science and technology festivals and is patronized by the UNESCO and the UNICEF. It has an outreach of over 2500 colleges in the country and more than 500 colleges abroad. The festival will be held from December 16 to 18 this year.
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