A team of two final year computer science students of the University of Petroleum & Energy Studies has created a fully automated sanitizer machine using limited resources. The team included Mayank from B.Tech CS (Graphics and Gaming) and Kshitij from B.Tech CS (Internet of Things).
The prototype is made up of household trash including batteries, motors, water pumps coupled with micro-controller and sensor chip. When tested, the machine rendered successful in the very first attempt. Although limited resources posed a constraint to Mayank and Kshitij, an improved model can be of great help during these unprecedented times.
Mayank said, “I would like to thank the UPES faculty and staff for their constant support in providing us with high-quality education and a rich learning experience.”
Explaining the multifaceted functions of the invention, Mayank further said, “This machine can do wonders in times of a global health emergency, where social distancing is the need of the hour. It solves several purposes apart from sanitization. The machine can be used to distribute masks and medicines to those under treatment or quarantine. It can also be used for patrolling containment areas to identify defaulters. Prototypes have already been used in the United States of America, China, and Russia. India can also implement this technology to deal with the crisis and protect our first line of defence.”
This fully automated sanitizer machine is a practical idea and can be produced even in a limited budget, informed Kshitij. He added that this was not the first fully automated machine that they have made as a team. “Before this, during our tenure in college, we made 3D books for nursery children and an electronic Electrocardiogram machine for heart patients,” he said.
University of Petroleum & Energy Studies (UPES) is located in Dehradun. The admission is open in UPES in various UG and PG courses like B.Tech, M.Tech, LLB, LLM, B.Des. M.Des, etc. Admission is based on national level entrance exams or based on University’s own entrance exam like UPSEAT for B.Tecg, UPES DAT for M.Des and B.Des, ULSAT for LLB and LLM, and UPESPAT for B.Pharma.