Mumbai: The Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay’s (IIT-B) Techfest 2016-17 stood up to its reputation of being Asia’s largest science and technology festival on the first day itself.
Long queues were seen outside the kiosks, with young budding scientists waiting for their turn to look at the various exhibits. The favourites seemed to be the Indian Army’s ammunitions – the rocket launcher and automatic grenade launcher. It was the first time the Indian Army had participated in the IIT Techfest.
There was Rollkers, a transportation accessory from France which looked like a pair of skates. It could increase a person’s average walking rate up to seven miles an hour. This is a prototype to prove that it is possible to walk with wheels. The skates have a mechanism which stabilises itself so that one does not slip due to the wheels. This is useful when one has to walk for a long distance, said Paul Chavand, CEO, Rollkers who personally attended to queries.
Wearing a trendy-looking blue headset Harshal Shah explained to the visitors, This headset can tell if a person is focussing or not. It can detect brainwaves from the brain’s frontal lobe and read a person’s reaction. His company has sold the device to advertising companies which want to know people’s true reactions on seeing the advertisement.
One of the competitions that drew much crowd-interest was the Robowars. Robots built for the ‘battle of metal’ fought one another in this competition. They are judged on the basis of style, control, damage and aggression.
The techfest will be open till Sunday December 18.