Tamil Nadu students make gadget to end all auto thefts

April 25th, 2008 - 8:11 pm ICT by admin  


Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), April 25 (IANS) A team of four IT students has developed a path-breaking gadget that can end all four-wheeler thefts forever. The simple yet effective gadget was developed in a backyard of this industrial hub, 600 km south east of Chennai, by the power of innovation, S. Kavitha, 21, a member of the team told IANS.

“Powered by the blue-tooth technology, our gadget can end theft of all cars once and for all. The mechanism is so designed that even if a thief manages to rifle into a car, he/she cannot travel beyond a maximum distance of 5 metres - the blue-tooth range’s outer limit,” said Kavitha.

“What is more, the thief will have no chance of a getaway because our machine will cause the car’s engine to shut down, lock the doors and trigger a loud beep simultaneously,” she said breathlessly.

Besides Kavitha, the other members of the team are V. Jeevanandam, R. Keshavamurthy and John Joseph.

The four-member team toiled on the project for six months in the backyard of Tamil Nadu College of Engineering, sourcing components from the local market, the team said.

“We searched the internet for existing locking systems and found that none had the complete-solution-based characteristics of our gadget. Rendering the car immobile was the first option and the rest worked itself out,” said Joseph, another mainstay of the group.

The biggest attraction of the gizmo is its price.

“All our components were bought locally and we know that prices are on the higher side as we purchased only what was needed. Yet the per unit price comes to only Rs.3,000. When mass produced, the cost will be greatly reduced,” Kavitha pointed out.

But safeguarding the invention itself from thieves of intellectual property seems to be a daunting task for this team.

“The Government College of Technology in Coimbatore has a record of our process and invention. Hopefully, its intellectual ownership will be safe from those preying on unsuspecting young technocrats like us. Other costlier methods like patenting cannot be attempted at this point in time due to paucity of funds,” she said.

All the four members of the team, from lower-middle class backgrounds, are in their final graduation year in IT.

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