Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Tan Le: A headset that reads your brainwaves

Friday, July 9, 2010

Inspired by 3 Idiots, Jaipur students create a Wonder Bike

    The sharp rise in fuel prices has been a nightmare for millions. Now, a bunch of students from Jaipur have given people a reason to smile. They have designed a wonder bike that runs on compressed air and will cut running costs drastically.

Aamir Khan's cult film, '3 Idiots' inspired the students to come up with this innovation specially his character of 'Rancho'. "All is Well", the catch phrase of '3 Idiots', is what they call their wonder bike.

For almost 6 months, these mechanical engineering students worked on the bike for about 10 hours a day.

"We are not 3 but 5 Idiots who have created this bike that runs on compressed air. From that movie we were inspired to do something new, something innovative in our life," said Pramod Jain, Gyan Vihar University Jaipur.

"Petrol costs frequently rise by 2-3 rupees. So we thought let's do something that can reduce people's misery by reducing the money they need to run their vehicles. We have named this bike 'All is Well' because we feel if people use it, All will be Well in their life," added Ravi Shekhar, another student who worked on the bike.

Taking a normal 4-stroke engine used for bikes, the students modified it into a 2-stroke engine and when they supply it with compressed air, the bike roars off with a single kick.

Though it can't run faster than 30 kilometers an hour, teachers helping the students say the bike has huge advantages.

Rameshwar Jaswal, Head, Mechanical Engineering Dept,Gyan Vihar University, Jaipur said, "As it will run on compressed air, this bike will be pollution free. Also, since we will not need any petrol, the running cost for this will not be even half of normal bikes today."

Besides patenting this design, college authorities now want to tie up with an automobile major to launch this bike commercially that could be as big a hit on roads as the film was at the box office.
Source: NDTV

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Mitchell Joachim: Don't build your home, grow it!