Cutting Edge 2017: “Where IoT Entrepreneurs come to Life”
In line with the theme ‘Internet of Things (IoT) and Entrepreneurship’, the Informatics Institute of Technology (IIT) succeeded in hosting their annual exhibition, Cutting Edge 2017 for the 15th consecutive time on a large scale. On the 29th and 30th of June starting from 9.00 am at BMICH, we saw over 64 businesses and ICT projects showcased by the IIT students and in addition seminars regarding the theme as well as awareness programs and a live webcast with iFM radio station (IIT’s own intra-University radio channel). This event is a host through which students are tested on their ability, skills, and vision to harness technology in order to solve real-time difficulties with regard to IT or business. During this time period of the exhibition, any interested entity was allowed to interact with the founders of a particular project in order to clarify doubts and for further demonstrations.
A list of projects in a nutshell
After the traditional formalities were concluded, the exhibition was officially open to all students and other public entities. Among the 120 projects, here is a list of the few that we thought to be quite fascinating.
- The Trekker: Simply a bag which will aid in packing, however along with an automated zipper controlled by an Android app, it also has several inbuilt sensors to identify the weight of the bag and also will have the capacity to segment out different areas of the bag with various items. Thus, if an item is missing, sensors will detect it and if the bag is too heavy, there will be a notification to the wearer to adjust the bag accordingly.
- Pik-it: If you have ever been pickpocketed or if you have the tendency to lose or misplace your wallet, Pik-it, has the knack to locate your wallet and issue an alarm if it’s stolen or missing. For added security, the Pik-it wallet has fingerprint authentication thus only you can unlock it. This may not be ideal in emergency situations or if your fingerprint cannot be detected.
- Phase Maps: A navigation system joined with location-based advertising such as geo advertising and a phase beacon. Simply put, if you’re in an area, you can see a list of available offers and promotions in that area.
- Ring of health: A wearable device that connects via Bluetooth to a mobile application. It gathers the BPM of your pulse and heart. If the wearer goes through a cardiac arrest, it will alert the doctor or relatives.
- APEX (Smart Tooth Detector): Detects dental cavities and provides a solution for it. Gives you a live view of your teeth and shows results via a mobile app, quite handy at present since there are many time constraints for those who have a busy schedule and are unable to visit the doctor or take their children to the doctor as well.
- MedPhil: A smart pill holder; this reminds you of your medicine dosages and tracks when you take it. Generates an alert if you miss a dosage and captures recorded data.
- Dentalcare: A smart brush attachment to your toothbrush that includes an alarm to remind you to track your brushing gestures. Mobile app will guide you through correct patterns and areas of your mouth to brush and also keeps brushing history.
- SKID: Alert system for accidents, checks impact, rollover, and temperature. In a case of an accident, it will alert emergency services and your emergency contact. The second prototype will be having sensors as well.
- Secure Communication using Near Ultra Sound: using 18k hz sound waves to transfer encrypted messages. Can be used as a separate device for secure payments.
- Blindsake: Smart glasses for the blind. Gives pseudo vision, object recognition, context awareness and emotional understanding.
- Link: A forum or rather a platform to post about subjects and make announcements.
- Imechanics: an AIO platform for vehicles for services, guides, and roadside assistance. Can also have vehicle registration and insurance. Breakdowns, car wash and flat tires too. It’s a platform which connects mechanics to drivers and also has an inbuilt reviewing system as well.
- Luminaire: A light that intelligently shifts color temperature from a cold tone to a warm tone depending on the time of day.
- EmployeeNet: An AIO platform for work. Think of it as Facebook for work where you can add tasks, update your status and assign tasks to employees.
- Aspired: A platform for those with autism to find employment. Due to the digital divide many of those who have disabilities cannot find a proper job opportunity, thus this will bridge that gap.
- School Con: A platform to connect teachers to students to keep track of your child’s academic career. You can also pay school fees and track exam results.
- Wedding101: An AIO wedding planner, which is a collaboration of every element needed to plan a successful wedding (Rings, dresses, cakes, flowers, etc.).
- Pickayur: A platform to bridge the communication gap between patients and doctors to increase Ayurveda exposure.
- Bunch Bus: a participatory approach to reducing bus bunching and its consequences in the private bus industry in Sri Lanka. This is a must-needed approach in this country as many would say.
- Icleaner: A Wall-E like device that can be used to clean areas that are hard to reach. The device will first map out an area and send the results back to the user. From there, the user can select if he/she wants the entire area cleaned or only a selected area. The robot is launched from a docking station to which it returns either after its work is complete or when it needs to be recharged.
- Project SPOMS: This is an add-on for an ERP system that aids in eradicating the issues related to incorrect consumption measures during allocations to purchase orders when creating a bill of materials.
- MobileShopperForYou: RFID based shopping queue
- OfferMe: Online marketing platform targeting businesses and customers. Businesses can post their offers and promotions and push them to customers. Customers, in turn, can see available promotions relevant to their location, Businesses can also carry out personalized shopping promotions based on data gathered.
- SimplyFresh: A platform to encourage organic growing and selling of produce with tips and tricks and a shopping cart as well.
Others include; CreateWithEyes, Gasometer, Intelligent Advertising System, Safe Plant, Source co-pilot and Pulze.
All these above-mentioned projects in the Cutting Edge 2017, were quite interesting and each of them can be applied to real-world problems (Shopping ques, safety problems and so on). All the projects were built upon solely on their own ideas and viewpoints regarding society and each of them was striving towards implementing a better tomorrow and thus all of them should be appreciated for putting in all their efforts into making their projects a success.
Last but not least this remarkable event, Cutting Edge 2017, concluded after the awards ceremony. All participants were awarded the certificate of participation accordingly. Afterward, under the following categories, the rest was appreciated.
Best Poster (1st Year)
- 1st Place: Mine Survivor
- 2nd Place: Cook Mate
- 3rd Place: Wi-Fi controlled Syp Robot
SE and BIS (1st year)
- 1st place: Smart Pillow
- 2nd place: Luminaire
- 3rd place: Gasometer
- 1st Place: Safe plant
- 2nd Place: Pik it
- 3rd Place: iMechanix
- Sma – (3rd Year)
- SE – (Final Year)
Thus the event concluded, and we all eagerly wait for next year to see the talents of the young minds who aim at finding solutions to common problems faced by all. IIT set the bar high once again with the standard of education and real world experience that should be given for their students.