Two final year Mechatronics students of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology (MGIT) have designed and developed a smart and versatile cleaner which not only does sweeping, mopping but also cuts the grass as well. The best part of their design is that the machine is solar powered and comes mounted with a 360-degree camera.
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The three-in-one machine can be controlled remotely and it can adopt to different conditions. It mops the floor, collects dust and waste into a bin attached to it. Later, it can be put to mopping and a choice could be made for either a dry mop or a wet mop.
The MGIT students, M Charanlal and U Anil Kumar said it was their observation of hardships faced by many in sweeping, mopping or cutting grass, spurred them to come up with a device with versatile features and help ease the tasks.
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“We decided and developed this smart and versatile machine as part of final year project work. Firstly, it cleans the floor and if there are any stains on it, wet mopping can be used. There is also a provision for dry mopping. Users need not collect dust and waste on the floor as machine itself does the job,” Charanlal and Arun says.
For lawns, it not just cuts the grass but also smoothens the grass tips which otherwise are rough. This is done by a roller attached to the grass cutter. The Smart and Versatile Cleaner comes with solar panel and it can be operated with solar power besides it has provision for external power supply too, says Charanlal.
The young innovators of MGIT who were guided in the project by HoD Mechatronics, Sudhakar Reddy, and faculty, Sreenivasulu Reddy and P Chandrasekhar, designed the machine in such a way that sweeping and mopping parts are re-attachable. “This helps the user to manually operate both sweeping and mopping machine separately when either solar or external power supply is not available. Mobile phone can also be charged using the machine,” says Arun.
The three-in-one machine is mounted with a 360 degree Wi-Fi camera which aids in remote navigation and monitoring of operations.
“We spent around Rs 1 lakh for putting together this machine. The cost can be reduced to Rs.15,000 to Rs.20,000 when produced in bulk and also depending on user requirements, the machine can be customized,” Charanlal adds.