- POSTED: 17 May 2014 21:43
- UPDATED: 18 May 2014 00:44
Students are getting better at cracking everyday problems with innovative solutions – such is the observation of judges at an annual competition showcasing inventions of engineering students at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
SINGAPORE: Students are getting better at cracking everyday problems with innovative solutions – such is the observation of judges at an annual competition showcasing inventions of engineering students at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
The students’ inventions were displayed at the 16th Engineering, Innovation and Design Open House and Competition at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday.
Soon, the students may also get time off to turn their projects into products.
Some of the inventions of the Year Two students from NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering include tapping senior citizens' EZ-Link cards to free priority seats on trains, and giving the elderly an extra push to help them get up from their seats.
Associate Professor Rajesh Piplani, from NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said: "Every year what we're seeing is, students are working more on current, contemporary issues.
“They're aware of what is happening outside, they read the newspapers, so increasingly, we see them addressing the pain points of society as it is now."
One of the projects is the KoolBliZZZ360, which aims to cut energy consumption.
Instead of depending on the air conditioner, students invented a cooling blanket.
The blanket is fitted with pipes linked to a machine, which pumps chilled water into the pipes to keep the blanket cool.
Hot air that is generated from the machine is channelled into an exhaust pipe, which is linked to a closet.
Users can use the hot air to dry clothes in the closet, while they sleep.
Students said the invention can cut energy use by up to 90 per cent and they hope to roll out more products that can be marketed.
Eugene Tan, a student from NTU’s School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, said: "If the school can allow us more time each semester for us to take a break from our studies to design this product, I think more innovative products can be crafted by our students from NTU, and this will surely bring more benefits to the society of Singapore."
Associate Professor Rajesh Piplani said: "The potential is there, I guess, for them to maybe pause their studies for a semester, and follow this (working on the project), and we support that, and I can see that happening.
“But ultimately, it's really a student's project. If they have the passion, they will see the potential and they have to take it further."
A total of 61 projects were showcased at the Open House.