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TechTatva’16: Epsilon

In true Manipal style, Epsilon brought us a perfect amalgamation of engineering and medical science. The category presents four riveting events to bring out the ‘Gregory House’ in every budding engineer out there. Epsilon sure made our heart skip, skip, skip a beat.

Disabled Security                                                                                                                                                                     Sai Spandana Ch

‘Disabled Security’, organised by Epsilon, required the participating teams to come up with innovative ideas and fabricate them into prototypes that might help people with disability. A physical disability could be anything from blindness to speech or hearing impairment.

There were a total of four teams, with each team given an allocated amount of time to interact and present their model to the judges. The judges would then base their scores on how well the idea was presented, the long term practicability and fabrication of such a device as well as the greater good that the product can contribute to. A kit, comprising of various electronic components like Arduino, resisters, and capacitors were provided to the participants prior to the event.

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The event saw interesting ideas such as a home security system called ‘Creyou’. This device was designed to provide security to the disabled, who have to fend for themselves. The front door of the house is operated using an RFID card, a gas sensor is placed in the kitchen to detect methane levels, and a PIR sensor is placed for motion detection. While the turnout was low, the excellent ideas and the free flowing conversation between the judges and the participants made ‘Disabled Security’ a productive event for everyone who participated.

Does Your Grey Matter?                                                                                                                                                         Sai Spandana Ch                           

‘Does Your Grey Matter?’, organised by Epsilon, received a lot of attention last year with over two hundred people participating in the event. Expectations were high as participants trickled into the venue. As expected, the first round of the event saw a good turnout. This round was a general aptitude test with questions, riddles, and puzzles.

Out of the eighty-nine teams that participated in the event, seven teams qualified for the second and final round. In this round, the participating teams were provided with household items like pipes, popsicle sticks, and straws to create a prototype that would provide temporary relief to the patient. The participants were give two problem statements, out of which they had to choose one and base their model on it. The first scenario required the team to come up with a prototype of an arm stabilizer, while the second scenario required them to make a portable support system.

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PC: Photography and Videography department

Coming up with the idea and implementing it was fun, it taught us to work as a team,” said Ajay, one of the participants. Due to the lack of participation, the teams that qualified for an event also happened to qualify for other events. As a consequence, one of the teams had to forfeit and four out of seven teams had events whose timings clashed with this one. With the amount of interest and diligence each team put into fabricating their model, it was a treat to watch them pitch their ideas in front of the judges.

Apollo’s House                                                                                                                                                               Abhinav Kumar

The two round event, ‘Apollo’s House’, was conducted by Epsilon. Participants were organized into teams of two or three, with about fourteen teams present in totality. All the questions in the first round were based on the information given in the material provided, in an open book format. Based on the results of the test, teams would qualify for the next round. Six teams qualified, and only four of them showed up for the final round.

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PC: Photography and Videography department

The teams were provided with an MRI scan of a brain with a tumour, and they were required to use MATLAB to segment the image and find out which quadrant of the image the tumour was in, and then show it separately. They were not armed with the exact location of the tumour, making the second round of ‘Apollo’s House’ akin to a real life situation, with teams racing against the clock to discover the outgrowth.

The aim of the organisers of ‘Apollo’s House’ was to inculcate participants with the vitality of bio-medicine and its applications in real life, and they achieved that without any major hiccups, as all of the participants were able to discover the tumour by applying the techniques they were taught effectively.