A 14 year old boy created quite a stir in the Vibrant Gujarat Summit when he signed a Rs 5 crore deal with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat to facilitate production of drones.
Harshwardhan Zala bagged the deal that will help his self-designed drones to be used for detection and diffusion of land mines in war zones.
Inspiration and Funding
The class 10 boy had prepared 3 prototypes of the drone. “The inspiration struck when I was watching television and learned that a large number of soldiers succumb to injuries sustained due to landmine blasts while defusing them manually,” he said.
“I first created a land mine detecting robot but realised that since the weight is heavy it would trigger a blast and damage it so I thought of creating a drone which will be at a safe distance while detecting the mines,” said Harshwardhan.
He spent 5 lakhs on the prototypes. While 2 lakhs were funded by his parents for the two prototypes, the rest 3 lakhs were required for the third prototype which was granted by the state government. He started working on his prototypes in 2016.
The student said that he was interested in science and innovation for several years and he was duly inspired by his parents in his journey.
His desire to get the drone patented and produced was fueled by his visit to Google, Inc Headquarters when he had gone on an all expense paid trip to the US after winning a prize during an innovation event.
How the Drone Works
The student of Sarvoday Vidhyamandir in Bapunagar explained – “The drone has been equipped with infrared, RGB sensor and thermal meter along with a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter that can take high resolution pictures as well”
So during times of war the army can send the drones to survey minefields, pick of locations of the mines and submit their findings to base station remotely.
The drone is designed to fly 2 feet above the ground and send out waves covering 8 sq meter. These waves detect landmine and communicate with a base station.
The drone also carries a bomb weighing 50 gram which can be used to destroy the landmine.
His new company is called ‘Aerobatics 7 Tech Solutions’ and he expects to inform investors about his company and he is optimistic that they will invest in his company. He aspires to create more gadgets through his company and grow bigger than Apple and Google one day.
I wish him all the best and more such success in the coming years.