Two Indian students, Janmejay Singh Rathore and Jaspreet Kaur, have been awarded the prestigious Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE award for their idea of ‘Colour Coded Thermometer’.
They were among 31 students who bagged the award out of the 28,000 entries received by National Innovation of India (NIF). It was given to them by President Pranab Mukherjee.
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Award is a national competition of original technological ideas and innovations by children up to class 12 or those out of school up to the age of 17 years.
Jaspreet, a class 10 student of Police DAV Public School, got the idea when she tried to measure the temperature of her father but couldn’t determine the exact temperature using the conventional thermometer.
Her father was suffering from typhoid and used to get fever frequently.
The thermometer proposed by her has three lights: red for high temperature, blue for low temperature and green for normal temperature.
“This makes the task of reading temperatures easy for those who are not educated,” said Jaspreet.
Jaspreet, who hails from Jalandhar, added:
“I want the thermometer to reach as many people as possible. My classmates are so supportive that they told me that once the thermometer is manufactured, they will buy it in bulk and distribute it.”
NIF organises this competition every year in association with Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), Honey Bee Network and other state educational boards and other partners and also helps to adopt scientific and rational approach towards life and adopt science in routine lives.
Another young innovator from Bangalore, Janmejay Singh Rathore, wants the color coded thermometer to be used by people living in rural areas.
His concept of thermometer not only gives exact temperature, but also gives out precautionary measures and even dials an ambulance in case of an emergency.
The thermometer has a speaker that can read out the temperature through a voice message.
“Its working is extremely simple and efficient. The change in the colour of LEDs through green, orange and red with various combinations tells the seriousness of the situation. In case of limitations of the user like poor colour identification or complete blindness, it works through a series of sounds and vibrations to convey its message.”
A class 12th student, Janmejay, explains that the thermometer can be used for dairy and poultry animals.
“I am also working on connecting the thermometer from the nerves under the tongue to the cardiac nerves to know about the heart condition,” he added.