Pawan Kumar, a BTech student living in Block 9, Rajnagar, Ghaziabad, has invented a smart dustbin which prompts the user to empty it via SMS. The 21-year-old student of Shree Ganpati Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad, unveiled his invention at a college exhibition on January 12.
The dustbin, once full, is designed to send out repeated alerts till it is emptied. Earlier, Kumar had also invented a T-shirt fitted with solar cells that allowed the wearer to charge one's phone on the go.
"I was awarded Rs 5,100 by my institute for the T-shirt. I used it to finance this invention," said Kumar. "I wanted to do something that would help keep the neighbourhood clean. Apart from the programming bit, which a friend of mine helped me with, the entire thing has been created by me. The programme has been written in C, enabling the sensor to issue commands by itself."
Kumar also said that with sufficient funding, he would be able to incorporate GPS into the dustbins, so all of them could be managed from a centralised control room.
Speaking to City Spidey, Kumar said he now wanted to demonstrate his invention to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He added that he had already drafted a letter for the PM to go along with his presentation. "I am also planning to approach the local civic agencies with the idea," Kumar said.
"I did not receive much support from my family, as they do not approve of this 'fiddling around with stuff'," said Kumar. "My parents are not even aware of the project or the fact that I have presented it at a college exhibition."