Child Prodigy Saarang Sumesh Creates Another Useful Robotic Product

Destination-Kerala-Maker Fest

Ahmedabad:When the little boy saw his mother clean the floor of their house with some effort, he put his thinking cap on to help her get rid of daily drudgery in an ingenious way. He came out with a cleaning robot that sweeps the dust off the floor immaculately, much to the relief and amusement of his doting mother.

Eight-year-old Saarang  Sumesh, who hails from Kochi in Kerala, did it when he was barely five and had just started going to school. And it earned him Rajeev Circle Fellowship, a ticket to Silicon Valley, last year.

The cleaning robot was a showstopper in the 2016 edition of Maker Fair at Ahmedabad, a top draw event for young innovators and startups introduced in India in 2013 by Asha Jadeja Motwani, a US-based serial angel investor, entrepreneur and backer of IT startups in India.

The list of Sumesh’s achievements is incredible. He was the youngest speaker among great scientists and makers across the world at Fab12 Conference (Fablab, MIT Boston) at Shenzhen, China; he is also the youngest Tedx Speaker in the world. Further, he participated as the youngest ‘Maker’ in the worlds’ largest Maker Faire in California, USA.

A Class III student of Choice School in Kochi, Sumesh has now come out with a smart seat belt, which can understand a string of accident scenarios and respond accordingly. It has additional safety for elderly people and small children.

Sumesh is expected to showcase the device at the ongoing fourth edition of Maker Fair here.  The innovative device can sense when the accident is happening and secure the safety of passengers. It can sense fire or water and release the seat belt quickly. It can also sense if a vehicle is upside down and slowly release the seat belt.

“I invented this device when I overheard a conversation between my father and mother describing problems of normal seat belts in a school bus that may not easily release after an accident and thus a great danger for children. I wanted to make this for small children in school buses,” said Sumesh..

Sumesh, who is influenced by the Prime Minister’s ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, plans to build a bigger and stronger Arduino-based robot and attach it with a vacuum cleaner using brush-less motors.