Products of student startups a big hit

Student startups at the Centre for Innovation Technology Transfer and Industrial Collaboration (CITTIC), CUSAT have been bringing accolades to the department. Many of their products are sought after by defense services, police and forest department.

Ship Technology Industrial Consultancy (STICON) a startup. marine and naval architecture, claims to be the first student startup to design a passenger vessel for Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Advanced spray coating machine developed by startup SprayPY used by defense personnel in coating wearable and helmets.Start-up Artificial genre Research and Development (AIRND) developed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems and drones, which are used for post-flood mapping in Pathanamthitta and discussions are on for their use in defense surveillance.

STICON is the first student startup to design and develop a passenger vessel of IR (Indian Register of Shipping) class with a capacity of 50 Passengers.Design is complete and it will be handed over to our customer in Andaman and Nicobar islands with government approval.” said Anish Kumar, who has recently completed his Btech in naval architecture at CUSAT.The startup has also developed a fast craft for adventure sea trips, which is in operation at Cherai.

“We expect more support from the government and industry to scale up our innovations at commercial level,” he said.

SprayPy founder Sreekumar R, who completed his MTech and PhD in materiel sciences at CUSAT, initially developed a prototype and then developed an advanced spray coating machine.

“It uses spray pyrolysis method for coating thin films of compound semiconductors,mettal oxides, nanoparticles and polymers to reduce oxidation and defects,” Sreekumar said.

Thls startup obtained space for its unit and a seed fud of Rs. 5 lakh from Maker Village at Kalamassery and Rs 12 lakh from the Kerala Startup Mission.

“This advanced spray coating on nano-particles can be used for safety of defence personnel by using them in wearables such as their clothes, helmets and goggles. It also finds application on smart windows as heat reflectors and protectors. We have application for a patent and are awaiting that,” Sreekumar said.The startup has already obtained four confirmed orders for Its advanced spray coater from universities and research institutions including DRDO, defense bio-engineering and electro-medical lab, MG University and Government College for Women, Thiruvananthapuram.

Startup AIRND, which focuses on Unmanned Aerial Systems(UAS) and future 5G wireless communication systems has got space to set up a unit called AI Aeronautics at the Maker Village. “We have developed three UAV versions, of which one can lift 1 kg payload, other 7 kg payload and the third one 25 kg payload,” said AIRND founder Rubin Ray, who did MTech in wireless tech at CUSAT. Vishnu V Nath, an MTech graduate In robotics at CUSAT was also part of’ the project that began in 2013.