Cleancube has been designed remotely by the team from Electrical, and Electronics and Communications Engineering
Contactless delivery has become the new normal in the pandemic. Post-lockdown after the first wave, there was a surge in online buying but there was no systematic process to sanitise those packages.
Over time, it became a standard practice to leave goods in the open for a few hours as a safeguard against contracting the Coronavirus. But that was hardly a foolproof method.
This prompted four students from the Institute of Engineering and Management (IEM) to conceive of a device that could safely isolate and disinfect items brought in from outside. They came up with the Cleancube, a box in which you can place a package and sanitise it.
The brains behind Cleancube:
The device has been designed by Arvil Sen, Shreyashi Sen, Sayantan Pal and Sumalyo Dutta -- all third-year students of the Electrical, and Electronics and Communications Engineering departments of IEM.
“We observed that in all the households, products were being left untouched for hours after being brought home. We wanted to automate and make this process of sanitisation much more efficient. Through the use of Cleancube, consumers don’t even need to go close to the delivery agent. The basic idea is to facilitate contactless delivery,” said Sayantan, a student of Electrical Engineering and one of the team members.
The device was ranked among the top six products in the Atmanirbhar Bharat category at the Indian International Science Festival 2020.
“The entire process of designing Cleancube has been done remotely. Though that was challenging, it feels rather fulfilling to see the product now. The fact that we managed to do the entire thing without even meeting only adds to the feeling. We are thankful to the college for helping us with access to the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Cell, without which this wouldn’t have been possible,” said Sumalyo, a third-year student of Electronics and Communications Engineering and one of the designers.
How the device works:
-- First, you place the package in the Cleancube, which has an electronically-controlled lock that can be handled through an application connected through Bluetooth. Any package or item brought in from outside can be placed in the box and locked in.
-- The app algorithm figures out the number of items and the total weight in the box, based on which it recommends a time duration for which the item should be left in the box to effectively sanitise and make it ready for use.
-- With one click, you can set a timer on the app which in turn sends a signal to the box. The box subsequently sets time intervals to sanitise the package.
-- Once the time interval is over and the sanitisation is done, you are notified so that the items can be taken out.
-- The core of Cleancube can be placed in any box and thus be converted into a clean cube. The technology is customisable. It can use various sanitisation methods like mist sprays or UV rays in keeping with the requirement and choice of the consumer.
-- The box and the application are lightweight and easy to install.
The team is now looking for investors who can help fund them to launch Cleancube as an affordable commercial product for public use.
Apart from the app, the team has been working on providing alternative authentication mechanisms to locking and unlocking the box, like radio frequency identification cards.
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