A self-taught digital technician from Thodupuzha, Kerala, Biju Narayanan has all the time been curious in regards to the functioning of various digital units. As he was rising up, his love for electronics started when he began listening to the radio.
“In my childhood, radio wasn’t quite common in my village. Although there have been a couple of who owned one, my household couldn’t afford it at the moment. So, I needed to construct a radio by myself,” Biju tells The Higher India.
On the age of 12, he constructed a working radio all by himself. “It was certainly my curiosity that made me discover and be taught electronics by myself. I didn’t have a mentor; what I realized was purely by studying books and my experiments,” he says.
The success of constructing a radio opened a brand new path for him. He continued his experiments with electronics and turned this into his career. Just a few years down the lane, he began innovating new digital units along with his sensible data.
“I needed to seek out options to the problems we face every day,” says the 52-year-old, who says he has innovated over 20 units thus far. Amongst his improvements within the final 20 years, the ‘Good Photo voltaic DC Mixie with Grinder’ stands out for a lot of causes.
Biju explains that the mixie may be operated both by solar energy or electrical energy, and has a battery backup of as much as eight hours. Not like regular mixies, it has the flexibility to carry out a wide range of duties and has round 15 distinctive options.
“This mixie can be utilized not just for grinding but additionally for grating coconut and chopping greens in numerous sizes and styles,” says Biju. It will also be used to cost cell phones, join WiFi modems, and performance as a vacuum cleaner.
He received the Rural Innovation Award for this innovation in 2021 from the Kerala State Authorities.
Nurturing a ardour for innovation
It wasn’t a simple childhood for Biju, whose father was a blacksmith and confronted monetary struggles. Biju says that he loved listening to music and this was additionally one of many causes that pushed him to construct a radio on his personal.
“After I was at school 4, I discovered a e-book that taught the fundamentals of constructing a radio. Over time, I began exploring extra and commenced working on defective radios. Ultimately, I gained an intensive understanding of its functioning and was able to construct my very own. The primary programme I heard by my radio was Vividh Bharati,” he recollects.
As time handed, radio was changed by tv however Biju stored his curiosity alive. He says that by the point he was in pre-degree, he began repairing tv units as effectively. After ending his pre-degree, Biju started working as an electronics technician full-time. Inside a couple of years, he arrange his personal restore store and likewise a cassette store.
“Regardless that I discontinued my research after my pre-degree, I continued my self-study of electronics. I largely realized by books and hands-on expertise,” he provides.
Across the late Nineties, when Biju was working his electronics restore store, he began constructing a number of helpful devices. “I innovated a cordless tv booster by which one can hook up with the TV safely, thereby decreasing the chance of getting an electrical shock whereas plugging within the cables,” says Biju.
The all-rounder sensible photo voltaic mixie
After working his restore and cassette store for over 10 years, Biju determined to proceed his earn a living from home.
“It was round this time when a VCR was changed by a CD participant. I needed to shut my restore store attributable to some monetary points. So, I turned extra into analysis and innovation,” says Biju.
Whereas spending extra time at dwelling, he realised the necessity to innovate one thing to ease his spouse’s every day kitchen work. So in 2010, Biju got here up with the primary mannequin of his sensible photo voltaic mixie.
“Mixie is a necessary kitchen gadget, however ineffective when there’s no energy. Again then, we used to face frequent energy cuts, particularly throughout monsoons. And my spouse would wrestle to handle the kitchen work with out a functioning mixie. This gave me the thought of innovating one which might work even with out electrical energy,” he explains, including that he first constructed a primary mannequin with simply the grinding function.
Biju says that the motor of the mixie is the power of the innovation. It took him over a decade to innovate and modify the mixie by including extra options.
The sensible photo voltaic mixie may be charged utilizing a 20W photo voltaic panel or by a direct energy connection. “As soon as absolutely charged the mixie can function with a backup of as much as eight hours. As it isn’t related to energy, it may be used even throughout thunderstorms or when there’s no energy,” he elaborates.
The mixie additionally incorporates a cell charging port and an emergency lamp, and it may be related to a WiFi modem. It additionally has an inbuilt radio and USB ports for attaching pen drives.
“Because the gadget works on a DC motor, there may be not a lot noise. As a security function, I’ve added a sensor for detecting smoke or LPG leakage within the kitchen. The mixie whistles when it detects the smoke. Moreover, we will connect a fan to it, and it may be transformed right into a blower or a vacuum cleaner. The latest add-on to its options is the distant management,” explains Biju.
His household has been utilizing the mixie for the previous a number of years.
Biju says he has received a number of awards and recognition for his improvements over time.
He innovated Energy ID, a tool to detect battery charging in autos whereas driving, which received the Kerala Startup Mission award. He additionally innovated a black field just like the one in aeroplanes to report audio and visuals whereas driving. A driving care system, which sends out an alert when the driving force dozes off whereas driving or drives carelessly, and a straightforward coconut-breaking machine are a few of his different distinctive improvements.
Biju hasn’t been capable of apply for patents for his improvements due to the applying bills.
“I might like to make and promote the mixie on a business foundation however sadly I can’t afford it proper now,” says Biju, including, “Folks throughout the nation can profit from my sensible photo voltaic mixie. Furthermore, I plan to promote it at an affordable price of Rs 4,500 – Rs 5,000.”
For extra info and enquiries, you’ll be able to contact Biju Narayanan at [email protected]
Edited by Pranita Bhat; Photograph credit: Biju Narayanan