One name which kept ringing in the 8th edition of the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is that of Harshwardhan Zala. The 14-year-old child natural born player finalized Rs 5-crore deal with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat. Harshwardhan Zala signed the contract to facilitate the production of drones which will help detect and defuse land mines on war fields. The 14-year-old genius has presently set up his company known as ‘Aerobotics 7.’
When questioned he said, “The inspiration struck when I was watching television and learned that a large number of soldiers succumb to injuries sustained due to landmine blasts while defusing them manually.” The 14-year-old further added, “The drone has been equipped with infrared, RGB sensor and thermal meter along with a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter that can take high-resolution pictures as well.”
The drone is developed to send waves that deal with eight sq. mt area while flying two feet over the surface; the waves identify land mines and communicate their location with a base station. The drone also holds a bomb weighing 50 gram that can be used to eliminate the landmine.
Zala has been doing work on his business plan and made three prototypes of the drone which cost the boy roughly Rs 5 lakh.