Four fourth-year students of Srinivas Institute of Technology- SIT Mangalore are into the limelight of achievement by successfully developing a Monowheel. The MonoWheel is the redesigned bike in its simplest form where only one wheel is incorporated covering the whole mechanism at the least price value. The project by the students is being considered as the best project in the institute. The project has a single wheel at the outer portion where the driver sits inside the round outer frame.
The monowheel is a challenge to the future of engineering and automobile engineering. Mohit Mathew, one of the students behind the project noted that the MonoWheel is useful to reduce the space which is occupied by a two-wheeler, the technology negotiates narrow spaces.
Mathew pointed out that the invention can be used widely in agriculture and industrial purposes. In the present state, the driver himself has to balance the MonoWheel but it can be equipped by gyroscopic sensors in future to make the technology maintain balance on itself in its axis. It has cost 18,000 rupees to make the prototype of MonoWheel. The developers assume that the production cost can be cut down by 30% from the present rates if put through a mass production level.
The assistant professor of the department of Automobile at SIT, Prof. Santhosh Kumar has informed that the weight of the MonoWheel can be reduced by 10% if future research is conducted on development on its components. Prof. Santhosh has lauded the students and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Institute for granting them such opportunities by workshops and research and letting the student use the laboratory and college machinery even after the college hours.
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