Like an SUV, only better We are telling our story about the inventions of the children’s technopark residents

June 3
Science and innovation

Assemble your own robot and launch a rocket into outer space? Or how to help people to handle insomnia? The children’s technoparks in Moscow give the young inventors the opportunity to bring the most audacious designs to life, as well as to get familiarized with cutting-edge technologies and professions of the future as early as in primary school.

“There are 18 children’s technoparks open all over Moscow, and the number of their residents exceeds 330 thousand. Children may take more than 350 training programs in 41 sought-after fields. Here, they get acquainted with science-intensive professions, acquire modern equipment operating skills, and create their own projects in various fields,” says Alexey Fursin, the head of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development Department.

The children work on inventions that are truly impressive. These include projects of urban gentrification and smart housing, training machines with virtual reality technologies, various robots, working models of small spaceships. Go to mos.ru to read about the technoparks’ current projects.

The Siberian Tiger

Georgy Bondar has been working for three years on the improvement of his agricultural robot, which will allow developing the precision farming in Russia. Presently Georgy is a freshman in the National Research and Technology University MISiS and is a member of the Underground Robotics community where he works to improve the existing prototypes and to invent new robots. In the past, Georgy was progressing as a resident of the children’s technopark“Kulibin Pro”

“Initially, our task was to assemble a model for the global robotics contest, Food Matters, which is one of the UN’s sustainable development goals. The fact is, by 2050, there will be 10 billion people on the planet, and everyone must be fed. It means, we have to increase food production and we need to implement robotic technologies in agriculture. We thought we need to create a robot that would move across fields, take different measurements, and watch the condition of the plants. And we have designed such a platform,” the inventor tells us.

Photo by Yulia Ivanko, Mos.ru

Georgy based his project on the interconnection between precision farming, crop yields, and digital economics. The farmer robot he created, Siberian Tiger, represents a multipurpose device that analyzes crops and sprays the fields with fertilizers and crop protection agents.

This is how the robot operates: it drives around the fields, scans the crops, detects diseases, photographs the diseased area, and sends the photos to the server. The photos are then processed by a neuron network, its algorithm identifies the leaves of the plants and sorts them by disease. All the photos are sent to a chatbot in Telegram, and the farmer receives information about the location of the disease center and the cause of the problem.

“The robot photographs the plants, while the photos are sent to a neuron network that identifies the disease. I collected the dataset for these images in the Timiryazev Academy’s botanical garden. The motion of the robot is unique because each wheel can turn 360 degrees vertically, which means it is an omnidirectional, all-wheel-drive device that has good off-road performance. It is electrical, works with a battery, and can drive around for two to three hours with one charge. It’s like an SUV, only better,” Georgy says.

The inventors used Tesla batteries for the platform, as well as a hybrid energy supply system based on solar batteries. At that, the robot is easily folded to a dimension of 110 x 110 x 130 centimeters. Georgy Bondar’s project became a winner of many contests. These contests include the Moscow School Students’ Olympiad, “The Engineers of the Future”, “Robofest”, and even the World Robot Olympiad in Thailand. This year in February, the project was presented at the TatAgroExpo exhibition.

Georgy’s team has already tested the device in the experimental fields of Timiryazev Academy; they have started the process of raising investments as well.

“I plan to get this model to an industrial option with its own size, and then to scale the model up and implement it in agriculture at that stage. Of course, we would need investments for that. If we speak specifically about this prototype, Timiryazev Academy is interested in having it as an educational sample. Recently, I have pitched my project to the academy’s professors,” the inventor says.

For Sound Sleep

A team of school students has implemented an automated sleep quality improvement system project, working from the Trayektoria Vzlyota children’s technopark within the Moscow Aviation Institute.

Today, many people suffer from stress-induced insomnia and other sleep disorders. That is why Maxim Pyankov, Egor Krasnov, Dmitry Popov, Dmitry Elovsky, Artemy Alexandrov and Matvey Lapin have created a device that helps solving this problem.

“We have created this system to help people handle sleep deprivation. During the pandemic, the problem got worse, since many scientists noted that the quality of sleep has gotten worse. Our invention is some sort of smart speaker with cool stuffing: all the necessary electronics, loudspeakers, a diffuser, as well as a smart home control system. When you are falling asleep, your curtains automatically close and the lights fade out, and when you wake up, it can signal your coffee maker for it to brew you a cup of coffee,” Maxim Pyankov, one of the authors, tells us.

Maxim Pyankov

To create an innovative device, the students have consulted with somnologists and analyzed scientific papers. As a result, the project was based on engaging all five senses. The device is integrated into a smart home system and is controlled by a mobile app. It can switch on soothing lighting, play crackling fire sounds that are conductive to sleep, and even create a scent. This is controlled by a section loaded with water and essential oils. The young inventors are planning to sell the app in the App Store and Google Play.

“Science has proved that gradual light dimming, nice smells and relaxing music are conductive to the process of falling asleep. We have included all these options in our invention. If you don’t have a smart home system, the invention would still be useful. Yes, your curtains won’t open and close at your command, but you will still have the scents, the sounds, and the LED color-changing backlight. We are doing everything we can to keep as many functions as possible even without the smart home option,” notes Maxim Pyankov.

The Saving Umbrella

Smart technologies are applied in the invention of a resident of the Altair children’s technopark within the Russian Technology University MIREA-RTU. Artyom Kozlovsky is a laureate of the Future’s Engineers Conference and a winner of the Fifth Research and Development Conference of Students and Postgraduates of MIREA-RTU. At the technopark, he was trained in Radio Development and created a smart umbrella that can save you from sunburns at the beach.

Photo by Yulia Ivanko, Mos.ru

“I like going to resorts, and sunburns are often a problem for me. So, I had this idea to create an umbrella that could automatically change direction with the sun. The smart umbrella moves towards the sun, so, even if you fall asleep on the beach, it will save you from sunburns. The umbrella has built-in solar panels that charge the device and allow the user to charge gadgets as it has USB sockets. I have worked on this project for three months, sometimes, eight hours a day. The most complicated thing was to set up the chip to send signals to the drives which would direct the umbrella towards the sun. Assembling the drives and connecting them to the umbrella was also a complicated task,” Artyom Kozlovsky says.

He says that the project required him to apply his knowledge in both programming and design. He had to program the chip in such a was so that it would send the correct signals to the drives, and, at the same time, he needed to 3D print a model in order to connect the umbrella with servos.

“The children’s technopark programs have been taken by about 10 thousand school students. Every year, our schoolboys and girls create about fifteen hundred projects and compete with them in municipal, all-Russian and international contests. Although most of the programs were remote this year, it did not stop our project design activity. More than a thousand children have created their projects using the base of the technopark, and over 500 have become finalists of municipal and all-Russian contests,” says Vera Rogova, the curator of Altair children’s technopark of MIREA-RTU.

Each of the young inventors is convinced that their project will find its application and will be useful to people, albeit not at once.

“The journey of any innovation from project development to mass production is not as fast as it may seem, therefore, many inventions of children’s technopark residents are modified or wait potential investors. But as early as today, the leading Russian companies see our residents’ enormous potential. I have no doubt that the country’s R&D sector will soon experience massive growth due to our alumni,” notes Alexey Fursin.
Source: mos.ru

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