India's 2010 TR35: Top Innovators Under 35
Prajwal V. Kumar, 30
Mangalore Robotronics Technologies
A remote controlled system for power tiller.
A bachelor in electronics and communication from Visveswaraiah Technological University, Karnataka, Prajwal Kumar specializes in robotics and automation. He has recently developed a remote controlled system for power tiller. Farmers have to walk along with the power tiller to control its direction. However, now the electronics remote control device can enable the farmers to operate his power tiller without even getting into the field. It ain't just this. His other inventions include tree-climbing and harvesting robots, paddy field weeding machine, industrial inspections robots, and an unmanned ground vehicle (UGV).
"Prajwal is very creative, intelligent, and a hardworking person. His innovative remote controlled system for power tiller will solve the major problem of farmers who used to operate the power tiller in hot sun, heavy rains, and had to go walking along with the machine controlling its direction for 10 hours a day. Prajwal has found his potential costumer and has supplied 50 pilot pieces as a demo unit for the Bangalore-based VST Tiller Tractors Limited. This technology is one of its kind in the whole world which will bring a revolution in the field of farming," says Nanajunda, a financial advisor to Kumar and a chartered accountant in Bangalore.
Kumar cofounded Mangalore Robotronics Technologies in Surathkal, Karnataka, in 2006.
"His development is a next generation technology and a revolutionary concept in power farming in the agricultural sector with potential for commercialization across the globe," says P. Suresh Bhat, director, NITK-Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park (NITK-STEP), National Institute of Technology, Karnataka.