Young inventors

AMG pupils develop GPS helmet

Gowrinadh (on the left side of picture) is 15 and an orphan. His friend Johny (right) is only 13. Both go to the eighth and tenth class respectively of the AMG School in Chilakaluripet in the Indian State of Andhra Pradesh. Together they are also successful constructors: working in a team, they have won a competition in their homeland, which was held to get pupils interested in modern technology. Their contribution to the competition: a motorbike helmet, which independently can record and forward a driver’s location. This is possible thanks to GPS technology, which is known from navigation devices.

Refining, continuing, not giving up: by the time the prototype was finished and working, Johny and Gowrinadh had had to cope with quite a few setbacks.

Refining, continuing, not giving up: by the time the prototype was finished and working, Johny and Gowrinadh had had to cope with quite a few setbacks.

Early practice makes the master

Johny tells us: “Together with our teacher, we developed the idea of a helmet with integrated GPS receiver and various safety functions.” For example, the helmet has a warning system for excessive speeds and even an engine immobiliser if the driver does not wear his protective headgear or if he had alcohol. Also practical: a mini-cooling system.

For three months, the boys worked on their project after school. “Developing the helmet was not easy”, says Johny and Gowrinadh adds: “Initially, several first attempts just failed.”

Prize for hard work

However, their efforts were well worth it and in the end they succeeded in constructing a prototype, which they could enter in the competition – and which even awarded them the first prize.

The two future technicians are not quite sure what comes next. They are still working on further functions of the helmet; but they are sure that another project will not be far off.