Product Design Development & Engineering
TRANSPORTATION - AUTOMOBILES
1. A Battery operated Three Wheeler for confined spaces has been conceptualized, designed and prototyped in 2000. This project was sponsored by DASAG an Indo -Swiss firm. It is designed for the use of handicapped and also as a non polluting in-campus transport for the aged. The working prototype was tested for use within the campus of the IISc.
2. Conceptualization, design and development of an industry level prototype of a Low pollution Hybrid - Electric Three Wheeler for Indian road and usage conditions, sponsored by a Swiss consortium. The body, chassis, structure, interior cabin & drivers console were conceptualized, designed and simulated as part of the Industrial design contribution. A working prototype was made and tested. An international multidisciplinary team was co-coordinated. A team of electronic & mechanical engineers have contributed respectively to the end result.
3. Industrial Electronic Instruments , Equipments, Communication and other Products
Over 25 small and medium Electronic instruments, equipment & products have been developed to the level of working prototypes, six of which have been patented under the design registration act.The housing, assembly, layout, processes, fabrication & finish aspects were developed as part of a team with electronics engineering counterparts. All these projects were industry sponsored. Aspects such as Form, Materials, Processes, Manufacture, Assembly, Layout, Ergonomics, Aesthetics have been the main contribution while working with electronic engineers on industrial electronic products.
4. Crafts - Indigenous and Appropriate Technology.
Cross cultural transposition of patterns, motifs and grids from traditional products / textiles of India’s north-east, into utilitarian products, all the time attempting to keep material ethnicity and local craft practices intact. The new designs developed from part of the cross -cultural studies in Semantics with emphasis on the transfer of iconology and iconography from traditional crafts to mass produced utilitarian products without disrupting the cultural ethonography.