Old is no more gold, New technology paves its way: Engineering student invents camera-integrated thermal scanning machine

Divins Matthew, an engineering student in Kochi developed a device ‘Auto Temp Camera Integration’ which can identify body temperature through thermal screening.

The device has an in-built camera to record the face of the person along with his body temperature.

‘AutoTemp’ is a box-like device that could be placed at entry points. It can sense human temperature through infrared sensors. People have to just wave their hands before it and stand in front of the sensor. If the body temperature is higher than normal, the device’s camera will take a picture of the person and it will be transferred to the connected computer server through Wi-Fi. Health workers can use this data on their mobile or in a desktop for further use.

Divins Mathew is a final year B.Tech computer science student of Rajagiri College of Engineering and Technology Kakkanad at Kochi.

He came up with this idea under the guidance of Dr. Sminu Isudheen, head of the department of computer science at the college.

“It uses a mechanism similar to a thermal gun with IR sensors. But manual intervention is required for using thermal guns. Our device is fully automated and it can be mounted at entry points. The LED display will give messages to people and the green light will blink if their temperature is normal. If the red light blinks, it indicates abnormal temperature. The concerned officials can access the data stored through the mobile app Auto Temp,” said Isudheen.

The invention of the device is an attempt to create a helping hand to all the healthcare workers fighting against Covid-19.

“With the idea of minimizing the human contact involved in checking the body temperature, the device was built within a couple of weeks,” Mathew told ANI.

The device, which is battery-operated, also leaves a message after measuring the body temperature. It will say ‘you are fine’ or ‘see a doctor’ based on the temperature of the person.

The device costs around Rs 4000 and according to Dr. Isudheen the college is talking with authorities for its mass production.

“We are perfecting the model and calibrating the sensors with the help of a doctor at IMA. A startup has shown interest in the commercial production and discussions are on,” she said.

Many such innovative projects have been proposed by engineering students and engineers.

Individuals, schools, companies, colleges are stepping in an effort to provide solutions amidst a time when we find ourselves with shortages; medical supplies need to reach our healthcare workers and patients faster.

One such project is the DIY Hack-a-Vent Innovation Challenge. The mission behind this challenge is to pool brilliant minds and expertise to develop a low-cost, non-FDA approved mechanical ventilation support system that can be rapidly produced at local levels with widely available resources. Under this projects many engineers have shared their proposals such as : 

  • The E-Vent (emergency ventilator) project began on March 12 as an effort by a group of MIT-based engineers to enable rapid deployment of an open-source, low-cost ventilator.
  • OnScale, a cloud engineering simulation platform announced a new project to allow collaboration between multiphysics FEA/CFD vendors, medical device manufacturers, engineers, and doctors to create digital twins of the lungs of COVID-19 patients to help doctors improve patient outcomes.

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