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Interesting Courses at IIT Bombay

Summer 2010

  • SOM:
  • IDC:
    • ID 631: Product Design I – R. Sandesh,
      (25th October – 12th November , everyday) OR
    • ID 665: Design Workshop I – RAO A.G
    • ID 641: Product Planning, Strategy and Marketing – B.K.Chakravarthy
      (Every Tuesday 9:30 – 17:00, IDC Auditorium, till October 19th)
    • VC 605: Photo Communication – Sudesh Balan (7th-22nd October everyday) √ (done this earlier with Raja Mohanty)
    • ID 643: Design Issues: Looks okay – not too promising
      (Wednesday, Friday 8:30-9:25)
  • Mechanical:
    • ME621: Mathematical Methods for Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Energy:
  • Physics:
    • Non Linear Dynamics and Chaos (Awesomely Taught!) – Punit Parmananda √ (done) “Had done it earlier, will do it again!” Review: “PP is a fantastic teacher. He talks all practical stuff. Every other class is a practical application presentation by students. Awesome Course! Wanna Do it Again! Highly Recommended”

(last update: Added MG785 20th Sept; timetable for IDC Courses, et. al; 22nd July)

This is a top of the head list. This post will frequently get updated in the next 2 weeks.



Powered Exoskeletons

Powered Exoskeletons

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The Future is Bionic…

I have always fascinated about the powers of the Bionic man. Bionic man is a very wide term whose pinnacle would be to create an artificial being. Today research in that area is progressing – an example of that is the stem cell. But talking about that would be science-fiction. So lets talk about something more real.

…so what about the present?

Have you seen science fiction movies like Avatar, G.I Joe or Iron Man? They wear a suit that

  • enable them to lift extremely heavy objects
  • run at great speeds, and even fly!
  • among other things – Iron Man also had a power source in the suit that kept him alive but that doesn’t interest us! 😉

Do you think such things could really exist, today? Yes, it happened last year at IIT. I was amazed when I saw people wearing a mechanical exoskeleton and jumping over a entire car in a single leap! During Techfest 2009 a team of performers called “3Run” from UK displayed a stunning Parkour performance! Two of them were wearing exoskeletons (3Run doesn’t mention this on their website) which I believe looks just like the ones produced by PowerSkip, a German company.

Read More: A report on Artificial Exoskeletons [PDF]

TODO: Engineering of Powered Exoskeletons