Whoever visited the Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit was taken aback to see a 14-year-old enthusiastically talking about and working with drones. Harshwardhan Zala is an extraordinary STD 10 student who is working on a model which could save lives on border. For his initiative the state government of Gujarat has signed a Rs 5-crore worth MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with him.
After a few prototypes, Harshwardhan has come up with a solution through which drones can detect and diffuse land mines on war fields. Managing to look beyond his 10th Board exams, this talented young boy is the CEO of his company Aerobotics7 Tech Solutions and is working on ideas which can save people’s life!
Harshwardhan got the idea to work on this project when he was watching television and learned that a large number of soldiers succumb to injuries sustained due to landmine blasts while defusing them manually. Till now, he has spent around Rs 5 lakh to build three prototypes for a drone which can detect landmines and also destroy them.
He has modeled a drone which will be equipped with infrared, RGB sensor and thermal meter as well as a 21-megapixel camera with a mechanical shutter. This will help in taking high-resolution photographs of the area. The drone will send out waves covering an area of eight square metre and will fly two feet above the surface. These waves will detect the land mines and inform the base station about their location. It goes a step ahead that just detection. The drone is made capable of carrying a 50-gram bomb which can destroy the landmine, too.
His father Pradhyumansinh Zala is an accountant with a plastic company based in Naroda while his mother Nishaba Zala is a homemaker. Harshwardhan says that the MoU will help him attract investors for his project. He plans to make his company a bigger identity that Apple Inc and Google Inc.
The 14-year-old says he has always been interested in science and innovation and his parents have been very encouraging of his efforts. Because of his talent he had also won an all expenses paid trip to the US where he visited the Google headquarters and observed the way they worked.