Engineering student introduces mask with mike and speaker
Thrissur: Are you struggling to communicate while wearing a mask? Majority of people in the COVID world have been facing this issue as the multi-layered mask blocks voice. Now, an engineering student here has found an ultimate solution to this.
He developed a miniature voice amplifier that can be connected to the mask or face shield.
Kevin Jacob, first-year computer science student of Thrissur Govt. Engineering College, is the genius who explored the scope of mike and the speaker in the mask. Kevin developed this voice amplifier at the incubator of the Thrissur Govt. Engineering College.
Kevin is son of the doctor couple Sanooj and Jyothi at Poothole here.
“At first, I made 60 voice amplifiers for doctors. It got a good response too. Now, I’m planning to manufacture it on an industrial basis. I have applied for patent,” said Kevin.
“There is no need to make a hole on the mask for attaching the amplifier. We can attach it to the mask by using a simple magnet. We need to recharge the battery. The charging time for battery is 30 minutes. Apart from the mask, we can connect it to the face shield too. It is easy to adjust the volume as per demand. This small voice amplifier has 2 cm width and 3 cm length," he added.
This unique invention will benefit medical practitioners a lot. Doctors and nurses will be able to keep a safe distance from the patient while communicating with them. The users would not need to give much strain to their throat while speaking with a mask attached to the amplifier.
At present, Rs 900 is charged for a single amplifier. But once, the industrial production starts, the price will be reduced to Rs 500.
“I decided to develop this equipment after observing the challenges faced by my doctor parents,” explained Kevin.
“Kevin’s Mask voice amplifier has been selected among the best five projects in Darsana Ignite, an event held by Alumni association of Palakkad NSS Engineering College," said Prof. Ajay James, Technology Business Manager at Thrissur Govt. Engineering College.