Indian Michelangelo Kanak Gogoi pips the mighty Tatas to build the “Air Car”
Ever seen T-Shirts plastered with “I was born intelligent. Education ruined me” Here’s a man who seems to think so and has enough pizzaz and innovation to back it up nice and good. Great minds need next to nothing to make their dreams a reality an we’ve seen this before and here it is once again. Mr Kanak Gogoi of Guwahati, Assam has managed feats that many firms with immense resources at their disposal haven’t. Before we go into what this matriculate with no formal degree in science or technology has built, we should know a little more about the man himself, which all the more makes his achievements like no other.
Kanak Gogoi with the Indian President Mrs Pratibha Patil
Graduating from 10 standard, Kanak Gogoi couldn’t afford to study higher. So, he drops out of school and starts selling milk for a living. But selling milk was only to put bread on the table. Gogoi’s calling was somewhere else, something much more advanced. So, Mr Gogoi starts hanging around workshops and doing the odd mechanic jobs to keep his passion for all things mechanical alive. Very soon, Mr Gogoi’s passion takes a turn for towards inventing stuff that he only dreamt about earlier. Inventing things wasn’t new for Mr Gogoi, who built an air gun after being snubbed by a uncle when he wanted to check a real rifle out.
Kanak Gogoi’s Gravity Cycle
Continuing in this vein, he kick started his inventing odyssey from a humble home garage where he first built a hang glider way back in 1997. Then, he built a gravity powered bicycle that works by harnessing the potential energy of the cyclist’s weight on the saddle into a spring that stores this energy and later converts this into linear motion. Daddies love their daughters and Gogoi too is a daddy, who built a three wheeler for his 9 year old daughter. This three wheeler can each speeds of 60 kph and manage 30 kilometers to every liter of dinosaur remains. Next up was a Solar car, which had four solar panels to harness the Sun’s infinite energy to charge it’s batteries, which powered the 100cc motor on which the solar car ran. And when the Sun feels lazy to come around and shine bright, the car’s batteries can be recharged with a on board motor that uses petrol. Chevrolet Volt anybody?
Kanak Gogoi on his Air Car
Finally, the innovative invention that Mr Gogoi has got most of his plaudits for, the Air Car. The inventor has put together a car, that uses a combination of a Maruti Suzuki engine and a 100cc motorcycle’s engine and one that runs on compressed air. The car can reach speeds of 120 kph and Mr Gogoi claims that it requires very less maintenance for it’s upkeep. Apart from this, the Assamese inventor also has plenty of other nifty creations up his sleeve like the aeroboat (a shallow bottom boat propelled with an onboard aero-propeller), an amphibian boat using an onboard aero-propeller, a water bicycle, a treadmill bike; and a Kontilo 5.5 hp mini tractor for ploughing, tilling and rural transportation.
Kanak Gogoi’s Solar Hybrid Car
And if you’re having a tough time in believing all these inventions by a single person, how about this? IIT Guwahati has developed a prototype of a hovercraft that can hover over 4 inches of water based on Mr Gogoi’s Aeroboat. Also, it has verified another invention of Mr Gogoi wherein he uses speedbreakers to produce electricity. How, if you may ask, Mr Gogoi claims to do so by converting potential energy to kinetic energy, much like his other invention, the Gravity Cycle. Now, like most inventors and inventions in this country, Mr Gogoi too hasn’t got much support from neither the government nor the manufacturer industry. Recently, Mr Gogoi wrote to Tata Motors about his air car. Tata officials, while acknowledging Mr Gogoi’s creation wrote back saying that their Chairman, Mr Ratan Tata, will get back to him. Ever since, nothing has happened.
Kanak Gogoi’s Regenerative Speed Breaker
Kanak Gogoi and his creations’ Image Gallery
News Courtesy: Business.Rediff