When you and I are shivering even when stepping out of the house in cold weather, in areas like Siachen of Ladakh, Indian army will be patrolling from afar in minus 45 degree temperature we and you are also shivering to hear. To avoid the cold from above, they must wear several layers of thick jackets and boots, etc. They must also carry food and water with them.
Seeing these difficulties of the Indian army, Khushboo Patel from Gujarat came up with the idea of making a lightweight jacket for them while studying. Khushboo was studying clothing design at the National Institute of Design (NID) after graduating from engineering.
He started it as a final year project of his degree, in which he took the help of his teacher, Dr. Ketan Vadodaraia, and made a jacket that reduces the four layers of the jacket he has been using recently. . It is made of a graphene-based material which is as strong as a normal jacket and can comfortably withstand low temperatures.
Not only that, what makes it extra special is the artificial intelligence technology used in it. Thanks to this technology, the person wearing the jacket can also control it according to the outside temperature. Despite all these features, the weight of this jacket does not exceed two kilograms.
In 2019, Khushboo jacket was introduced among Indian Army officers and Railway officers. During this time, he participated in the ARTECH 2019 conference. It was then that Khushboo got the inspiration to make this product even better.
After his studies, he started a startup with three of his friends. His friends Neil Panchal, Bhushan Sonawale and Saurabh Patel are engineering students, while Khushboo studied design.
His startup, Tetrel Innovations, makes this jacket. He named it “Project Hexagon”. Khushboo and his team were working on the jacket but their great invention got success when in 2020 their team took part in an exhibition on Indian Army Day.
Tetrel Innovations was the only civilian technology company to participate in this Indian Army exhibition. In this show, PM Narendra Modi also showed off his jacket.
Recently, Khushboo and his team are members of Society of Indian Defense Manufacturers (SIDM) and Army Design Bureau (ADB) and are working on improving their product. Soon, prototype jackets made by them will be sent to soldiers stationed in the Himalayan region for testing, and after passing they will be considered completely ready for use.
That is, it would not be wrong to say that if all goes well, army soldiers will soon be seen in jackets made by Khushboo.
Editing: Archana Dubey
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