Dubai: A school project was turned into a family business by a Dubai-based Indian teenager after his father was amazed at how the product had turned out, a media report stated on Saturday.
Dubai resident and student at GEMS World Academy, Ishir Wadhwa (16) was required to submit an innovative School project by his school for his Grade 10 course, as per the UAE news portal Khaleej Times report.
He searched for an everyday problem to solve and found it on the wall- the nails and screws.
Ishir explained, “While screw and nails have been in use since time immemorial, they pose problems for people on a daily basis such as damage to walls, outsourcing labor, dust pollution and other dangers of drilling.”
He continued: “I reached out to my elder brother Avik, who is now studying engineering at Purdue University in the US. When we put our heads together, the solution, like all excellent ideas, was elegantly simple.”
The solution they had come up with to solve the problem was to put two steel tapes and a strong magnet together.
He included that the steel tape that sticks firmly to the wall is recognized as the ‘alpha steel tape’ and the one on the object to be hung as the ‘beta steel tape’. The neodymium magnet keeps the whole assembly together, including the object being mounted.
Just from the clapping sound produced by the magnets coming together, the family named the product KLAPiT.
Ishir’s father Sumesh Wadhwa, believing that the invention “could be an absolute game-changer”, left his high-paying job and career and decided to launch the product as their family business, as said by the Khaleej Times report. This was a big leap after seeing the talent and innovation of his children.
Sumesh said that with this magnet, they were able to hang their home theatre system on their wall without the need for drilling. It really got his attention as his speakers had been lying around for almost 10 years but since he didn’t want to drill the walls, he had left them.
When they found nothing like it on the internet after searching, they decided to launch the product in the UAE and the world.
source: with input from ians