Khost student invents door with smart security system
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): A student of the Institute of Mechanics in southeastern Khost province on Tuesday claimed inventing a door that gets automatically locks in case of a bomb blast or another heavy sound.
Faizullah Mangal, in an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, said that no one had helped him in preparing the door. He worked for five months translating his thinking into the invention.
The student has used simple metallic and wood pieces along with some electronic devices that help the door close. “I have also employed some microphones, loudspeakers, a small battery and other in the door.”
All expenses were paid by the institute because his financial situation does not allow the young man to undertake the project. However, Mangal did not reveal the project cost.
He called the door a complete security system, saying he was confident of the door playing a key role in protecting the compound where it was installed.
The boom of a bullet fired from 10 meters or any other big sound would leave the door locked automatically, he said. If supported by the government or charities, students of the institute would do much better, he hoped.
“There is no equipment in the institute’s lab for students to use, and our economy is not strong. So we personally buy such tools,” Mangal remarked.
Dastagir Jan Gorbaz, director of the institute, claimed his students had invented similar things in the past as well. “One of them won a $30,000 prize last year in a competition sponsored by the World Bank,” he recalled.
He confirmed lacking equipment and said he had asked relevant government organs for assistance but none of them had responded yet. The Khost Institute of Mechanics, where 600 students are enrolled, has three sections: electronics, machinery and carpentry.
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