Ahmedabad: Harshwardhan Zala from Ahmedabad is not a usual Indian kid. Known as India’s drone wiz and has a handful of patents to his credit. He also happens to be the founder and CEO of his company, Aerobotics7 Tech Solutions.
At the age of 14, Zala designed a smart solution through which drones could not only detect but also defuse landmines in war fields. The youngster wants to make the world a better place to live. “Do you know there are more than 100 million active landmines across the globe? My goal is to create technological solutions to save thousands of lives across the world, and this is just the beginning,” he told The Better India.
Son of an accountant father and homemaker mother, Harshwardhan came up with his first invention at the age of 10. He made a remote-control which could be used to control and operate home appliances wireless.
There was no such device available in the market back then. It helped his parents realise Harshwardhan’s talent and encouraged him to take it further. One day at the cyber cafe, he came across a demonstrative video, which reflected how people die due to explosions in undetected land mines. After doing some research, the 15-year-old found that there is no solution to this problem. So he worked on a prototype and went to different companies to tell them about his solution.
He went to about 12 companies but was rejected by all of them which inspired Harshwardhan to found his own company with the money that his parents put together. After two years, Harshwardhan’s drone was ready to be unveiled.
Two years of intensive work later, Harshwardhan’s drone was ready to be unveiled. The drone goes into the field, surveys the ground, and sends real-time signals to the nearest army base. The drone also drops a package on the location to mark it. The drone is also fitted with a wireless detonator, which can be activated without risk to any human life.