The Telegraph
Thursday , February 21 , 2013
Since 1st March, 1999
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He knows dry from wet
- Another award for clothesline with automatic rain guard

The next time you come home dripping wet after being caught in a sudden spell of shower expect some dry and freshly laundered clothes to change into.

A Hazaribagh teen has come up with Prevenwet — an automatic system which retracts a clothesline under a roof whenever it rains.

Piyush Agarwal, a 20-year-old former student of Hazaribagh-based DAV Public School, has found a place in the India Book of Records for his unique invention. He will be feted at a “record breakers festival” scheduled to be held at the Indira Kala Kendra Auditorium, Noida, on February 27.

Principal of DAV School Ashok Kumar said Piyush — he finished school in 2010 and is now pursuing his graduation from Delhi University’s Ramjas College — will be honoured along with 100 other record holders at the felicitation.

“His academic achievements in school had always been praise-worthy. Now he has done both his alma mater and his town proud with his invention,” Kumar told The Telegraph.

Piyush dedicated his invention to his mother Savitri Devi, who he said had to face a lot of trouble running up to the terrace to pull down laundry from the clothesline every time it rained. Devi passed away in 2010.

“My project has been appreciated and selected by the National Innovation Foundation under its Ignite-2009 programme. I have been felicitated twice for this project by former Presidents A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in 2009 at IIM-Ahmedabad and Pratibha Patel in 2010 at the National Exhibition of Innovation that was held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan,” he said.

On how Prevenwet worked, Piyush said his machine contained a motor and a sensor. The sensor monitors moisture in the air and triggers an alarm as soon as it starts to rain. Once the alarm goes off, the motor, which is placed under a roof, kicks into action and starts retracting the clothesline under a shed to prevent it from getting wet.

“The device costs around Rs 2,200 to build. However, it will be available in the market for Rs 3,200. I have applied for a patent,” Piyush said.

He added that he had now been selected as the youngest innovator in the country for the year 2010 for which he will be felicitated in Noida. “The news about the Noida felicitation has definitely motivated me,” he said.

According to the communiqué sent by the India Book of Records, Piyush will be presented with a medal, certificate and memento during the mega event. A number of delegates from foreign countries like Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam are expected to grace the event.