Entrant Profile

Anjan Cariappa M M

Location: Chennai, Tamilnadu India

Company: Muckati SDD

Profession: Creative Director and Inventor

Number of times previously entering contest: never

Favorite design and analysis tools: My keen sense of observation, a sketch pad and a 2B mechanical pencil

Hobbies and activities: Animal welfare and environmental conservation

Inspired by: Design inspiration for me can come from any source. Its the typical 'aha' moment. A flash of genius if you may call it. For my A'Design award winner PACA for example (http://www.adesignaward.com/design.php?ID=25198 ), the 'flash'(literally) came in when driving on the highway. I wondered how anyone could have missed it all these years. Inspiration for designers is everywhere. This need not necessarily be in the present and now. Inspiration to my solution to a problem faced by a railway company came from history. A man with a flag would run in front of early automobiles to warn pedestrians of its approach. This inspired my design of "3rd eye", a small pilot device that attaches and runs on the electric cable of trains and can go as far ahead as a kilometer or more and send wireless video signals to the driver. It also has obstacle sensing capabilities and is fitted with a beacon and siren to warn stray vehicles.