Five students of UGM succeeded in developing innovative jacket that can help reducing the risk of fatigue, chills and loss of direction while hiking. The team consisted of Indra Budi Setioputro (Engineering), Sevia Rani Irianti (Nursing), Derly Shayyiban Naafian (Engineering), Selvi Faristasari (Mathematics), and Ikhsan Tanoto Mulyo (Engineering).
Indra said that the development of the Robotic Systems Design in a Jacket (Rojak) is an implementation of the use of robotic technology in innovative thermal sensor and automatic massage. This could help maintain the comfort and health of the hikers.
"This jacket is designed to resemble a mountain jacket so it would be convenient to use and meets the safety criteria for hikers," he explained, Tuesday (14/6), in Fortakgama Room UGM.
The jacket they developed is different from other mountain jackets since it is equipped with a system of automatic massagers which are placed at some points on the back to reduce pain.
Not only that, this jacket is also equipped with temperature sensors that can adjust to the condition of the hikers. This sensor is placed on the meridian points of the body, which is at the bottom of the armpit.
This jacket has other advantages, including features that can help hikers find directions if they get lost. This includes sound feature that facilitates hikers to find the direction.
"Features found on Rojak are controlled in real-time using a smartphone," Indra said.
Rojak uses batteries which are inserted into a pocket in the jacket. So, if the battery runs out, users do not need to worry, because Rojak is equipped with a backup power source in the form of solar panels assembled on the back and arm.
Ikhsan added that Rojak has a plug and play system. In other words, electronic assembled on these jackets can be installed and removed according to the user. So the user has no need to worry when they want to wash this jacket," he explained.
Uniquely, Rojak can be transformed into a massage cushion. Simply by folding and linking parts that have been fitted with a hook, Rojak could even be used as a pillow.
For those of you who like climbing a mountain, this jacket is worth a try. Rojak will help address a number of issues such as reducing the back pain, warming the body, and help finding the direction.
Weather Information Paraphernalia for Hikers
Five more students of UGM Vocational School have also successfully developed a tool that helps hikers in providing safety information guide for the climbers. The tool is Arduino-based Safety Information Guidance for Climbers or what they call Duo Serigala.
Barru Kurniawan, Ramadan Chairan M.M, Elok Nadia Alifah, Oki Surya Pratama, and Rizka Apriliantini are the developer of a tool that allows climbers to access weather information around the mountain in the form of temperature, humidity, and air pressure. Additionally, this tool can display the level of safety and health effects of related info.
"Actually, in some mountains in Indonesia there has been a weather information device, but it is in a form of CCTV whose function is focused on monitoring the volcanic activity to be submitted to the climbers and the local community," said by Barru.
Barru explained that his tool also features navigational directions to the summit or climbing starting point and an SOS button for emergency. It uses radio frequencies for data communication.
Overall there are three tools that function as routers, coordinators, and end devices. Router to monitor the weather on the mountain tops. Coordinator which is located in the starting point will accept the data to be forwarded to the end devices brought by climbers, as well as uploading the data to the website.
Through this tool, he said, climbers can monitor the surroundings and the team on the starting point could monitor the climbers as well. That way, when things happen, the rescue team can go directly to the location of climbers.