By Saheed Ibrahim
Three students of Aquinas College have registered their names on the list of young Nigerian inventors by inventing a device that can boost internet service for mobile phones and other internet-enabled gadgets.
The students, Sunday Inioluwa (SS2), Kayode Emmanuel (SS3) and Akande Damilola (SS3), said they invented the device to solve poor internet service experienced in some areas in Nigeria, especially the rural areas.
The device, powered by a small solar panel and a battery attached, is said to have the capacity not only to boost internet service but to consequently enhance productivity and remote learning, among other benefits.
Speaking on the project, the team lead, Sunday Inioluwa, said materials for the project were sought from home gadgets and some were purchased from electrical and electronic stores at Arakale in Akure, costing N7,000.
“The name of the project is Internet improver. It enhances the strength and quality of signals in wireless communication systems.
“It is commonly used to improve the signal and strength in areas with weak or fluctuating signal connections.
“I have some economic benefits for this project. It enhances productivity. It promote learning opportunities,” Master Sunday said.
He listed the components of the device to include a resistor, 102PF capacitor(3), LED connection wire, cartons, IC, resistor, integrated circuits, copper wires, aluminium foils, bulbs and transistors, among others.
Commenting on the bulkiness of the device, the inventors told The Hope of their plan to compress the device to a potable size that can quickly be taken around.
With their invention, the trio won the Global Entrepreneurship Exhibition among secondary school students in Ondo State last week.
On their achievement, they could not describe how delighted they were.
The young inventors expressed readiness to be trained and become renowned global inventors.