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Fab Lab – Project Meets and much more

Since I started working with Vigyan Ashram and specially for their two Labs – Fab Lab and DIY Lab, I got to know about different projects it had undertaken. On my second day I got opportunity to attend meeting with projects leads and couple of board members. Our meeting lasted for 4 hours without break, though we had tea two times. We laughed into tears almost 2-3 times in the meeting as everyone was sharing their unique experiences. Vigyan Ashram currently working on many projects like Rice De-husking machine, Remote Bull control, Poly house environment management, Monkey Repellent, Hydro-phonic plantation, Plastic collecting machine for rack pickers and many more (I am getting difficult to recollect now).What I only recollect is I had great experience in listening to all of the meeting attendees.

Most of these projects are the requirements / challenges faced by farmers. So all of these projects would have social impact and shall help society in some or other way.

Then there are projects which are driven by individuals like Prosthetic hand. Volunteers from Infosys and one lady (home maker) helping Fab Lab to build this hand. Vigyan Ashram director wish to donate this hand to one boy who lost three fingers during.

If you see the list of these projects , those projects not only require mechanical expertise which is available with Fab Lab, but also need high end of expertise in electronics / I.T. So my next work is to attract the makers from Pune who shall help us in developing these projects. We now have makers from Infosys, ETON, Emerson etc who are ready to take these challenges. I guess this could be the great way our young pool of talented makers can help our society. This work shall give them challenges which their corporate life may not offer them.

Hope they enjoy working with us on these projects. If you think you would like to work with us then let me know.

Apart from these projects, we also brainstorming with 20 students from 9th grade to come up with problem statement. We also helping them to design solutions for these problems. Then we shall take these 20 students with their ideas and shall conduct 4 days boot camp in IIT Bombay Fab Lab next month. I got opportunity to see IIT Bombay Fab Lab closely. It has got Shop Bot Router, Laser Cutter, 3D Printers, Small Furnace, Sand Blaster, Vinyl Cutter, CNC Milling and Lath machine etc etc. If you are in Mumbai, you can get help of this Fab Lab to work on your ideas.

Vigyan Ashram is also coming up with new version of their IBT Course for their 120+ IBT schools. IIT Bombay boot camp shall help Vigyan Ashram to decide on how these tools can be taken to their IBT schools and how easy or hard would it be for their students to use these tools.

DIY Lab at Kothrud is going to have new 3D Printer soon and me as 3D Printer expert going to conduct series of 3D Printing workshop in coming days. Please watch our event calendar for upcoming events – http://vigyanashram.doattend.com/

Happy Making !!!

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My First Day@Vigyan Ashram-FAB Lab-DIY Lab

To start my first day of Sabbatical , I have been asked to come to Vigyan Ashram at Pabal, a place 60 KMs away from Pune. Initially I thought of going by our very own ST bus, but then dropped the plan as I got now used to luxury of driving my own car. After 2 hours of driving through hustle and bustle of city , I reach Pabal at 10:30 AM. I entered Fab Lab and started talking to Fab Lab instructors. Since I was already in contact with them so it was comfortable interaction. They welcomed me to their work place. Later I met Director of Vigyan Ashram, who approved to my idea of helping their DIY/FAB Lab efforts to penetrate Maker Movement in Pune. After formal introduction to other members of the team, I had been asked to explain my purpose of joining to Vigyan Ashram to the whole team. I had also given my usual talk on 3D Printing which I usually give to Schools,Colleges. Since the premises was close to nature so I felt comfortable getting started, I felt like I am in my home town.Then we had quick brain storming session on improvising maker movement in Pune, and how I can help the team to attract more and more crowd to these Labs. I also explained about my plan over next six months time. Though it was really on high level, I got task to make a detailed plan in coming few days.

It had been decided to put more and more efforts in branding the workshops , DIY Lab events among young generation.So branding and advertisement plan preparing is next step.

3D Printing is area in which I think I know little bit more than the crowd , so I decided to devote more time during my sabbatical to introduce this technology to young generation. My other immediate task is to schedule upcoming 3D Printing sessions for schools which are affiliated to Vigyan Ashram. There are 160+ schools which run IBT (Introduction to Basic Technology) program for their students of std. 8,9,10. I may along with Fab Lab instructors shall work on plan to introduce 3D Printing in their regular IBT program. So 3D printer in every school is next step of Vigyan Ashram. Most of the schools having IBT course are in rural areas, so you may get surprised to see rural students know more about 3D Printing than any other urban students. Thanks to Vigyan Ashram and their team for thinking ahead.

Next I shall write about my experience of attending one of the regular stakeholder meetings, it was different experience than our usual corporate meetings. I somehow stopped myself writing that experience here as I think it deserve separate blog 🙂

To know more about Vigyan Ashram , refer following link :

http://vigyanashram.com/

Happy Making!!!

Maker Movement India : Fill in the Blanks

When I got exposed to Maker Movement about a year back, it was realization of existence of my own idea. I always wanted to have such a culture and space(Maker Space) around me to explore wide possibilities of making/innovation. I even thought of having fully equipped workshop for engineering / non-engineering students so they can utilized their after school time by engaging themselves with new ideas. Exposure to maker movement gave me different view point about this concept. Maker media then given me access to different types of projects, which I found very interesting and appealing.

Main entity of Maker Movement is Maker Faire, which gives platform to makers to showcase their projects/skills/talent (which most of the time goes unnoticed). To sustain Making culture, appreciation of making skills is necessary, which I suppose Maker Faire does it fairly. ( Till this time I only seen maker faire on internet, electronic media).

It is not the case that we Indians are not aware of making things, rather we are expert in making things (if we looks at our traditional collections). Though we have good skills like handicraft , hand loom etc , we never explore making culture in technology side. If we wish to explore this area of making , then it is necessary for our generation to set right environment and culture. I believe that Maker Movement can help us in setting up right environment .

There are quite few Maker Spaces popping around India, but we still need to have many more Maker Spaces/ Fab Labs around India, at least one in every medium size town. Arranging small small Maker Faires would attract more and more youngsters to these Maker Spaces.

Apart from setting up this infrastructure and creating right mind set among us, it is great responsibility of our generation to fill in the blanks to sustain Maker Eco-system in India.

Following picture shows Eco-system players in USA. Few of the players can become players in Indian Maker Culture too. But then we have to form a league which would take the roles of these players according to Maker Culture of India.

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Fill in the Blanks : Please see if you can find the answers to players which have been strike out or are you ready to take that as an opportunity 🙂

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Reference : http://dupress.com/articles/a-movement-in-the-making/

Maker spaces which I am aware of (In Maharashtra) :

I know there must be more maker spaces around, share if you know. Also share if you are aware of Maker Eco system players  in India.

Happy Making!!!

Atul N Yadav

 

Internet of Things (IoT)

Internet of Things (IoT) is a buzz word now days. Few days back I attended one seminar on IoT, which was talking about your machines getting connected to Internet. Since that seminar was for Industries in automobile related industry, they looked at IoT in perspective of Industrial Users.

There seems to be more opportunities in consumer market when we talk about IoT. Here I am trying to showcase you one simple IoT application. This is not merely theoretical walk through but a practical scenario which you can implement at your home or office.

We have created a module which can sense the temperature of atmosphere and send the temperature to one web service (kind of web site), where you can check that temperate from anywhere in the world.

So there is one backbone of IoT systems i.e. Internet Connectivity. You may not need your Thing to be always connected to Internet, but there must be some pre-defined frequency when you want your Thing to talk to Internet for sharing the data. So if you can develop any Thing which can send SMS and shares the information, which could be part of IoT community.

Here, we have used following hardware:

  1. Raspberry Pi Microprocessor
  2. One Digital Temperature Sensor
  3. Internet connection i.e. Modem or Wi-Fi router
  4. On other end of communication you might have computer or Mobile phone which again connected to Internet

For this IoT experiment, we need following software:

  1. Python program running of Raspbian OS which can read temperature and send the data to Internet
  2. One Thing name on http://dweet.io/ : Dweet.io is free service provider for communicating information between your things over internet. There are other services too which you can explore.

Once you connect Digital Temperature sensor to RBPi, you need to read the temperature in intervals and then send that temperature information to Dweet io service using python libraries. (https://github.com/paddycarey/dweepy)

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Actual Physical Instruments
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Communication Channels

Once Dweet io service receive this information from your thing (You have to give name to your thing whenever you are talking to Dweet io), so same information gets published on internet so anyone can access that. You can restrict this information using lock mechanism available for paid users of Dweet io.

The given temperature information can be accessed by any other thing if other thing know the name of the thing which is sending the information using the following url :

https://dweet.io/listen/for/dweets/from/<my-thing-name>

Alternatively Dweet io provide user friendly UI interface to read the dweeted information:

https://dweet.io/follow/<my-thing-name>

Now you can think what would you like your machines to share with each other. You can imagine the world where you can see machines talking to each other and helping humans to reach the goals which we would have never imagined J

Reference:

Temperature Sensor and Raspberry Pi related à http://www.themagpi.com/issue/issue-23/

Dweet io à http://dweet.io/

Python Library for Dweet io à https://github.com/paddycarey/dweepy