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VendingCook: Update November 20 (Vessel, Falling Mechanism Done)

I was hoping for faster execution of things, unfortunately, things have not been so as I planned.  I have created the multiple modules of the machine such as the spring coil (which allows falling of the Maggi packets into the Vessel), controlling the electric kettle with Arduino and welding the vessel and attaching couplers to the motor. See pics/video attached!

VendingCook : Update! Dt: Oct 27 (Created Design, Built the website)

It has been an amazing week. I finally decided to take up this project after a lot of brainstorming. I am well aware that this is not even close to my domain of expertise or something that I have tried before but nothing ventured is nothing gained. It involves a huge amount of mechanical / electronics aspect. I am hoping to complete the project before Nov. 30, which would be quite a feat if accomplished. The design in SolidWorks was made by Yash Faldu. Design As the motor rotates the coil it would convert rotational motion into linear motion, thus anything kept between the 2 consecutive coil rotations would fall in container. The container would be connected to Induction Cooktop which would heat the Maggi based on the signals from the microprocessor(Arduino/pi). The container would rotate delivering the cooked Maggi in a bowl. Website The website is taken from a template I had used earlier. It had a purplish theme which I changed t

Purists, Makers and Managers

this article is inspired by the book Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham Purists Whenever I hear the word Purists, I imagine John Nash working hard on his dorm room window sill or Ramanujan relentlessly scribbling on his notepad outside his scabby hut in Erode. I study in a pure science branch and the majority of interested folks tend to have a huge admiration towards the intellectual capital. Often academia and pure science seem to be filled with folks who enjoy making interrogative intonation in declarative sentences. (Usually more associated with pride rather than brutish objectivity.) These self-acclaimed purists are often called upon by the world to solve the most difficult problems of humanity, mostly of the order of magnitude of "Cure Cancer" or "Solve the Energy Crisis" which is extremely hard to accomplish. Even to measure a significant increment of any sort of metric that has been implemented to measure growth, it takes weeks . This is why al

Sequoia reveals first cohort list. Analysis.

You can find the startups list over here:- Azani Sports: Based out of Bangalore, it is sports apparel platform that has pretty amazing fabric/shoe soul technology. They have partnered with multiple sports celebs that help promote their apparel as a marketing strategy. Also, the products are affordable for the middle class section of society. They do seem like a cool startup as innovations in sports apparel are something that has been missing for a long time. Also, they are very smart in their marketing strategies. I am not a consumer of the product yet so cannot say if the claim of an innovative product is present or not. Industry: Sports Apparel, E-commerce, Athlete Branding. Note: One of the two founders is Harvard ex-sportsperson himself and other an MBA. My Rating: 3/5 BoboBox: BoboBox is capsule sized sleeping rooms for people. At first glance, it does not l

Doing it Right : Building on Organic Ideas

I enjoy interacting with people and try and understand what they think. It is often that I find that some of the smartest of people I know of tend to work in areas that are frighteningly overcrowded (overhyped). There is nothing wrong in "hype", on the contrary hype helps promote a certain field even when it has few results in its' kitty, thus driving innovation faster and faster. Hype becomes a major issue only when people tend to solve problems that don't need to be solved. Or problems that have been solved already. Once you start peeping over your peers and start doing things based on what they are doing, that's when it becomes a problem. Usually, people tend to believe that's the only metric that they have to measure themselves. If someone tends to attain success by doing X , we think that doing X  would give us the same success, thus fostering a herd mentality around X . Nothing is graver than this. This may sound something extremely rudimentary but 9 ou

My thoughts on Dystopian Culture and Book Review of The Handmaid's Tale

It is true that today's generation has been crushed under small issues that have been viewed unnecessarily by a microscope, it dreads of political, financial and social instability bundled with mass media addiction. We have the 24*7 access to information which can make us numb any emotion we want while still struggle to remain happy is a constant one. There are so many outlets for the outcry of emotional help yet very few of them can be trusted enough to process it all through. This book is largely based on a dystopian culture that treats women as baby-producing machines called the handmaids. The repetitive theme in the book is about the life we live today by making all the choices that we do is much more miserable than what it would be if the choices are given to us by society. The book makes a very strong case for why a dystopian culture should exist by reflecting on the failures of people in achieving their desired life goals having a tremendous negative impact on them. It