Team Jugaad attended Mini Maker Faire, a celebration of local maker culture and community. It is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. This was India’s first Maker Faire, organised by Workbench Projects in collaboration with nasscom. The event took place in Bangalore.
Here’s a few of our favourite installations;
Musical instruments made from waste
Abhijit Sinha is Chief Amazement Officer at Education for Development. The organisation’s primary goal is to set up makerspaces of sorts in rural areas so children and women have access to tools to build.
Their exhibition comprise of musical instruments like guitars made from bottles, a piano made from simple circuits, a tambourine made using metal bottle caps and drums using cling film buckets.
Taran Singh is an architect at SapientNitro India Innovation Lab, Kepler focuses on humanizing technologies for storytelling. Their experiments created the ObjecTable which is built on the premise ‘what if computers could see?’ and ‘what’s more to machine-human interactions in the Phygital (physical-digital) space?
The table acts as a projector where one explores the map of Bangalore. Add objects to the table that the camera recognises and interacts with to give you related results. For example, add a coffee mug and the map shows pop-ups of coffee shops in the area. Add more parameters like a miniature taxi and the programme will show you the nearest coffee shop. Adding a star will reclassify your list to show you the best coffee houses in the area.
Sarah Elizabeth Paul created a burglar detector that uses an arduino based board to create a security system. Here, if a burglar were to get into your home, their movement would trigger a reflex picture to be taken using a phone camera. Did we mention, she’s a self-taught maker who is all of 10 years old?
DIY Pinhole camera
Industrial designer Raveesh Reddy is behind the Pinocular, an amalgamation of contemporary design and age old techniques of pin-hole photography. It uses a regular 35mm film loaded into an MDF body made using laser cutting parts. The DIY pinhole camera simply needs to be assembled and then locked and loaded for point and shoot photography.
Train models from scrap
TR Raghunandan is a train enthusiast. This particular model is the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway B locomotive. The model is accurate to the last detail and uses waste cardboard for the body.
It took him 1,000 hours, a budget of Rs 300 and some serious commitment.
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