Exploring Electrooculography at the Delhi Asylum

One of the most exciting ideas that’s been explored at the Delhi Asylum recently has got to be Shruti & Naman’s electrooculography project. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/23320393213/in/album-72157658468540358/ Electrooculography is a a fantastic concept that the two stumbled upon during their winter training at college. It inspired them to whip up a quick model to test it out. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/23921091466/in/album-72157658468540358/ The way it works, is by placing pairs of electrodes around the eyes, it becomes possible to measure the subtlest of eye movements. If the eye moves from the centre to either of the two electrodes, the electrodes can ‘see’ the positive and negative sides of the retina. This causes a potential difference between the electrodes. Assuming the resting potential stays constant, the recorded potential is a measure of the eye’s position. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/23579301059/in/album-72157658468540358/ As a proof of concept, they chose to control a robotic arm using the EOG circuit. The plan however is to scale the project up and implement it on a wheelchair. It could be of tremendous use to paralysed patients. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/23651483480/in/album-72157658468540358/ In addition, they also plan to introduce components into the setup that would allow for 3D mapping of the area, letting the wheelchair sense whether it’s advisable to move forward or not. Given the potential of this project, we can’t wait to see Shruti & Naman explore this idea further and hopefully implement their wheelchair prototype soon!

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Updates from Maker’s Asylum Mumbai

Last few weeks at the Asylum have been phenomenal. Workshops, events and hackathon in full throttle. The energy was overwhelming. We hosted the first of its kind hackathon called "Asylum Hack" in collaboration with Godrej. It was 3 days of non-stop breaking and making consumer electronics devices. Hackathons are great learning experience for individuals and large corporations, as they pack up so much energy and knowledge in a very short amount of time. "Development cycles in the real world are pretty long. And to compress that into just 2 days and to tell people that here's a problem, give me a solution in 2 days. That's pretty exciting", Anool Mahidharia, Co-founder - Maker's Asylum. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1228537413839749[/embed] 25 shortlisted participants divided into 5 teams. One of them (Team Auro) was anounced as the winner and received a Rs. 50,000/- prize from Godrej. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/videos/1233938119966345/[/embed]   In the meanwhile, our Woodworking course attendees were getting the hang of carpentry and churning out some beautiful tables. Check it: [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1224960364197454[/embed] Adidas Originals and Homegrown Media had organized a Launch event for Adidas's ZX Flux series of footwear and apparels. And they featutred artworks of 8 different artists. Maker's Asylum was one of them, and look what we made: [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/photos/a.796180630408765.1073741832.268461276514039/1227484253945065/?type=3[/embed] Made by : Premankan, Shyam, Akshay Original concept: CRAB And this: [embed]https://www.facebook.com/HomegrownIn/photos/gm.1718913425006390/953690198043763/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed] Events and workshops are the best media to share knowledge and ideas. Here's how we went about doing just that: Bicycle Meet 101: The agenda of this meetup was : Agenda: Parts of a Bike and how they affect Bike Fit Tools/Parts to carry while Riding Tools/Parts to have at home Brake settings and adjustments Drive train settings and adjustments Removing and fitting wheels Fixing a flat General Maintenance and Tips [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1232143700145787[/embed] Sketchwalk #30: Sunday Sketchwalk and Maker's Asylum came together to host this special event where for first time we drew from a live model Here's a glimpse: [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1232594940100663[/embed] Introduction to Git: A hands on workshop to teach everyone about Git, it's advantages and it's importance in anyone's life (contrary to popular belief that it's only for IT folks). It's a great version control tool which should be used by teams irrespective of the kind of project they're working on. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1232673763426114[/embed] Cosmic Bytes: Space Mining A discussion on the various aspects of space mining. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1232767076750116[/embed] Upcoming events at Maker's Asylum: Woodworking Beginner Course - Details Mozzarella Cheese Making - Details Laser Cutting Training Session - Details For more updates, join our mailing list here.

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Building a Retro Arcade Emulator

While arcade emulators aren’t exactly unique, they’re tons of fun, and that essentially is what drove Sehaj to build one at Maker’s Asylum Delhi. He says the idea popped in his head on a recent trip to Mumbai, when boredom led to a friend and him to go watch Pixels. Watching the retro-inspired imagery on screen, he decided to build an arcade emulator as soon as he got back to Delhi. Which is exactly what he did. [embed]https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/23150359061/in/album-72157660775982090/[/embed] He teamed up with his friend Akshay, and showed up at the Asylum with a bag full of components. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/22818628240/in/album-72157660775982090/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/22818627270/in/album-72157660775982090/ The heart of the machine is of course a Raspberry Pi, running an image of RetroPie. That particular combination lends great flexibility in terms of gameplay, by allowing multiple consoles to be emulated. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/22517571693/in/album-72157660775982090/ We used the laser cutter at the Asylum to cut the plywood that was to be the housing for the electronics. I designed the case while Utkarsh pieced it together. Meanwhile Akshay and Sehaj worked on the code, and getting the Pi to behave. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/22516080654/in/album-72157660775982090/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/22720303437/in/album-72157660775982090/ To make it look sleek, we painted the entire thing black, and added lights inside an 8-bit cutout on top. Of course you can’t have an arcade without the buttons and controllers, so we made a trip to Chandni Chowk to procure those as well. https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/23150363071/in/album-72157660775982090/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/23150361331/in/album-72157660775982090/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/22720380148/in/album-72157660775982090/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/23150340911/in/album-72157660775982090/ A week of tinkering and tweaking later, we have a beautiful fully-functional retro arcade, and people have been going nuts over Mario & Donkey Kong (not that those are the only things you can play). https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/22720791458/in/album-72157660775982090/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/125352978@N05/22516474794/in/album-72157660775982090/ The total cost came to about Rs 5000 INR, which includes the Raspberry Pi, the buttons & controllers, the plywood and the lights. We do have plans to keep adding to this arcade. Some of the ideas we’ve discussed, include: • External controller support • A phone charging station • Aux ports So if you’re ever in the mood for some good old Pac-Man or Donkey Kong, drop by the Asylum, and have a go at it.

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Updates from Maker’s Asylum Mumbai

One of the craziest weeks at the Asylum. It was loaded with action. If you weren't there, then you simply weren't there. So let me tell you what we've been upto. To start with, we spent a great afternoon hosting the members of Social Innovation Exchange Summer School 2015 at the Asylum. We got to tell them about how our open makerspace grew from Eyenetra's office with handful of people to our current massive space with one of the largest maker communities in the country and that it's been making a phenomenal social impact. They were fascinated to learn all of it. So fascinated that they got into some serious artistic action by grabbing spray cans and colouring our white walls. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/photos/a.1217060238320800.1073741896.268461276514039/1217060308320793/?type=3&permPage=1[/embed]   Undergrad students of Industrial Design Center, IIT Bombay paid a visit to the Asylum. They were completely blown away to learn about the existence of such a makerspace. It was fun watching them go "Whoa! This is awesome" as we introduced them to our facility.   And then ofcourse the Launch and Anniversary Party happened as Maker's Asylum turned 2! It's been a crazy journey so far. So we celebrated in style. Check it out- [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1218332318193592[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1218382534855237[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1218383941521763[/embed]   Our first Cosmic Bytes session was a big hit. Attracted lots of curious minds. Here's a glimpse: [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1218947418132082[/embed] 2nd Cosmic Bytes sessions is coming soon. Stay tuned here.   Members in Action (M.I.A.): 1. Yash got his favourite toy to the space for overhauling. Check it out - It's a 300cc Enfield, 2000 model. If you want to learn anything about bikes, Yash is your guy. 2. Spandan is crafting out a brand new skateboard and is currently experimenting with different woods and forms. 3. Nikhil and his team put together this beautiful laser cut installation for his workplace for Diwali. He used sunboard and MDF. 4. Manan is working on this complex system of cube structure of 512 LEDs for his class project. 5. Himanshu churning out some beautiful origami house models. He's grown very fond of our laser cutter. 6. Gaurav is experimenting with Augmented Reality applications.   7. Viren made this sweet little cabinet made out of MDF using the laser cutter.   Oh and build group is back! The build is an open sourced Satellite Ground Station, SatNOGS. You can join Maker's Asylum facebook group for updates and upcoming meetups for the build group.   Upcoming events: 1. Asylum Hack - Details 2. 3D Printing Workshop - Details 3. Woodworking Course - Details   Stay tuned for more action.

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Showcase + Anniversary at the Delhi Asylum

While we’ve been quiet for a while, it’s only because we had a killer party to celebrate Maker’s Asylum turning TWO. While Maker’s Asylum Delhi is yet to turn two, we took the opportunity to call our friends over, showcase some of what what we’ve been upto, to the sound of music and sizzle of sausages over our ninja grill. Yes that happened. Sehaj showed up with his Kinect enabled motion emulating bot, which turned out to be quite the hit with the folks present. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177806402565719/177805632565796/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177806402565719/177805962565763/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177806402565719/177806055899087/?type=3&theater[/embed] Ofcourse we might have also pushed it a bit too far, but that’s part of the game at the Asylum. You haven’t truly made something, till you’ve broken it and put it back together, right? [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/videos/vb.101621430184217/178964429116583/?type=2&theater[/embed] Needless to say, you can’t have a party at the Asylum without some 3D printing action. https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177806402565719/177805312565828/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177806402565719/177805532565806/?type=3&theater Ofcourse the laser needs to be fired up, because, how else are we to make gifts for our friends? https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177806402565719/177805609232465/?type=3&theater Ofcourse ain’t no party without music. Dr Chugh aka CZHAR played a killer set, despite a makeshift console and hacked together speakers to get the sound out. Here’s Dr Chugh setting up his console. https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177488392597520/177488262597533/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177488392597520/177488319264194/?type=3&theater But gotta give it to the man, he didn’t let that come in the way of his music. https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177808639232162/177808232565536/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177808639232162/177808159232210/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177808639232162/177808242565535/?type=3&theater The music definitely did the trick too. https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177809612565398/177808982565461/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177809612565398/177809085898784/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177809612565398/177809145898778/?type=3&theater Interestingly enough, despite the killer tunes being played upstairs, the ever-so-nostalgic sound of 8-bit chip tunes stayed with us through the night. Courtesy, our awesome retro emulator, which kept everyone queuing for a shot at Mario. https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177809612565398/177808769232149/?type=3&theater Ofcourse, now that we have a grill at the Asylum, no party can go without murmurs of wanting to grill. Sneha, Mira, Tanya, Abhinav & Shailendra got busy setting up a the grill and cooked us all a meal. https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177809612565398/177808809232145/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177809612565398/177808872565472/?type=3&theater https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.177809612565398/177809162565443/?type=3&theater It was a fun night for our friends & community to come together and celebrate what we've achieved while making plans for what lies ahead. Might I also add, I'm not kidding when I say we made plans. Stay tuned as we unveil some of those soon. So that was us celebrating. Hopefully, we’ll see YOU the next time we do!

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Updates from Maker’s Asylum Mumbai

Another exciting week at the Asylum as makers poured in to work on their ideas. With our equipments and facilities being fully operational, and with the return of our tool trainings, it's like spring time for the maker community here. Here are some updates on what we did at the space in the previous week: Yash from our team deviced a portable hovercraft using the material from our junkyard in merely 2 hours of timespan. It's become our favourite toy lately and we just can't get enough of it. It was planned to lift heavy objects and hover it across the space from one point to another. So clearly we never did that. Instead we did this- [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/videos/1213413175352173/[/embed]   Do you think that a two-player chess game is too mainstream? Probably not. But Kushal thinks otherwise. So he's developed a three-player chess game. You can now play chess with two other players...for real. We organized a laser cut lamp making workshop (Diwali edition ofcourse) for the community. And look what we made-   We also had our first 3D Printing Training session at the new Asylum. 3D Printers are quite a crowd-puller.   And now we've started our Power Tools training as well. Look how excited Ruchira is to learn the circular saw machine (Courtesy of champion carpenter Viren).   Events coming up this weekend: 1. Launch and Anniversary of Maker's Asylum - https://imojo.in/ms4wz 2. Cosmic Bytes : Science Fiction - https://imojo.in/ac6ej

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Winter Is Coming

Winter is coming .. Sorry I had to. It was right there, waiting to be abused. But jokes apart, the weather’s changing - winter is just around the corner. With that comes the festive season, and we can’t wait for it here at the Asylum. Builds & Experiments Needless to say, Diwali’s almost upon us. Now if you’re in Delhi, it’s kind of hard to miss the festive vibe. Between the houses being repainted and the pop-up shops selling all things festive (and the traffic snarls that go with it .. ahem), it’s safe to say Diwali is a big deal. Ofcourse being curators of all things cool, we took it upon ourselves to do our own brand of Diwali decor. Co-incidentally, it also happens to be the International Year of the Light. Put those together, it’s a perfect setting to make some lamps. Tanya’s been racing against the clock to build a whole set of them for a while now. Between designing, laser cutting and polishing the cuts, she’s had her hands full.   [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/a.101989746814052.1073741828.101621430184217/167290576950635/?type=3&theater[/embed] But the results make it all worthwhile I think. 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So we did. No big deal. ‘Have laser cutter, will cut’ is a saying we’ve implemented here, and it’s been surprisingly well received. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446536134./168732200139806/?type=3&src=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xap1%2Ft31.0-8%2F10855066_168732200139806_3977756956365976761_o.jpg&smallsrc=https%3A%2F%2Fscontent-sin1-1.xx.fbcdn.net%2Fhphotos-xap1%2Ft31.0-8%2Fq81%2Fs960x960%2F10855066_168732200139806_3977756956365976761_o.jpg&size=1324%2C2048&fbid=168732200139806[/embed] However, lamps alone do not an Asylum make. We’ve also been working on making an arcade emulator. There’s just something about 8 bit chip tunes, that a Halo or Call of Duty just can’t match. You can play your Xbox or PlayStation all you want, but Pac Man & Donkey Kong is where the party’s at. 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Events & Workshops Ashish took us on a trip through interactive visualisation and generative artwork using code in his ‘Creative Coding with Processing’ class. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446536134./171154586564234/?type=3&theater[/embed] We also hosted a talk by the Autodesk Sales & Marketing team on the future of making things. We learned about some cutting edge technologies and how Autodesk is pushing individual makers to contribute in a bigger way, by enabling them with free but extremely powerful software. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446535974./173656506314042/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446535974./173656412980718/?type=3&theater[/embed] Barbecue Party at the Asylum The most fun we’ve had recently though, started off with a simple desire - to make a simple, charcoal grill and document the process so others can learn from it. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446536134./171615963184763/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446536134./171616039851422/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446536134./171616053184754/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446536134./171616213184738/?type=3&theater[/embed] We even attached a brushless motor to it, because, Maker’s Asylum, we put motors in most things. While I talk to the team about implementing that as a tagline, here’s what it ended up looking like. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446536134./171616126518080/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446536134./171616089851417/?type=3&theater[/embed] With the build complete, we couldn’t just let it sit there looking pretty. Off we went and got some charcoal & grillables, and cha-ching, impromptu barbecue party. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446536134./171616289851397/?type=3&theater[/embed] That’s Abhinav looking mighty pleased as he hops and jumps between the grill and the makeshift kitchen. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446536134./171728526506840/?type=3&theater[/embed] Ofcourse it would be rather pointless to not show off the fruits of our labour, delicious as they were. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446535974./171728616506831/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446535974./171728593173500/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pb.101621430184217.-2207520000.1446535974./171728619840164/?type=3&theater[/embed] Remember how the idea was to teach others, so they can build a DIY grill themselves? Well here you go: Turtle Barbecue: The Cleaner, Healthier Barbecue This week, we've got two fun events coming up. The first is a workshop on DIY Diwali decor using the laser cutter and other tools at the Asylum. You can register for that at: Laser Cut Diwali Decor The second is a showcase event we're putting together to celebrate Maker's Asylum turning 2, as well as to show off what our members have been upto here in Delhi the last couple of months. You can register for that at: Showcase & Anniversary Well, that's it for now. As always, keep making!

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Last Week at Maker’s Asylum Mumbai

The maker community rejoiced as we opened the gates to our brand new makerspace in Andheri. It goes without saying that version 4 of Maker's Asylum is much bigger. Big enough to accommodate the ever growing maker community of Bombay. And as we did that, Ankit Daftery and Anool Mahidharia, two of our community champion makers, shared their experiences on making real products out of your hobby. Not only did they discuss that but we also flew a drone and shot some 4K videos with an onboard camera and raced with our battery powered RC cars. Now that's a memorable opening to a makerspace. Here's a sample of all the action that day: [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1208452622514895[/embed]   Last week we had a diverse set of visitors at the Asylum. To start with, we had Dr. Maximilien and Mr. Biard from the French Embassy in Mumbai over to discuss how the makers of India can work with the French makers to solve real world problems. They were quite intrigued to find out that the maker movement in India had gathered phenomenal momentum. Look how Dr. Maximilien was baffled at watching our community champion Himanshu Agarwal's origami installation in Netherlands :   And then, we had Navi Radjou at the Asylum to check out our makerspace. He has co-authored the book 'Jugaad Innovation', and believes big time in frugal innovation, i.e. doing more with less. He was all ears when we talked about the jugaad we did with our space and otherwise.   Maker's Asylum team 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. Met some interesting makers there: [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1206812292678928[/embed] More details on Maker Faire on Jugaad Magazine - https://www.jugaadmagazine.com/mini-maker-faire-round-up/   And then there was CII (Confederation of Indian Industries) in Mumbai, where Vaibhav Chhabra (Founder of Maker's Asylum) was on the discussion panel. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1209399462420211[/embed]   Oh, and we started our popular tool trainings on Laser Cutter and 3D Printers. Here's our first one: [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1209552915738199[/embed]   And that's how we spent our last week. Stay tuned for more updates.   Things that you don't wanna miss- Launch Party and 2nd Anniversary celebration of Maker's Asylum Mumbai - https://www.facebook.com/events/966480776726413/ We’re organising a series of talks, discussions, documentary screenings and more. And we're calling it 'Cosmic Bytes'. The first one to be held on 8th November. For more deets - https://www.facebook.com/events/979007255488995/

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Sitrep from the Delhi Asylum

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at the Delhi Asylum. Between a ton of exciting projects being worked on and planning some fun stuff we’ll announce soon, it’s kept us busy enough to have not updated our status in a while. Well, consider this a sitrep. Spreading the love for Making We had a fun day recently when a group of students from Ashoka University dropped by the Asylum. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.158443897835303/158440437835649/?type=3&theater[/embed] Most of them never having experienced a makerspace before, understandably had a ton of questions. We did our best answering them all, while teaching them a thing or two about 3D printing and laser cutting. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.158443897835303/158440427835650/?type=3&theater[/embed] Builds and Experiments It’s been a design heavy couple of weeks at the Asylum, as we’ve had a group of Accessory & Product Design students working at the Asylum on their projects. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.157899817889711/157896724556687/?type=3&theater[/embed] Kartik has been exploring solutions as to how best to present his portfolio, being a final year student and all that. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.157259971287029/157259347953758/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.157259971287029/157259354620424/?type=3&theater[/embed] Meanwhile, Ananya worked on a prototype for her furniture design project. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.162960754050284/162960557383637/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.163961477283545/163960063950353/?type=3&theater[/embed] Niharika simultaneously was working on refining a prototype of her bathroom fixtures project. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.162961940716832/162961840716842/?type=3&theater[/embed] I must say, she did a splendid job of it too. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.163962037283489/163961800616846/?type=3&theater[/embed] Ananya even managed to make a little something for her father as a gift. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.158911451121881/158909044455455/?type=3&theater[/embed] Ofcourse being surrounded by product designers, we all got entrenched in experimenting with the laser cutter. I’m honestly still in awe of that machine. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/a.101989746814052.1073741828.101621430184217/164502577229435/?type=3&theater[/embed] Fine, I confess. I can’t get enough of that machine. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/a.101989746814052.1073741828.101621430184217/162966460716380/?type=3&theater[/embed] Ofcourse, we’re never satisfied till we make use of all the tools at our disposal. Ashish has been working on some fun electronics projects. He’s currently working on this great lighting concept that we’re all quite excited about. Stay tuned while he wraps that up. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.162962537383439/162962354050124/?type=3&theater[/embed] Meanwhile, while the members do their thing, the team has been hard at work collaborating with our friends at Funstore in planning for a comprehensive IoT course that we plan on rolling out soon. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.165079927171700/165079257171767/?type=3&theater[/embed] Needless to say, we figured out a way to incorporate the laser into the course. Because, why not? [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.166042457075447/166042127075480/?type=3&theater[/embed] Making New Friends Oh but that’s not all. We also made some new friends this week. KHOJ International Artists’ Association, which as it happens, is situated right next to us, happened to have their end of residency show this week. A bunch of resident artists at KHOJ, stopped by the Asylum to use everything from the 3D printers to the laser, in getting their work done for the show. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.165386350474391/165381790474847/?type=3&theater[/embed] [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/pcb.167289070284119/167288890284137/?type=3&theater[/embed] Meanwhile Paul, dropped by the Asylum and inspired by the laser (yes I know, the laser’s a real winner), decided to design a case for his Kindle. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylumdelhi/photos/ms.c.eJw1zMENwDAMQtGNqgA2tfdfrGriHJ8~_AnZFyEus7PVgO17ZaHBsuDspjDv~_Xs7j5LGuVducfZ6~;Aj~;1sRaq.bps.a.166844263661933.1073741838.101621430184217/166844616995231/?type=3&theater[/embed]   That’s only the highlights of what we’ve been upto in the last two weeks or so. This week is going to be even more fun as we have a couple of awesome things planned. Stay tuned as we announce those. Till next time .. keep making!

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Updates from the Mumbai Asylum

It's been a great week at the Asylum with lots of activities and events. The new community space is shaping up nicely and it's been quite a feat to get it done in this small a time. Painting, electrical wiring, lighting and carpentry - it all happened in full throttle. Meera Dabir, a professionsal decorative wall painting artist, shared her expertise on wall painting and taught our community members how to paint walls. For most of the members, it was their first attempt at wall painting and the most fun thing they had done in a while. Here's a glimpse [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1202953739731450[/embed]   Over the last couple of weeks, we got the space looking like this To this - And THIS - And that's our wood working area -   Maker's Asylum was invited to be a part of the 3D Printing World Expo held in Nehru Center. It was a great opportunity to meet some of the leaders of the 3D printing scene in India. Young kids of Ryan International School too got a good exposure to 3D Printing technology. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1203451746348316[/embed]   Meanwhile, makers from around the country had gathered in Mumbai at Somaiya campus in Vidyavihar for showcasing their creation at Maker Mela. Being the 1st version of it, Maker Mela attracted a huge number of engineers and designers and other DIY hackers for their two-day long maker festival. Good to see the maker culture spreading swiftly across the country.   Asylum hosted the Barcamp 2015 on 11th October. Around 100 people walked in for the event and saw a diverse mix of speakers from technology to consumer complaints, start-ups and science fiction. [embed]https://www.facebook.com/makersasylum/posts/1204212536272237[/embed]   And we celebrated our team member Yash's birthday simultaneously. Hope you have a great year Yash! And wait. Picture abhi baki hai! Sunday(18th Oct) we throw open the doors of Maker's Asylum to the janta of Mumbai. People who apply for Memberships on Sunday 18th October will have their membership cycle start from the 1st November, that means 12 extra days of membership at the space :D Existing paid members you are invited to come and renew your membership on Sunday. Your first month that is November at the new Asylum is on us.

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