Sonic Architect: Wilson

A tribute to the brilliant Progressive Rockstar Steven Wilson!

Satisfy your inner audiophile with this hand crafted wooden audio system! The Sonic Architect Wilson is handmade using Teak and Pine wood with a handwoven fabric grill. Each unit is hand assembled based on “Less is More” approach. A power switch and an aluminum volume knob makes the system easy to use.

Specifications
– 20 Watt Class D Amplifier
– 2.2″ Full Range Driver
– Passive Radiator
– 3.5mm AUX Input
– Aluminum Volume Knob
– Stained Teak Enclosure
– Handwoven Fabric Grill
– 12 Volt DC Power Adapter

Sonic Architect: Lasercut Series

This new line is an amalgamation of digital fabrication, DIY and handcraftsmanship. Every system is handmade using MDF lasercut panels, grill and is hand assembled. Very functionalist in its approach, the speakers fit well along the lines of “Less but Better”; A lasercut Volume Knob, a 3.5mm AUX jack and a Micro USB charging port is all that these systems have. All the systems are powered by a Class D Amplifier and uses Fullrange drivers along with a Lithium Ion Battery lasting around 10-15 hours depending on the usage.

 

Portable music back with a Classic form!

 -Efficient 6 Watt Class D Amplifier
-Small Form Factor with Big Sound
-Sealed MDF Enclosure
-2000 mAh Battery
-Fullrange Drivers
-3.5mm AUX input
-Stained Grill
-Lasercut Volume Knob

Available as built and in kit form. Made to order.

Sonic Architect: Stevie Ray Vaughan

Sonic Architect’s Stevie Ray Vaughan(SRV) is an amalgamation of digital fabrication, DIY and hand-craftsmanship. The vintage character of SRV comes from the usage of materials like wood, leather and lasercut grill. Every system is handmade using Sagwan wood and MDF lasercut grill and is hand assembled. The system is built on Dieter Rams ideology of “Less but Better”. The volume knob acts as an On/Off switch and the listener just needs to plug in the 3.5mm AUX cable and let the music play. Charging is done using a micro USB cable. SRV packs a punch with its full range drivers and an efficient class D amplifier and comes with a 25 hours worth of portable fun.

  • Efficient 6 Watt Class D Amplifier
  • Handmade to Order
  • Small Form Factor with Big Sound
  • Sealed Sagwan Enclosure
  • 4400 mAh Battery
  • 1.6″ Full-Range Drivers
  • 3.5mm AUX input
  • Detailed and Natural Sound
  • Leather Handle
  • Aluminium Knob

Watercolor Poetry

I transform words into watercolor poetry. From simple quotes to songs, I like to make small 9cmx10cm hand-lettered cards. Made using watercolor, paper, a brushpen and some micron pens. These handmade token of love and affection are made for friends and family for the happy times.

 

If anyone is interested in buying or get a new set made, send an email to thappa.sahil@gmail.com

Wood Wonders

There is something different about flying a real toy airplane and one on the screen. Kids have shifted from tangible toys to virtual one. Is this physical disconnect going to lead to a behavioral shift in the ways we perceive things and their meaning?

We should involve kids in the making of things. Some “Hard Fun” is required. They should be encouraged to come up with their own games and toys which could materialize in front of them. That what the maker movement is about all this, making sense of the world around. Maybe we can start with reintroducing the simple wooden toys and the ways of making them to the kids. From my experience with the kids in Riverside and Dharamshala, I figured out most of the kids want to make things, specially toys and games but sadly we are not facilitating them in the way they should be.

Arvind Gupta has been doing phenomenal work for the past few decades and he has been instrumental in delivering the basics of maths and science (in a cost-effective way) to a lot of underprivileged kids. And his ways of teaching is so much fun and kids actually enjoy the entire process of coming up or making new things.

I think that there is really a need for us to make sure that the kids growing up now have a sense of the real world and that they are not lost in the infinitely vast virtual world. There is a need for synthesis of these two worlds cause the kids who are in school now would end up living in a future which none of us adults can imagine. A few decades back there was a possibility of predicting what could happen in the coming 5 years. It’s not like that anymore. The variables have increased and changed. So, it is our duty to make sure that we prepare these kids for the ever-changing world.

Makerspace and Kids

The Riverside Makerspace is part of the school’s natural progression & evolution. At its heart, it is a direct extension of one of our core pedagogical practices – experiential learning. The Makerspace will allow  students to experience the entire cycle of problem-solving & creation. Having identified a challenge, they will collaborate to ideate, learn new skills & use new tools, design and build prototypes, test for effectiveness and refine their solutions.

As we develop the program, we expect that students who wish to enter design and engineering streams will be able to get a first-hand experience of what it means to bean engineer or a designer. We aim, over the next few years, to have all our budding designers & engineers build a portfolio of ideas and solutions developed at the Makerspace as part of their college applications : perhaps a better demonstration of their skills, interest & motivation than mere exam performance.

Following two videos are what kids could do.

Samarth: The Thinkerer (Thinker and Tinkerer)

Sandesh: Agent 100%

Innovate Inside: Towards Creative Prison Industries

 

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“At present, inmates who work for ‘prison industries’ across the globe do not learn new skills, just odd jobs. They aren’t taught skills that could make them resilient in the workplace once they leave. This is because education and work are disconnected.”
Prof. Lorraine Gamman, quoted in The Times of India, 7th March 2014.

Professor Lorraine Gamman’s research fellowship at Unbox Festival in 2014, Ahmedabad led to collaboration with Praveen Nahar of National Institute of Design (NID) on the AHRC-funded ‘Design Thinking for Prison Industries’ project which aims to break the cycle of repeat offending by equipping inmates with skills and thinking processes to help them find employment on release. The ambition of the project was to work with jails in UK and India to provide “purposeful learning activity” (a UK government requirement) that fosters creativity and wellbeing for inmates.

The purpose of the experiment was to

To find out how design can improve inmate prison experience, by teaching inmates:

  • how to design a bag for another that will help keep a person and their possessions safe and sound
  • help inmates understand the business case for the designs they generate
  • experience a new learning process ‘thinking through doing’ that they could apply to other areas of their lives

To help inmates:

  • turn ideas into detailed designs
  • co-design and make bag prototypes
  • engage with customer profiling
  • understand crime data (particularly perpetrator techniques) and translate it into design for anti-theft bags

To generate new learning approaches (‘design thinking’) to engage with inmates in ways that previous education initiatives had not reached.

Download Innovate Inside: Towards Creative Prison Industries case study here.

Media coverage

CSM Public newspaper, 14 January 2016. Delivering Design Education for Prisoners.

Diana Budds, FastCo Design, 28 April 2016. The Latest In Prison Education? Design Thinking

Runa Mukherjee Parikh, The Times of India, 7 March 2014. National Institute of Design, UK-based faculty plan course for jail inmates.

Sarfaraz Shaikh, The Times of India, 27 February 2016. NID goes to Sabarmati jail for designs against theft.

Tv9, Ahmedabad, 4 March 2016. NID goes to Sabarmati jail for empowering prisoners for meaningful living.

Tv9, Gujarati, 28 February 2016. NID goes to Sabarmati jail to teach theft-proof designs to inmates.

Times New Network, 22 March 2016. Convicts help design theft-proof bags.

 

 

iTouch Leather & Felt Cover

My iTouch has been feeling neglected for a while. It’s grown old and needs love and care. So, I decided why not make a nice and minimal cover for it, cause iTouch likes simplicity a lot.

I had some tan leather and felt with me and a vague idea about the look and feel of the cover. So, I got down to business. Cut leather and felt, glued them together, stitched it and ta daaaaa. It’s done!

I ended up writing an Instructable also.

Sketch

CNC milled storage units

As I mentioned earlier that we are creating Riverside makerspace furniture. This post is about the storage furniture for keeping powered tools, electronics and other raw material.

We wanted to show kids the sort of things you can create with a CNC mill and the different types of joineries and assemblies which can be achieved. They have been colored in such a way that from any view you can identify the different panels which join.

These storage units are really easy to assemble and can be put together in matter of minutes. To make them real sturdy, after assembling them we put screws in the sides. Castor are put on the bottom to move them around the space. The only hardware used in these units are the screws and the castors.There is no hinge in the units which have doors. The doors open around two circular holes made in the top and bottom panel of the respective units. Provision for locking has been provided.

I’ll be sharing the schematics of the tables either through instructables or through the blog.

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Storage 1

Storage 1 has one main lockable compartment and one open top compartment. The top compartment will accommodate the consumables or tools which would be used frequently. The main compartment can house power tools or delicate work in progress. The locking extension is supported on one of the side panels.

Storage 1

Storage 2

Storage 2 is two compartments which can be locked using two doors. The separating shelf houses the door locking extensions. This unit will accommodate expensive electronic components, work in progress and other consumables.

Storage 2

Storage 3

Storage 3 has only one open compartment. This unit will accommodate raw material like MDF, acrylic, cardboard, foam- board and mill-board sheets.

Storage 3

 

Detailing of furniture

Let there be Light

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.

And this light could make all the difference.

I have been practicing origami for some years now and I particularly like geometric folding. An array of mountains and valleys creating beautiful 3 dimensional objects. I particularly like making geometric folded lamps. I prefer using cartridge sheet for folding. Cartridge sheet is stiff enough to hold its shape over a period of time and it diffuses light in a very beautiful way. I’ve used laser cutters to score the patterns and a lot of time I just use a scale and a cutter to fold.

In Riverside school makerspace we wanted to put some origami lamps to give the space a nice ambiance and also to fascinate and inspire the kids. We have put up 8 hand folded origami lamps and we have been getting appreciation for the work. Some teachers have been asking to keep workshop for the kids to learn origami. Maybe once the school is open again the workshop can be held.

 

 

Link to some of the best origami books I’ve come across

Some of the Paper Artists which I like

One of the best documentary on origami

Between Folds