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Here are some cool projects to try out when you get bored:

Lemon powered AVR!!

Dhananjay's Battery-less digital dice!

How do people get such ideas?

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(Anonymous)
Oct. 31st, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
very innovative
Seriously sir, how do people get such ideas? :-)

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Hiran
pramode_ce
Oct. 31st, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Re: very innovative
And why is it that we Indians are so backward when it comes to the `ideas' department?

Maybe we don't get exposed to `ideas' ...

Maybe because the most important phase of our growth (schooling) is spent by-hearting all sorts of stupid stuff instead of being creative ...

sujith_h
Oct. 31st, 2007 05:45 am (UTC)
Re: very innovative
I give 100/100 marks for your reply. Spoon feeding is the worst part that we could see. Today when I went through your blog I came across this site
http://hilaroad.com/camp/projects/lemon/lemon_battery.html
nikkisixul
Jul. 16th, 2008 07:12 am (UTC)
What can we do, especially as young people. Migrate, most would say :) Why bother, the country is going down the drain and I don't wanna be a part of it.
horacevitelle
Aug. 11th, 2008 10:28 am (UTC)
[ ] Posted by: Anton Elliot Poe, Berlin — 01 April pm Perhaps it will be American women (white or otherwise) that will prevent this country from going totally down the drain.
budpollard
Oct. 17th, 2008 03:45 am (UTC)
[ ] Posted by: Anton Elliot Poe, Berlin — 01 April pm Perhaps it will be American women (white or otherwise) that will prevent this country from going totally down the drain.
bobbysaysanom
Aug. 11th, 2008 02:39 pm (UTC)
[ ] Posted by: Anton Elliot Poe, Berlin — 01 April pm Perhaps it will be American women (white or otherwise) that will prevent this country from going totally down the drain.
tonyaalmstad
Aug. 11th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
[ ] Posted by: Anton Elliot Poe, Berlin — 01 April pm Perhaps it will be American women (white or otherwise) that will prevent this country from going totally down the drain.
parkerlindesay
Aug. 11th, 2008 05:04 am (UTC)
Now about multicore computing lab… The IT department gives us more freedom… Though we haven’t started any serious works, we had a workshop on l10n, Raju sir, Raghesh sir and other staffs supported us very well.
cliffordhinchm
Oct. 17th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
@ Pramode sir, Thankyou sir, for your advice and for coming here. @ Hiran, Thankyou. @ Sujith, Thankyou.
prasad_ab
Nov. 1st, 2007 05:47 am (UTC)
Though we had made lemon and potato cells in school we havent used it for any other purpose than connecting it to a galvanometer and find out a million times proved thing about internal resistance. Last year I saw a torch powered by a moving magenet like this dice. It was sold for just Rs.30 per piece. A lot chinese made toys (?) like this raised the same question in my mind. How do people get such ideas? I think we must go to old gurukulams inside dense forests and undertake heavy penance to get such ideas !!!
pramode_ce
Nov. 1st, 2007 06:54 am (UTC)
Well, I don't think doing "penance" is going to give us more ideas or take us towards the path to progress :-( I have a pet theory that it is exactly this preoccupation with the `mystical' and metaphysical hocus-pocus which resulted in India becoming such a scientifically backward nation. Thus, while the Newton's and Bernoulli's and Euler's and Faraday's of the western world were busy immersing themselves in the mysteries of the material world, our `Sanyasis' were deep in `thought' exploring the `spiritual' world! And look at what it has produced! Untouchability, casteism, orthodoxy, astrology ....

gopakumar_ce
Nov. 1st, 2007 07:52 pm (UTC)
training to think!
I think the word "idea" is a by product of the ability to "dream wild and bold" Let me try to give some scientific explanation to it ;-) - I would say it is the gradual process by which the brain is made to generate enough lubrication to assist the "revolutionary" creation and destruction of erstwhile unknown cell patterns in it. Most of the cell patterns (what we have learned and stored) in our brain I believe is "evolutionary", we modify existing patterns and create slight variations of it! So as a result of this slow paced movement of the brain, the brain ceases to aid rapid creation/destruction of cell patterns.

Phew! I think I can publish this in some science journal ;-). The reason I built up such a theory is because I can feel my brain getting "heated up" :-) when I try to be really ingenious and think of "ideas" which I have never before seen/heard. Whereas if I have to attack a problem which I can connect to something or the other I have come across before, it is a piece of cake for me.

And yes, it has to do a lot with the education scenario in our country, listening from my colleagues about the education system in the schools here, the kids are rarely "taught" anything, they have to "learn" things on their own. This has the down side that a kid who is not good in "learning on their own" will end up knowing a lot less "facts" (and "facts" are enough to earn a decent living :-) than a kid who is "taught" - to put in other words, there will be a huge parity in the "knowledge" level of kids coming out of the same class whereas in our schools, almost all the kids coming out of the same class will have the same amount of "knowledge". So I guess this is the reason why we read articles which says that "kids coming out of american schools know much less math than indian kids" etc..

We should have more peoplelike Abdul Kalam who are in positions of power - he had come to inaugurate Cisco India campus and gave a simple speech. After that someone asked one of the stereotypical questions about "what will prevent India from achieveing the 2020 goal" or something like that. To that Kalam answered that economic progress and similar things are happening at a good pace and will continue, but what we want is people to dream and have confidence that "we can achieve things" and without that it would be an obstacle to growth. I felt that was a good answer!

So, while we ended up growing untrained to think, we should still continue heating up our brains under the expectation that in the next 10 years or more, some day our brain might easen up ;-)

Gopu.
piroskalijug
Jul. 16th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
Whether we consider our eyes, our brain, or our immune system, we find complex features admirably suited for the functions they perform.
elvinelliston
Aug. 6th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
We suggest that this core brain system functions adaptively to integrate information about relationships and associations from past experiences, in order to construct mental simulations about possible future events.
roccodevoni
Aug. 11th, 2008 04:40 am (UTC)
Distributed Annotation of High Resolution Biological Images Eric Rouchka, University of Louisville; Yetu Yachim, University of Louisville Background: Biological imaging techniques coupled with the affordability of large scale storage systems has made it possible to construct databases of high resolution images.
emiliosinkler
Aug. 11th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
They stipulate things like: "Before you can do human trials, you have to kill monkeys in Africa, and then rats in China.
rigobertoenniv
Aug. 11th, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
They stipulate things like: "Before you can do human trials, you have to kill monkeys in Africa, and then rats in China.
raymontizarde
Aug. 12th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
They stipulate things like: "Before you can do human trials, you have to kill monkeys in Africa, and then rats in China.
prasad_ab
Nov. 2nd, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
Some people who are against today's system of education is trying to get back the bhrahmin era so that they could once again rule every one.

If you want ideas, get trained at Project Renaissance CPS techniques http://www.winwenger.com/mind.htm
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