Other day I read in a newspaper about engineering students making a solar operated car. I was thrilled to know that our students are creative and enthusiastic to do something new. What we may not know is what kind of challenges they faced to build the car. They might have felt frustrated or helpless regarding some design challenges while they are building the car.
“How to do“ videos or pictures offer great ways to learn about science and engineering. But the joys of making a electric car or small robot or a crystal radio set are difficult if we don’t know what are the right steps to follow to build them.
If you have an idea about building something, you now have a chance to learn how to do it step by step or post your problem so you can get answers from the world audience. That’s because Web-based instructions — often designed by hobbyists for other hobbyists are now available for you. So go ahead and check these websites and start inventing products that people can use. Your product invention may make you an entrepreneur one day and help society to overcome a problem they face everyday. Remember “every problem is a opportunity for entrepreneurs, the bigger the problem the bigger the business opportunity for you if you can solve it” (This quote is by Mr.Vinod Khosla, the most famous venture capitalist on planet earth)
Bloggers who tinker are creating interactive tutorials, descriptive videos and step-by-step series of photographs that make it easier for all of us to confidently use the methods to overcome our challenges. Here are the links to some websites
An example of how to make a Pot that makes it easy to transfer a potted plant from one pot to other is here.
A student has made a Bicycle using bamboo. Check the details here
To find whether a patient had Pancreatitis researchers from Texas University came up with this cheap detector of the disease check this information here : http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/04/110425173846.htm
There has been a recent explosion of interest in using terahertz (THz) radiation to investigate questions in chemistry, biology, physics, medicine and materials science. Simultaneously there has been a rapid development of a broad array of experimental tools for working with THz radiation. Check this link if interested http://thznetwork.net/index.php/about
You can also post your problem in the form of a Video to Youtube asking for help. There might be somebody who can solve your problem. You just need to be smart enough to use technologies to your benefit. As always I’m there to guide you in the process of triggering your inner creative ideas and making your dreams come true.
Here is a challenge to students. Try and your efforts will give you valuable experience if not the prize of $25000 Dollars from Ingersall Rand Corp.
“Ingersoll Rand has put up >>$25000<< for prizes and scholarships to a
prototyping workshop. Tell us how you would design the $300 House –
submit your ideas, sketches, and videos >>”
If you got an Idea of how to build a $300 Dollar house click the SUBMIT Idea button on the Link below.
http://www.jovoto.com/contests/300house/ideas Good luck and contact me for guiding you on the project.