GCompris Camera Activity

September 25, 2012 § 2 Comments


GCompris is a high quality educational software suite comprising of numerous activities for children aged 2 to 10.

Give a Child the Gift of Photography And You Give a Child a Key that CanOpen New Doors to Creative Expression, New Perspectives, Confidence, ArtisticAchievement, & Fun

This camera simulation implementation is an interactive training tool made for kids to allow them to visualize the outcome of digital photos. This application consists of a screen with a grid on the top left which enables photo selection to carry out experiment. The selected picture is displayed on the photo board. Slider controls on the bottom of the screen aids in demonstrating the six major camera functionalities including Lighting, ISO, Aperture, Distance, Focal Length, Aperture, Shutter Speed. To begin with, distance control is used to simulate how close or far you are in relation to the subject. Moving the focal length slider is the same as zooming in and out using camera lens. Shutter speed slider can be used to experiment with different indoor and outdoor lighting conditions or to capture or freeze the motion of pictures. Aperture on the other hand is connected with the shutter speed and indicates depth of the field. ISO property can be altered to generate over and underexposed photos. Camera button helps to capture the simulated picture in order to observe the result pattern.

Code can be found here: https://github.com/insidevivek

Team: Srishti Sethi



June 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

Sparsh – A Touch-sensitive desktop. “Sparsh” means “touch” in Hindi
– 2008, NovMultitouch, FTIR

Anirudh Sharma, Rahul Motiyar, Sudhanshu Gautam, Vivek Anand

– 1st prize at IIT Kanpur Techkriti 2009.
– 1st prize at BITS Pilani’s Entrepreneurship Product Pitch Competition.
– Initial ConceptS work of “Team Sparsh” covered by Times Of India.

Sparsh is an interactive multi-touch table made by using FTIR techniques. In a team of 4, we designed, developed, and built a fully functional working prototype of a multi-touch console based on Jeff Han’s FTIR, with a range of software. It is a user interface that allows people to interact with computers and the digital content the same way they have interacted with everyday items their entire life: with their hands and with gestures. It allows photo manipulation, visual effects, virtual reality, painting, etc.

Later in 2010, we worked on Concept S, a media mashup wall for kids and the elderly.

– 2010, Feb

The project aimed at creating simple interactions for kids and people with keyboard-mouse illiteracy. We developed a graphical Zoomable User Interfaces (ZUIs) that could be easy, fun, and relatively easy for such target group. It is an interactive 100″ multitouch wall from India designed using Laser Light Plane (LLP) at IIT Delhi. This project was showcased at Degree Design Show at Industrial Design and Development Center (IDDC). It facilitates aerial gesture-based based human-computer interaction using infrared LED gloves.


April 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

“A virtual sphere around you to help you track the things you care about and carry along.”

Implemented using RF communications.
An Arduino-based smartphone application that ameliorates the concept of a human-centered virtual cloud sphere and keeps a track of things we care about. It allows tagging of your important stuff with help of RFID smart card stickers. If you accidentally move away from your stuff or the stuff moves away from you, it will notify on your smartphone using communication techniques provided by Arduino. It also allows virtual social networking to share things with your friends in real life. This project was prototyped and developed at Design Innovation Workshop, Delhi conducted by MIT Media Lab.

Kunal Gupta, Sagar Mohite, Nishank Varshney

Nan Zhao, Nan Wei Gong (MIT Media Lab)

Sphero Presentation:

MIT Media Labs Design & Innovation Workshop India – 2012

April 10, 2012 § Leave a comment

March 26-30, 2012

Apeejay Stya University, Delhi.

I reached Delhi from Bangalore around 10:30 AM and took an auto for Apeejay School, Seikh Sarai. From the registration counter, I got my Identity card for the track Sensor Mediated Environments.

Designing from the real world:

We were instructed to do a field trip in order to observe the common problems and sketch them out and come with one or many solutions. It was a great learning for me in terms of how to spot a problem, understand it, give it a name and find out the way to solve it.

We sketched the problems that we saw around, during the field trip. Once we were back, we worked in groups of 4 to design a solution for that problem we had picked.

Our Mentors, Nan Zhao, Nan Wei Gong helped us a lot as we were foggy about the idea and not sure if this is the direction we wanted to go into. They advised us on how to sieve out the unnecessary details and focus on solving the core problem.

PS: Learn more about the idea and the prototype here.

Team Sphero with the Mentors

For the next three days, we all were discussing the use cases, scenarios and did the rapid prototyping. and on the last day, we presented the working prototype to the guests, mentors, and visitors. It was a great experience for me to learn about other Teams’ ideas and their thought process.

The workshop provided a platform for us to learn the principals of design and techniques for innovation and building ideas in a short time frame. I loved all the sessions and prototyping our idea.

Team Sphero: Kunal Gupta, Sagar Mohite, Nishank Varshney, Vivek Anand

Mentors: Nan Zhao, Nan Wei Gong (MIT Media Lab)

Project details and code can be found here: https://github.com/touchaddict/MIT-Media-Lab-Design-and-Innovation-workshop

Goodbye, Steve..

October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Goodbye, Steve. You lived. You really, really lived.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are doing to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
-S.Jobs, 2005 Commencement address, Stanford

MT mini | DIY | Cheaptest Multitouch setup

October 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

See jeff hen’s video below:

Materials Required (Hardware)-
-Cardboard Box
-Transparent/clear material like Piece of Glass/acrylic
-Paper sheet
-Normal Webcam or Video Camera.
-Optional Picture Frame

Software – http://code.google.com/p/touchlib/

MT Mini is best for testing and you can make it in 7 to 8 hundred rupees. Prototyping is very easy.

Linux User Group Bikaner

February 12, 2010 § 1 Comment

Linux User Group Bikaner


Software Freedom Day 2009

February 12, 2010 § Leave a comment

First Prize at BITS Pilani (apogee ’09)

June 11, 2009 § Leave a comment

27th international technical festival of BITS Pilani

First Prize at IIT Kanpur’s Techkriti

May 26, 2009 § Leave a comment