RiiDl, an innovation solution providing center and accelerator focusing on groups working on real problem solving, skill improvement and developing new ventures have become a detention for young engineering talents. And today it has added another feather to its cap – an automated chess board.
The center has helped number of budding talents in realizing their dream and giving their fairy tale dreams a reality touch. Bhavya Gohil and Aatur Mehta, young students of KJ Somaiya College of Engineering had all praise for this most fascinating help. “Along with the curriculum, we played around with various tech hacks and small projects since the first semester in our spare time,” says Bhavya.
Like any engineering student while preparing for grades they nurtured dreams of evolving some great solutions helping users and converting it into successful business applications. The project they took intended to build an automated chess board visually impaired. Like all trades have their own specific challenges, this also offered the same to this young talent. “It is uncommon to see freshers work on such projects but we were glad to be put in touch with RiiDL – the research lab of Somaiya Vidyavihar,” they fondly recollect.
“During our second year of Electronics Engineering, a few of the concept proto-types which we made at RiiDL were even featured at events held at Maker Faire – Rome, Godrej, Capgemini, Wassup Andheri, IIT Bombay, and IIT Kharagpur. The positive feedback from these events is what encouraged us to continue,” says Aatur.
In just four months, they were able to develop a prototype concept which received attention from students, faculty and chess lovers and the enthusiasts.
“Instead, we decided that all the manufacturing would be done in India, which gives a proud feeling of supporting #MakeInIndia campaign. We decided to start a small assembly line at our lab to ensure maximum quality output. Being an early startup, this would really help us build a lasting relation with our customers,” says Aatur. Their team has built four prototypes. The project was fun and challenging for founders.
“We have also received lot of customization requests from chess clubs, and this got us started working on R&D of our next line of products too!” says Bhavya.