Aug 12, 2012

We are men ... We make fire !!!

Time: April 2nd 2011, 3AM
Location: Shambhavi Palace, Manipal.

The whole building is asleep. Two engineers toil through the night building the quadrocopter. Hunger sets in and they decide to make some food. The kitchen cupboards are full. The eggs are plenty. There is bread . There is butter. There is cheese and there is Maggi. The only problem there is no gas lighter or matchstick that can be used to ignite the stove.

While in Manipal i have on occasion used the heat from my laptop to heat burgers (Only possible while rendering or playing a intensive video game). However in this case we (Mudit Gupta and me) needed fire to get the job done.

If you ever find your self in a similar situation the following things don't work:
  • Trying to burn a resistor on the stove.
  • Trying to blow up a capacitor above the stove.
  • Trying to charge and then discharge a 470uF capacitor over the stove.
  • Trying to charge and then discharge a 2200uF capacitor over the stove.
  • Trying to grind a drill bit to a piece of metal to generate sparks over the stove.
  • Trying to short a 6V lead acid battery over the stove.
  • Using the heating coil from a Hot Glue Gun (What the hell were we thinking).
  • Using a soldering iron.

What does work is shorting a 24V transformer to create sparks to ignite the LPG gas.

The stove in question:

Success (Sorry for the horrible video)

If you liked this you might also like : How To Make Omelette Using Power Tool and Demel-7700-Experiments

Demell 7700 Experiments.

I already own a cordless drill which has come quite handy in all the projects I have done ever since I bought it. I thought of increasing my collection and so decided to buy a Dremel tool (7700-30). This is a 7.2v cordless rotatory tool.

With the drill I made a an omelette/defrosted a fridge so for the Dremel tool I decided to go for a similar test. This time i decided to slice a pizza using the power tool.

Step 1: Order a pizza - Dominos Regular Margherita Pizza !! 

Step 2: Charge the battery for your Dremel. Technically this should be step 1. 

Step 3: Attach cutting wheel to the Dremel.

Step 4: Slice and Dice away

Step 5: Realize it did not work because the cutting wheel size was too small. Plan to order a bigger cutting wheel.

Step 6: Use a knife. Eat Pizza.

Anyway after that failed I decided to come-up with something different to show the power of the Dremel.
I have recently purchased a dart board and have been paying around with it quite a lot due to which one or two of the darts had become quite blunt so I decided to sharpen them. My flatmate who is a photography enthusiast (More like a photography maniac) decided to click some high exposure photographs of the same. 

The Tool:

The Victim: 

The Result

Exposure: 1/640 sec , ISO 6400

Exposure: 1/200 sec , ISO 6400

Exposure: 2 sec , ISO 1000

Exposure: 2 sec , ISO 900

Exposure: 2 sec , ISO 2800

Exposure: 2 sec , ISO 2800

Photography Credits: All the good looking ones by Rahul Krishna Upadhaya.

New Desktop (Well ... Sort of)

Well this is awkward. I wrote this post about 5 months back but forgot to upload it. I just realised my mistake today while writing another post. Anyway here goes.

Finally got a new system !!!

My current laptop has been tortured enough ( May it rest in peace.

Processor: Intel i7 2600K 3.4 GHz
Mobo: ASUS P8Z68-V PRO/GEN3 Motherboard
RAM: Corsair Vengeance DDR3 4 GB 1600MHz x 2
Graphics: Zotax nVidia GTX 570
Cabinet: Cooler Master Elite 431 Plus
PSU : Cooler Master Extreme Power Plus 600 watt
HDD: Currently using the 160GB 2.5" HDD from my laptop. Will update later.
Monitor: Dell S2230MX 21.5" Ultra-Slim Monitor with LED

PS: Rendering on this is about 8.75 times faster than my laptop.