A one-year-old start-up, ActiveDabba that focusses on aeromodelling and artwork and craft is predicated in Coimbatore. It is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Naveen Krishnamurthy, Vidya Ravichandran, Giriprabhu Seshadri, and Gokulnath GP. The crew had been conducting workshops on aerospace from 2018. “After completing a few successful ones, we wanted to share the knowledge with a larger crowd. This is how we came up with the DIY kit idea,” says Naveen.
The design of the gliders and plane within the kits is finished in-house. “Both Giriprabhu and Gokulnath are aeronautical engineers and I am an aeronautics enthusiast. While the three of us designed the aeronautical kits, Vidya focussed on the art and craft ones” he explains.
The firm now presents a complete of 26 kits. The unfastened parts have to be assembled as per the directions on the guide. “It is made of balsa wood and plastic and is laser cut. There is a perception that aeronautics is an expensive field and we are trying to break it by providing pocket-friendly kits,” Naveen explains. The artwork and craft kits have origami, canvas portray, and pebble portray, that assist in bettering hand-eye coordination and creativity in youngsters. The crew is now engaged on making drones, satellite tv for pc and pottery kits. “We hope to launch them soon,” says Naveen.
ActiveDabba provides their merchandise throughout India. Prices begin from ₹150. Call 7845802872 or go to https://activedabba.com/ for particulars
Learn with robots
Balaji Thiru from Vilupuram has been working within the robotics business for 11 years. He is an assistant professor at the Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr Sagunthala R &D Institute of Science and Technology, Chennai and can be the founding father of the agency, Tamil Robotics Club that sells DIY robots for learners. “I finished my Masters in Robotics and started selling the kits in 2016. My dream is to introduce robotics to every child in the State,” he says. Balaji has performed free workshops for kids in rural areas in Chennai, Coimbatore, Vilupuram, and Madurai. “Robotics help a child in developing problem-solving skills and teaches them the basics of prototyping, designing, and programming. My products are simple to use and are designed to create curiosity in the mind of children.”
Balaji has 5 robotic kits. While a few of them can transfer, some others can establish obstacles and deviate from their path. “It took me two years to develop these models,” he says. The kits are pocket-friendly and begin from ₹100. “The control board is made in-house, and that helps us maintain the price. Interested children can further programme the robots to identify faces and do other tasks,” he says.
Visit https://www.tamilrobotics.club/ or name 8056834037 or 8778262286 for particulars.
Splash of colors
Coimbatore-based M Tharunikka’s Instagram web page Splashverse is full of vibrant colors. It options images of tie-dyed T-shirts, all made with the kits that she sells. “I am a Textile Engineering student and learnt the craft from college and through online research. It was fascinating and I tried it using natural dyes derived from red cabbage and beetroot for the first time during the lockdown. The purple shades came out well initially, but faded in the first wash,” she says.
Soon she procured industrial high quality dyes from Tiruppur. “This worked and the colours did not bleed.”
Her DIY kits include fixation options, a plain white T-shirt or crop prime in accordance to alternative, rubber bands, gloves, dyes, and an instruction guide. “The number of colours can be customised. I have also done videos explaining three different methods for different designs. The process is very simple, and can take around two hours,” she says.
Tharunikkia’s kits vary from ₹500 to ₹650 and she or he ships her merchandise throughout India. Visit @splashverse_ on Instagram for particulars.
Airplanes within the sky
Bengaluru-based The Arty Smarty Project was launched after the lockdown by Abhishek Saraf, Abhimanyu Saraf, and Nataliya Saxena. “We have a background in advertising and wanted to do a very creative business. Abhishek is a gaming enthusiast and my dad was a pilot in the Navy. All this inspired us to come up with DIY toy kits,” says Nataliya. They have aerodynamic kits with three plane fashions. “The designs are inspired by Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, Kamov Ka-50 and Aeronca L3,” she explains.
The parts are acrylic items which might be laser lower. “Each set takes around two hours to be assembled. The card that comes with the product has a QR code, that takes you to a demonstration video,” she says. Their craft package has a clock and a lamp that may be painted by the client. “People can select designs for the lamp from our website.” she says. The crew now works on making kits on completely different monuments from around the globe. “We are starting with the Eiffel Tower. It will be available soon,” she says.
The package begins from ₹549 and is accessible in Amazon, Flipkart, and Snapdeal. Visit https://artysmarty.in/ for particulars.
Plant a seed
Ebin Ephrem Elavathingal wished his youngster to go to a college that teaches farming. “I realised that most organisations do not give the topic any importance. I decided to launch a project called World in Farm, that introduces children to the subject,” he says. He tied up with Sakthivel Okay, an entrepreneur based mostly in Madurai, and roped in seven farmers throughout Coimbatore, Pollachi, and Madurai for his or her initiative. “We planned to take school kids to the farms every weekend and teach them farming.”
The duo drafted a syllabus that helps kids perceive the ecosystem, meals chain, seed choice, getting ready the soil, and so on and performed two classes in Madurai. Soon the pandemic struck and so they had to cease. “That is when we decided to come up with kits with all the necessary products to learn the basics of farming at home. We put out the word in our social media platforms and soon we started getting orders,” he says.
Each package comprises rigorously chosen seeds, soil combined with manure, a develop bag, natural pesticide answer, and a guide with directions on how to maintain the crops. “We source the seeds from farmers and the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University,” he says.
The package begins at ₹90. Call 8608871834 for orders