The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the planet however it has likewise propelled ingenuity in youngsters even as another Naga fellow put his engineering mind to build up an automatic hand wash dispenser.

O Jungio, an alum of National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysore, one of India’s top engineering colleges has assembled an automatic hand wash dispenser in two and half days for the most part with the utilization of discarded electronic things including one old coffee bottle. The sole item he purchased for the ‘very simple and quick project’ as he calls, it was an electronic sensor.

“The current situation demands from each of us to contribute and help out in whatever small way possible to the best of our capacity and capability. This is perhaps, in my small way, my humble contribution,” O Jungio communicated in a discussion with The Morung Express. He told, “It doesn’t figure much in the overall scheme of things – medical professionals putting in sleepless hours, frontline workers working round the clock, etc – I am glad to be a part of the ‘Makers community’ of Nagaland who in the past few days have shown the world around that our boys and girls if given the chance, can rise to any occasion.”

He also stated that he learned about ‘open-source electronics’ while pursuing his bachelor’s degree by watching YouTube tutorials and following blogs. He said, “I might have missed some classes in the course of all this, but looking back it was one of the best things I have taught myself.”

Speaking more on the automatic hand wash dispenser, he said that it can also function as a liquid dispenser. “It is not something very novel but this is something I have been meaning to do for a long time,” he told. O Jungio further conveyed that he has initially built the dispenser as a prototype for personal use but with requests pouring in from friends and relatives, he is likely to develop more in the days to come.

“I am more than happy to share the knowledge about how it is made,” he stated while listing the parts used for building the automatic hand wash dispenser consisting of TIP32C transistor, 1K ohms resistor, mini-submersible pump and Proximity sensor. “As far as sharing the knowledge, whatever little knowledge I have, I am more than happy to share,” he affirmed.

While there are resources available out there, it certainly required his ingenuity to build something like this. “Soldering,” he revealed was the trickiest part of the process but overall, he impressed upon was a fulfilling experience.
O Jungio is currently based out of Delhi and is also an alum of Kohima Science College, Jotsoma. He is also the author of “Kalopsia” comprising of 91 poems which were published last year in July.

With inputs from The Morung Express

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