Have we met before?
Let’s start simple
Photography

The Project

• Creativity, Vision
• Calculation, Technology
• Technique and Trickery

BHEN...
That’s just photography!
“Just” a photographer

Multi-Specialist
ISO  Aperture

ISO 





Coffee Food
Noise Reductio...
Skills Mix
Tools &
Usage
Software
Skills

Photography

Project
Objective
Social
Skills

Human
Physiology

Research
pol·y·math

/ˈ
päliˈmaTH/
Well-known polymaths
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)
• Painter, Engineer, Inventor, Botanist

Richard (Billy) Arnold (1905-1...
Any polymath you know?
Every 5 year old!
… and “that person”, your
walking encyclopedia friend
… and you, if you can break...
Breaking / making a polymath
Nurture secondary skills

•
•
•
•

Revisit your choices
Open “closed issues”
Google’s “20% rule”
Set self-challenges
A challenge for a polymath
Challenge: Mobility device for the blind

Improve upon the
“white cane”
Products exist, but exp...
Skills Mix
Optics
Product
Engineering

Economics

Software

Concept

Human
Physiology

Electronics

Production
Logistics
C...
My solution
WyFindr: A “light cane” for the visually impaired:

• Non-contact device, new safety capabilities
• Detect app...
Simple concept

Piezo
Vibrator

Vibration
Driver

Microcontroller

Infrared
Beam
IR Sensors

Obstruction
reflects beam
Device CAD
What will we achieve?
• Enhanced safety
• Extended range
• Vibration feedback
• Motion sensing
• Improved
precision
• Soci...
Enough of concepts…
Application to business world
In the Workplace

I do… many things
In the Workplace
Requirement

Final
Output

PMath

I do… many things

Final
Output
In the Workplace
Too many = disaster
Easily distracted, bored
Must prioritize effectively
Provide “nascent polymaths”
Rep...
Turning the tables: Your turn
Challenge: Innovative cell-phone power
Aesthetics

Others?

Technology

Study
Problem
Collab...
Your Action Plan
(homework!)

•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Allocate time – Daily + Weekly
Identify a mentor
Learn new skill
Rinse & repe...
Anti-social behaviour is a trait of
intelligence in a world full of conformists
- Nikola Tesla
"You can be a Polymath: Innovation through Multidisciplinary Thinking" - slides and video
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  • Sensing & vibration prototypes readyProduct design CAD completePreliminary user testing 1st roundFull working prototype WIPCrowd-funding launch: 1-2 monthsGrant from UK NGO under discussionManufacturing partners identifiedPublic announcement soon
  • Instead of the normal recruitment process in which people are brought in who have the skills needed by the firm and the values it most admires, innovative companies must let down their barriers. They must accommodate those whose skills are more peripheral and whose goals are suspect.Barry M Staw, Why No One Really Wants Creativity
  • Aesthetics: Yup, first priority!Technology: Energy densityEngineering: Feeding powerEconomics: Cost per JouleOther disciplines?
  • "You can be a Polymath: Innovation through Multidisciplinary Thinking" - slides and video

    1. 1. Have we met before?
    2. 2. Let’s start simple Photography The Project • Creativity, Vision • Calculation, Technology • Technique and Trickery BHENDI BAZAAR, MUMBAI Documenting an urban habitat on the threshold of transformation
    3. 3. That’s just photography! “Just” a photographer Multi-Specialist ISO  Aperture ISO    Coffee Food Noise Reduction Image Stacking
    4. 4. Skills Mix Tools & Usage Software Skills Photography Project Objective Social Skills Human Physiology Research
    5. 5. pol·y·math /ˈ päliˈmaTH/
    6. 6. Well-known polymaths Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) • Painter, Engineer, Inventor, Botanist Richard (Billy) Arnold (1905-1976) • Racer, PhD (MIT), WW2 General Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) • Actress, Scientist, Inventor (FH-SS)
    7. 7. Any polymath you know? Every 5 year old! … and “that person”, your walking encyclopedia friend … and you, if you can break the social conditioning … Wait, what?
    8. 8. Breaking / making a polymath
    9. 9. Nurture secondary skills • • • • Revisit your choices Open “closed issues” Google’s “20% rule” Set self-challenges
    10. 10. A challenge for a polymath Challenge: Mobility device for the blind Improve upon the “white cane” Products exist, but expensive, imprecise And for the deaf blind? Even less! A multifaceted challenge…
    11. 11. Skills Mix Optics Product Engineering Economics Software Concept Human Physiology Electronics Production Logistics CAD
    12. 12. My solution WyFindr: A “light cane” for the visually impaired: • Non-contact device, new safety capabilities • Detect approaching objects, sense further away • More Discreet than white cane: Like a flashlight White Cane: Image By Sarah Chester (email sent to User:Graham87) [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Flashlight: Image By photo © 2005 by Tomasz Sienicki [user: tsca, mail: tomasz.sienicki at gmail.com] (Own work) [CC-BY-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5), GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons
    13. 13. Simple concept Piezo Vibrator Vibration Driver Microcontroller Infrared Beam IR Sensors Obstruction reflects beam
    14. 14. Device CAD
    15. 15. What will we achieve? • Enhanced safety • Extended range • Vibration feedback • Motion sensing • Improved precision • Social comfort • Low cost, Rs.5000 August Anderson (left) in TV series Covert Affairs is blind, and uses a fictional laser cane which emits a visible blue laser pattern
    16. 16. Enough of concepts… Application to business world
    17. 17. In the Workplace I do… many things
    18. 18. In the Workplace Requirement Final Output PMath I do… many things Final Output
    19. 19. In the Workplace Too many = disaster Easily distracted, bored Must prioritize effectively Provide “nascent polymaths” Repetitive Innovative I do… many things
    20. 20. Turning the tables: Your turn Challenge: Innovative cell-phone power Aesthetics Others? Technology Study Problem Collaboration Engineering Economics
    21. 21. Your Action Plan (homework!) • • • • • • • Allocate time – Daily + Weekly Identify a mentor Learn new skill Rinse & repeat Pick challenge / project Create something Get it reviewed
    22. 22. Anti-social behaviour is a trait of intelligence in a world full of conformists - Nikola Tesla

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