Yukti’s Plush Night Light

After ideating a few of the things my childhood self would love, I narrowed down on the ladybird for it was the easiest to hold and as a child I loved the bright colors. I think it can be hung next to the bed, like a real lady bird or on the bedside table. I wonder if we are able to even put a device in so that it can talk to the child or tell bedtime stories. In may opinion, that would be great.

Fun fact : As a child when I learnt to pick up a ladybird in my hand, I was obsessed. One day, my brother and I, collected 10-15 ladybirds in a jar and then released them in our bedroom. We shut all doors so they had no escape. Sadly, they started to die by the morning so we released them into their natural habitat. I loved this experience so much that in 4th grade, I painted my ceiling fan and wardrobe with ladybirds. My parent’s have changed houses over the years, they have always carried these fan blades along, though the painted center has changed.

My Ceiling Fan that I painted as a child.

So, I decided to make this ladybird for childhood Yukti.

To make this, I intend to have the LEDs in the 6 black polka dots.

To realize my idea, I bought two types of fabric that I want to cut and layer the top with. A sheer black that is doing to be an under layer for the top of the ladybird and an almost opaque thick furry red layer of fabric. I also intend to make the back with the tick fabric. I also bought some buttons for the eyes.

KPIs: Pre stitch these back sheer holes and then stitch the whole ladybird. I also want to make sure I get a clean thickness on the overall shape.

I’m excited!

Jabra Pro 9400 Duo / Mono Teardown – Yukti Arora

The Product : Jarba Pro 9400 Duo/ Mono

The Product

For my teardown, I got the Jabra Pro 900 Duo/ Mono, a wireless headset that enables employees to take calls from their mobile, desk and softphone all with one headset. 

It uses DECT technology to provide wireless talking, just like landline cordless devices, allowing users to move away from  150 meters/450 feet away from their desk without dropping the call. These headphones are designed for call centers or office purposes. So  great about this headphone is that it can work with multiple phones. 

The Teardown : 

The Teardown.

1. The headset stand, which has a monochrome screen, had covered screws and after finding the right screw driver, the Torx T6, I opened back to reveal a circuit board. 

The headset stand revealed a circuit board.

2. Then I moved on to the headphones,  for which I tore apart the two cushioned sides. Which further revealed three more screws, which were Torx T3 screws. 

3. On  the non headphone side, I saw that it had a magnet behind. I further learnt that magnet here help with the speakers. 

4. On the other side of the headphone where, we also had a speaker mic, the headset also had lithium batteries, copper wires and a part that helped with the rotational adjustment of the speaking area. I learnt that the copper wire is voice coil. It acts as an electromagnet for whenever the current passes. 

The copper wire, which acts as an electromagnet for the headphone speakers.

Tools used to open the part. 

1. Torx T6 & T3

2. Flathead 1mm

Materials that were used in this headset : 

1. PVC , through injection moulding machines.  

2. Rubber

3. Artificial Leather

4. Memory Foam

5. Copper wires

6. Circuit Board

7. Metal Charging plates

8. Wires

9. Screws

10. Silicone screw covers

11. Sealing wax etc.

What I loved about these headphones is that the headphones stand, also serves as a charging device which makes it easy for the user to worry about, running out of battery, unlike even some very expensive models, where you have to charge the headset separately. This device felt very similar to the cordless phones and the way they  charge and the designers here probably took the inspiration from there. 

Thanks for reading. Hope you got to know a little more about wireless headsets used in settings where the job is to be on the phone all the time. 

Hi, I am Yukti!

I grew up in New Delhi, India and moved to the US for my undergrad at the age of 18 and have lived and worked across  both of these countries. I’ve been in America for about 7 years and whisked off to India in between, to pursue my entrepreneurial calling. 

I studied Industrial Design at Ohio State University where, I discovered that my greatest passions and abilities were at the intersection of visual thinking, design research and service design. After working for a bit and moving on from my first startup, I realized that I want to work on problems that excite me and could have an impact on the world.

In search for impact, I founded Buildsys, a construction productivity app. Here, I learned what it takes to manage a creative culture, built teams that approach problems from a human centered perspective, crafted business, sales and marketing strategies and designed a SAAS product that is easy to use and adopt. 

During this time, I also fell in love with the power of play and  taught myself game design and created Wazo Space Station, an interactive digital dollhouse set in outer space designed for play, storytelling and fun for kids ages 3-6. I am now in the process of launching it in the App Store. 

My friends and family call me Yuki, pronounced “Yoo-key🗝”.  Fun fact,  Yukti, pronounced “Yook-tea ☕️” means ‘an idea 💡’ in hindi and playing with ideas, is my favorite thing to do! Speaking of playing, when not doing serious play, I can be found practicing Bharatnatyam, roller skating, spending time in nature, #yukifont-ing and painting. 

Roller Skating Yuki
#yukifont, See more on my Instagram @yukiarora.

I am looking forward to this class and grateful to have Becky as our instructor. I am excited learn the basics of physical computing and know more about it’s possible applications. At the same time a little terrified of sewing and looking forward to overcoming that fear this semester 😀 !