Zai’s Plush Night Light Proposal

The “Ampers’hand” is a night light for small groups of people to stay together in a crowd. As public gatherings and events have had a comeback, getting lost in crowds has also had a larger comeback. Initially thought out as an additional assistive hand for mums with more than two children; I soon realized, music festival go-ers, friend groups, tourists etc could get an extra hand.

I wanted to add a third dimension to an ‘alphabet’ or a sign or a universal symbol for this project. The ‘&’ happened to spark my thought further adding to the ‘pun’

Does it light up?

Yes, I would like to light it up with a touch sensor so that it blinks every time someone touches the Ampers’hand.

Materials used

Cotton or Linen

Hard padding – Foamboard or Cardboard

Pillow Stuffing

This is a scaled-down prototype, that I later realized couldn’t be turned inside out 🙁

Astak IP-700 Surveillance Camera – Teardown

Hello! The MOLE is the all-in-one network camera for security and all your social network communities. A simple 3-step setup gets this Wi-Fi camera up and running so that you can automatically send video clips to YouTube, even if you’re not there. Sophisticated built-in motion detection controls what you record, and will notify you via Twitter or email if the Mole catches something.
You can remotely control the pan & tilt angles, and monitor or record video from anywhere in the world.

I was thrilled to break its parts down to see what this camera could see. For starters, an SD card came with !!

(unfortunately no footage on it)

This is the outer shelling of the camera as well as the body

Materials Used

  • Plastic: Many surveillance camera housings are made of durable plastic materials that are weather-resistant and lightweight.
  • Cables: Cables used in the camera may contain copper conductors for data and power transmission, surrounded by insulation materials.
  • Electronic Components: The internal components of the camera, such as the printed circuit board (PCB), image sensor, and other electronic parts, are typically made of various electronic materials, including semiconductors and conductive materials.
  • Rubber Seals : To make them weather-proof and moisture proof
  • Mounting Hardware: Mounting brackets and screws may be made of metal or sturdy plastic, (injection moulding)
  • Glass or Acrylic: The camera lens cover was made of glass or acrylic to protect the lens
  • Plastic or Rubber Grommets: These are used to seal cable entry points and prevent water ingress.

Manufacturing Techniques Used

  • Injection Molding
  • Metal Fabrication
  • Soldering and PCB Assembly
  • Lens Installation
  • Infrared (IR) LED Integration
  • Software/Firmware Installation

Tools used

  • Micro Screwdrivers
  • Regular Screwdrivers
  • Hammer
  • Chisel

Interesting Design elements

  • I was surprised to see not too many screws on the inside and multiple locking mechanisms to ensure there was no way water or dust could enter the camera. The build was super sturdy and pulling the two (Base & Camera) apart was definitely an issue.
  • The second thing that blew me away was the amount of tech and chips and dips in a product so small.
  • And the third is definitely have to be the Motorized Mechanisms (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) within the camera. Would love to learn a lot more!

Here’s a teardown video

Hi! I’m Zai!

I’m a Brand Strategist and Packaging designer from Mumbai, India. I build identity systems and process-driven experiences for brands that believe in the context of culture. My work stems from various cultural influences that, delve into meaningful narratives, out of the visual fodder around me.

I’ve been working in the space of brand design and strategy to create images and narratives for brands for about 4 years and through these years I’ve had the chance to work with teams and individuals designing for spaces, brands, platforms, and initiatives that believe in the value of good design and the power it has to shape minds. From outputs ranging from Brand strategy, Identity systems, Packaging design, and art direction, I believe in the idea of working together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

Apart from deep dives into artist discographies and endless listening hours, I also work on curating playlists by the day and am always open to requests 🙂


A fun ongoing project I’m constantly working towards – the Women’s Mobility Project that sprouted during the course of Covid with a couple of friends.

Womxn’s Mobility Project is a project that amplifies stories, issues, anecdotes, histories and realities of non-binary, trans and womxn’s mobility in and claim to Indian public spaces. Urban and Online.

From what started as a conversation between three of my colleagues that pursue careers in art, film, and design, we decided to legitimize the project and make it public from an idea to a platform for individuals to share ideas, reflect their thoughts, and express their opinions.

Other than that I’m an outdoorsy person, (used to be) a national-level badminton player, a bouldering enthusiast, see-ing, seeking, and eating!