It has been a week since I joined the Researchime team but I started working on my task well before I was officially taken in. I have been working with electronics, on similar projects for more than 5 years. This led me to assume that my job was simple when the idea was first explained by Dr. Shashaanka Ashili.
Counting on my experience and my knowledge I first thought that I could complete the first version of the project in a week's time. I started by designing the features according to the requirements on a paper and soon I completed the theoretical part. After it was approved by Dr. Shashaanka Ashili, I continued by building a prototype with what was available in my inventory. I did not have all the necessary components at my disposal and also couldn't buy them immediately due to the lockdown. I performed a few tests with satisfactory results but that was just 20% of what was to be done that week.
After I knew that e-commerce websites are online, I ordered a couple of sensors. Upon testing one of them, I realized that it wouldn't cut it. Either the theory is wrong or the sensor is defective, I went with the second case and returned it to the seller.
Reality check, a week has passed and I did not reach my ambitious goal. Although I did lay the foundation and the blueprint of what has to be done, I could not give it life. I would not put all the blame on myself as I could hardly do anything without the critical pieces and they were available on time. I'm just 10% into my journey and I know the remaining fraction would be strewn with failures and difficulties. After all, that's what I'm here for, to fail in every possible way and learn from the mistakes.