Welcome to Tinker Spark: A Hub of finely curated STEM, Robotics, Engineering, DIY, and Maker-centric content. We publish articles and news based targeted at educating, and spreading the passion of STEM.
Our articles are paired with short 'tech minute' videos that explain a concept to beginners in a short time. For further, and deeper understanding, you can read the full article we publish on the matter
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Meet the Founder
Saral Tayal started his journey in the maker movement at the age of 12, is enrolled to study engineering in Carnegie Mellon University.
His achievements include being the Grand Prize winner in Amazon’s worldwide voice activated challenge for his Smart Mirror Project. His Maker blog where he publishes his best projects has nearly a quarter million views. He has been published as a featured maker in UK-Based Hack-Space Magazine and has been also featured by Intel, ZaoBao Newspaper, Autodesk, Vulcan Post, Yahoo!, Hackaday, and Instructables. He has also judge robotics on national television (SYAA) and often talks in events such as IOTAsia, Campus Party etc.
Sharing his passion for learning has been an integral part of Saral’s making journey. At the age of 14, Saral joined XPC: one of Singapore’s first Makerspaces sponsored by Home-Fix. Here he helped design the electronics fab lab and mentor and guide fellow builders and students with their projects in the makerspace. Working With XPC, he helped organize Maker’s Block event, one of Singapore’s first Makerspaces. This was the first time he had the opportunity to reach out to a large audience and spread the concept of the maker movement. Here he held an intro to soldering and recycled cardboard f1 car building workshops while giving talks on 3D printing and what it means to be a maker. After his work with XPC, he was invited to intern with Qwikfab: a niche 3D printing startup in Singapore that built custom 3D printers for clients such as NUS, RedHat Linux, and A-Star. Here he was a key member in the design team that built their flagship 3D printer: The Beast 2.0 printer. With QwikFab, he participated in his second maker faire in Singapore where he showcased the advantages of rapid prototyping and 3D printing to a mass audience. Saral also has work and internship experience with AIG on media creation, Imran Repair in repairing consumer electronics such as laptops and cellphones. He has also worked with the Liter of Light initiative in India to install solar street lamps in areas without electricity, he has worked with government agencies on city wide cleaning protocols in India, and helped build a primary school for dunda village in India.
Grand prize winner: Amazon & Instructables Voice activated challenge
Winner of Voice activated challenge by Amazon & Instructables for my smart mirror prize. The smart mirror was created using a one way mirror film (often used in police interrogation rooms) and integrating up-cycled materials such a computer desktop monitors, an old laptop motherboard etc. Full project available here: https://www.instructables.com/id/Floating-Smart-Magic-Mirror-From-Old-Laptop/
HackSpace Magazine Featured project
An earlier prototype of my Smart Mirror which was powered by a Raspberry-Pi had a 2 page feature on the ‘top projects’ section on Hackspace Magazine (Raspberry-pi’s official magazine) Issue 5. You can read the pdf or purchase the paperback at this link: https://hackspace.raspberrypi.org/issues/5 . The article on my project is on page 12 and 13.
National TV Judge and host for the robotics category of 'Star Young Achiever Awards'
I was a mentor and a judge for all the contestants in the robotics and innovation category international TV-Show Star Young Achiever awards. Originally aired on international Tv June 2018.
Vulcan Post Publication’s interview & article
Vulcan post did a full length interview and article about how I have been participating in ‘DIY’ and the ‘Maker movement’ since the age of 13, teaching kids robotics while serving my national service, and projects I have made and am working on.
Read the full article at https://vulcanpost.com/646909/saral-tayal-smart-mirror-singapore/
ZaoBao Newspaper Feature
I was featured by ZaoBao Newspaper (Singapore’s #1 Chinese newspaper) for my Tool-Changing 3D printer (Full Build Guide available here) and award-winning smart mirror.
I have been invited and spoken at events and conferences in Singapore such as IOTAsia, Campus Party, Maker Faire, and IIT Alumni events.
Some of my talks can be viewed on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2bjwmj-qlj4Ktb0OI-B1Xg?view_as=subscriber
Other misc media coverage
I have been covered by Yahoo! Singapore, Instructables, Autodesk etc…
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