Nagaland: COVID-19 pandemic continues to inspire innovations

(Left) O Jungio with his newly built automatic hand wash dispenser (Right) the automatic hand wash dispenser built by Jungio.
(Left) O Jungio with his newly built automatic hand wash dispenser (Right) the automatic hand wash dispenser built by Jungio.

Morung Express News
Kohima | July 21

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken the world but it has also inspired ingenuity in young people even as another Naga lad put his engineering mind to develop an automatic hand wash dispenser. 

O Jungio, a graduate of National Institute of Engineering (NIE), Mysore, one of India’s top engineering colleges has built an automatic hand wash dispenser in two and half days mostly with the use of salvaged electronic items inclusive of an old coffee bottle. The only item he bought for the ‘very simple and quick project’ as he calls, it was an electronic sensor.

“The current situation demands from each of us to contribute and help out in whatever small way possible to the best of our capacity and capability. This is perhaps, in my own small way, my humble contribution,” O Jungio expressed in a conversation with The Morung Express. And although, in his words, “it doesn't figure much in the overall scheme of things - medical professionals putting in sleepless hours, frontline workers working round the clock, etc - I am glad to be a part of the 'Makers community' of Nagaland who in the past few days have shown the world around that our boys and girls, if given the chance, can rise up to any occasion.”

Putting across that he learned about 'open source electronics' while pursuing his bachelor’s degree by watching YouTube tutorials and following blogs, he said, “I might have missed some classes in the course of all this, but looking back it was definitely one of the best things I have taught myself.”

Dwelling further on the automatic hand wash dispenser, he said that it can also function as liquid dispenser. “It is not something very novel but this is something I have been meaning to do for a long time,” he enlightened. O Jungio further conveyed that he has initially built the dispenser as a prototype for personal use but with requests pouring in from friends and relatives, he is likely to develop more in the days to come.

“I am more than happy to share the knowledge about how it is made,” he stated while listing the parts used for building the automatic hand wash dispenser consisting of TIP32C transistor, 1K Ohms resistor, Mini-submersible pump and Proximity sensor. “As far as sharing the knowledge, whatever little knowledge I have, I am more than happy to share,” he affirmed.

While there are resources available out there, it certainly required his ingenuity to build something like this. “Soldering,” he revealed was the trickiest part of the process but overall, he impressed upon was a fulfilling experience.

O Jungio is currently based out of Delhi and is also an alumnus of Kohima Science College, Jotsoma. He is also the author of “Kalopsia” comprising of 91 poems which was published last year in July.