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This is a set of Sikku Kolams, which is a type of traditional Kolam design in which there is level of complexity involving sharp curves and a bit of mathematical calculations – as it is drawn from a matrix of dots. Hope you enjoy! Leave a comment if you want to see more!

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தீராக்காதல்….

கோலத்தின் மேலுள்ள ஒரு தீராக்காதல் இந்த சேனலை தொடங்க முன்னோட்டமிட்டது. அனைவரும் பார்த்து லைக் இட்டு சப்ஸ்கிரைப் செய்து ஆதரவு தாருங்கள். அனைவருக்கும் இது பிடிக்குமென நினைக்கிறேன்.!

I am old and alone at home! Who can be my companion?

I am old and alone at home!

We hear this quite often these days by our elder folks at home. In this material world everyone at home runs behind something, leaving behind the old ones at home. No one has any time to show care, give affection,  a warm hug,  protection, basically the most needed attention to elders at home. Every single soul in the world runs behind something which they think they could achieve but conveniently they forget that there is a phase of life that all need to face. That is called old age.

Who can be my companion then? Parents/old ones at home raise their brows with perplexed attitude!

  • Who will now remind me to take tablets?
  • Who can ask me to go for a walk?
  • Who can book me a cab when I want to go out?
  • Is there a way, I can ask for some food without using my mobile. I have eyesight issues, I can’t use mobile apps?
  • Can anyone speak with me for a while?
  • Can I listen to spiritual songs?

oldage.png Amazon Alexa, can resolve these and be a good companion at home for the age old folks. Somewhat less  than the warmth of the  family though!

Do you agree?

Alexa, how many oranges do I have?

How nice it would be if Amazon Alexa could prompt the stock of grocery, medicine, vegetables, fruits, baby care or personal care products, from a house hold?  How good if we update our stock by making verbal statements using Alexa? How good it would be to get rid of confusing excel sheets in maintaining home inventory? How good it would be to make Alexa to send the shopping list in any category as an SMS to your number? How good it would be to check the grocery stock at home by sitting in our living room?

Watch this short demo:

 

To participate in #amazonalexalifehackschallenge,  recently I developed a useful Alexa skill to maintain, monitor and track the home inventory,  programmed to interact with the user and grow the inventory of the household items.

At many households, family members tend to forget what they require to buy while going shopping for their grocery, medicine, baby care, fruits, vegetables or personal care items. Only after returning home from the store, they remember and feel irritated for missing out on a few essential items.

This occurs as people lose track of the usage of day-to-day items to build their shopping list, which leads to lack of availability of important items at home, when needed – further leading to some inconvenience, anger or uncomfortable issues among the family members.

Inspiration:

We were inspired by such occurrences (in our own household too!) wherein poor inventory checks led to deficits or overstocking of day-to-day items. Hence, we wanted to create an efficient skill to maintain the home inventory in a fun way. This skill is designed in such a way that the members at home can maintain and monitor the inventory at their own convenience, at every instance of usage of the item.

This skill allows the user to refresh an item, use an item, get the shopping list by a specified category, check the number of items available, as well message the shopping list to the  user specified number. This skill, provides a convenient way to update a stock position at home whenever a person uses an item.

Hence, this skill can be considered as a centralized management of the home inventory. It saves time to check on each item available at home. It is more convenient for people to maintain their stock in a separate category such as medicine, baby care, fruits, vegetables, grocery etc.

Built using:

We built it using Python 2.7 (AWS Lambda environment), AWS DynamoDB (AWS Lambda environment), integrated with Way2Sms for messaging the shopping list to a user.

Challenges met with:

Setting up and designing the potential item names, categories, start of words of a phrase, end words for a phrase which is to be recognized by the Skill’s various intents.

Accomplishments that we’re proud of:

This is very useful skill to maintain, monitor and refresh items in different categories.The skill can grow the inventory by user’s inputs and can be maintained over a period of time. It can clear the items and can be refreshed with new items. We believe this skill will be of great use by the users at home in a day to day basis and to maintain and monitor their essential products and keep them available at home.  Integration with Way2Sms allows the skill to send message to the mobile number specified by the user and with the consent of the user.

What we learned

If Alexa misses to recognize the accent of the user, the skill might behave differently. The unknown phrases are handled in such a way, the skill will speak out to the user to try again.

What’s next for Home Stock

Integrate the shopping list with external applications to order online through superstores such as grocery , pharmacy, Amazon Pantry by sending the shopping list with the number of items required.

Sample statements:

Step 1: Enable Home Stock
Step 2: Say, :Alexa, Open Home Stock
Step 3: Say :Alexa I refreshed 12 oranges in fruits category
Step 4: Say :Alexa I used 5 oranges

Step 5 : Say: Alexa send my shopping list in grocery to my number XXXXXXXXXX
Step 6: Say :Alexa I added 6 oranges
Step 7: Say :Alexa Do I have any oranges?
Step 8: Say: What is my shopping list in fruits

Step 9: Say, Check my current stock in fruits
Step 10: Say: Alexa I removed oranges
Step 11: Say: Alexa I refreshed 15 oranges in fruits category
Step 12: Say: Alexa how many oranges do I have?
Step 13 Say: Alexa  stop

The skill allows to completely wipe out their inventory and start from the beginning by stating “Alexa, clear all items”. The users permission will be asked before clearing all the items and based on the response, the data will be cleared for that particular user.

Watch a demo of this skill : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9m1LceECIo

 

Marriage compliance check ..is it a myth or a boon?

Have you tried a simple android application “Nakshatra Porutham” which instantly displays compliance check details of a prospective bride and a groom – a first step to be processed in an arranged marriage?

In most of the households in southern part of India, arranged marriages are still happening. The first step on an arranged marriage is to check the compliance between the prospective bride and the bridegroom, beyond photo exchange, family background details exchange etc. ‘Janma nakshatram’ (Birth Star) plays a major role in checking such compliance.

welcome3editFrom ancient times it has become a ceremony to consult an astrologer, get his blessings to proceed with the marriage. There are many compliance factors which is expected to be matching between the bride and the bride groom. If the important factors like ‘Rajju’ or ‘Yoni’ are not matching, many elders reject the alliance stating there is ‘No proptham’ meaning its not conducive to proceed and to check with another prospect. More details here.

Astrologers normally provide this by making lots of calculations by matching the stars derived from the date of birth, time of birth of the bride and the groom. For those who does not know their birth star can generate from online web pages also. In our modern age there are people who still, strictly follow such rules when it comes to match making. For such kind of people this application will be a boon, which is built to emit the compliance results in a fraction of second 🙂