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Take us through your personal story. So we were engineers and we like to tinker around stuff and we like play around open stuff make and break stuff and we've been doing that for quite some time. You know, whenever we get our hands on something which is new unique something. They're curious about it is open it up and don't get to know how things work. And that's what has led to us having a start-up Tech startup in Infivention Technologies and And coming up with products like it's automated. Okay, but tell us about yourself where you come from what's your background. So my educational background is an electronics engineer and I'm from Mumbai and I've been you know into physics and science and that's what my education background is. And other than that I have been liking to make stuff will be cooking or whatever or just experimenting with creativity. That's what I am. Okay. Now now tell me how did you come up with this idea? So a couple of years back me and my colleague Bhavya you who is now my co-founder. We were discussing on how board games have lost their touch. And we also wanted to implement a solution where in the visually impaired could challenge computer on a game of chess, you know, so they required a tangible board because it was impossible for them to play on a device on a computer. So we are on some research and we didn't find any such technology and then we visited the chest for the blind school and there we got to know about how they play a game of chess and it was just two users playing against each other with a board which I'll braid inscription on the coins. So we took off from there we experimented with the various hardware combinations and try to have a board where they visually impaired could play against and in under a year. We had a working prototype functional. So that's that was the starting point for us. So but why did you want to do this? It was just a curiosity of how we can use technology to make their lives easier or you're not just try to implement a solution for them. It was not just chess but it was how to improvise the game experience for someone who's visually challenged that was the question mark which we wanted to solve because such a technology didn't exist for them gaming for them wasn't it? Didn't have many options. I can say why visually impaired is it nothing personal to you or It's not personal. It's just it was out of discussion that we had and we started from there. It hasn't been personal. But just you know, we wanted to do something to the community and now that's how we started. So how is it going now? How are you doing now? It's growing rate when we started and we made a first prototype we showcase this Maker Faire room back in 2014. And the response from the audience was great the visitors. They just love the technology and the prototype which we had made it was the visually impaired could also use it. But at the same time a normal person could also play a game of chess against the computer. So you're on the users were quite intrigued by the technology of the responses of physical movements happening on the board. That was like someone something that people were seeing for the first time. So that's what inspired us to take this forward. We still have a model which is in development near the visually impaired can play on a physical device. But we've shifted more focused in developing like a product from a prototype to a product for the normal users as well and you know bring this out in the market. Okay. So also you claim something that people can play from anywhere in the world? Yes through internet, right? So does that mean both are both parties should have your product or is it one party can do not necessarily it not necessarily. So a person the opponent can be, you know traveling and can play a game of chess on the go and but at the same time be connected to the opposite user who is at his home or office or somewhere and I'm playing chess. In a relaxed manner so it's not necessarily that both users have the device. But if they have then it will just enhance both their experiences and bridge distances. Also, you have an app as well. Yes. We have an app. It's a similar to our Facebook app, you know when you search user by their name or the username you send them a friend request and from there on once the user accepts then you can play games against them and the app is going to keep a track of all the games. That you've played wins losses and drawers and things like that and give you a good statistical analysis that the how well you've been playing against your friend how well you've been improving your game in general. Wow, that's cool. So how do you make money? We sell the hardware. So we are a hardware startup and our idea is to give out the hardware to the users. So they can experience the technology and form community around this through over the past few months. We've been visiting various chess schools here in India and various colleges and asking the users to try out the technology and the response again has been really positive. So we allow people to try and we have our unit set up at various cafes over here in India. Yeah, and if someone is interested to get the board then they just get in touch with other and they get the hardware which they are when they asked their friends to download the app and you know challenge them on the board. Wow. So how much the hardware cost like Right. now we are selling the premium unit which is costing approximately thousand dollars. Thousand dollars for is it is it normal? Sorry for my ignorance, but I don't know much about this market, right? So is it normal for a chessboard to be thousand dollars? It depends on what kind of chess boards. Usually they can start anywhere around $10 and then it continues from there. But the uniqueness of what our chess board offers is it gives you automation right? So you can play against the computer but on a physical device and the complete board is made out of premium rosewood and each and every chest coin is handcrafted and there is various hand carvings and the on the body of the board. So that's The cost is quite high and collector. It would be like a special collectible addition of an automated chessboard. So because currently we are just starting to roll out in the market. And since the technology is quite new that's why the costs are quite high but down the line we do intend to you know manufacture this in mass and get the course to about this one $49 a few months down. The line will be releasing a model like that. So is it you bootstrapped or Are you funded startup? So for over a year, we've been bootstrapped and we we've been you know, getting commitments for our seed round currently and we have a commitment from you from a few angel firms so we can see maybe in a couple of weeks. We will be funded but the operations until now they've been bootstrapped by me and my co-founder.