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It was sometime in 2012 when I saw this lovely Salah Indicator in Jame Masjid, Mallepally, Hyderabad, India:It was dammn beautiful & innovative around that time as otherwise, the only prayer clocks that we usually had were the ones that displayed the Azan times (shown below) and were predominantly used in Saudi Arabia etc where Jamath is based on the Azan times.
However, in the Indian subcontinent, most Jamath times are usually fixed (except for Maghreb) and the Salah Time Indicator by Adbullahs.in (http://www.abdullahs.in) aimed to solve this very problem.
I was very much intrigued about this and me & Dad got talking and I eventually ended up asking the price of it. And the price he mentioned almost made me speechless for a while. It was ~ INR 48,000! I was like,😲! Asked him if the Masjid folks themselves purchased it, and pat came the answer: “Nope, it was sponsored by a Company (RR Masala)”. Aah, there it is…
I wasn’t able to focus on work at Office the next day or so. This Clock’s picture would keep hitting my brain and I’d start thinking and pondering about it over and over. I had too much of these permutational & combinational thoughts and I decided I was going to make this myself, albeit at a much affordable price!
Couple of months later (in 2013), this was my rude functional prototype:
The following framed clock will make the video above more understandable:
At around this time, I was contemplating Starting Up, and lo and behold, I became an Entrepreneur & Founded PotentialLabs. Juggling between my day Job & Entrepreneurship made it very difficult for me to focus on bringing this Prayer Clock to market. Even though I quit my Job in Dec, 2014 to focus full time on my Company, I found it almost impossible to continue on this project, and before I realized, many years had passed and this clock started accumulating dust and dying away 😢.
However, I’d sometimes get guilty and emotional when I’d see one of the original Abdullahs.in Automatic Prayer Indicator Display in Masjids and lament at myself for not completing the Project & launch it in market. My hands would always usually be full at my Startup and I couldn’t re-launch this project.
Fast >> 2018, my Startup was in auto-pilot mode for a while & I was working on some Wireless Full Color LED Scrolling Displays (buzzword: IoT Message Displays ;)). I was experimenting with different pixels, LEDs, Display units etc and I stumbled upon this P10 Red LED Display panel:
These are the ones usually used in those outdoor LED Signage/Scrolling boards you must have come across:
I initially discarded these as I was building full color WiFi Scrolling Displays.
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