I’m running a small experiment. Inspired by some interesting uses of open hardware I’ve seen recently, I decided to design a product, document the process and parameters of the product, and share it as widely as possible to encourage adaption and improvement by others. Continue reading “An experiment in open hardware”
OK, so it’s sentimental, but it’s also a well crafted story of innocent, creative play, a father’s love and encouragement, and what happens when the amplifying power of the web is directed positively. Watch this movie. Continue reading “Caine’s Arcade”
I love this project; just launched on Kickstarter. It’s a beautiful mashup of open data and open hardware:
- Citizens collect data about their hyper-local (not regional) air quality, using a device built on open hardware platforms (Arduino and Nanode)
- Share that data with the community via Pachube
- Make the data available via open APIs so we can make better decisions about air quality.
The theme was “User makers and distributed production”. A subject that’s difficult to encapsulate neatly, but certainly covers areas like:
- Open source hardware (that can be hacked and customised after manufacture)
- Low-cost prototyping tools (e.g. microprocessors and fabrication technology)
- Small-scale personalised production (e.g. digitally produced gifts)
- Remote, on-demand fabrication services (e.g. Shapeways, Ponoko, et al)
- Emerging domestic fabrication technology (3D printers for the home)
- Increased access to hi-tech manufacturing (e.g. for printed circuit boards) in China for user-makers wanting to move beyond prototypes
Six months after making my pinhole camera, I finally have some results to show for it. And pretty amazing they are! Huge thanks to Justin Beck for his scanning expertise. I’ve written up my notes in the projects section, and — as always — there’s a Flickr set. Please check them out and try it yourself. Continue reading “Solargraphs”
24 Oct Update: Thank you to everyone who has contributed so far. I’ve had a great response, and had the privilege to talk to a whole bunch of inspiring, creative people. I’m not recruiting for any more phone interviews now, but if you’d like to share your thoughts, I’ll leave the online survey open for another couple of weeks.
5 Nov Update: Survey is closed now.
I’ll be in touch with everyone who’s taken part in mid-November.
Interesting video interview here between blogger and entrepreneur, Anil Dash and Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media, Make Magazine, etc. They talk about the bigger picture: politics and apathy, families, risk, authority and learning, and more. If you’re in any doubt as to why this trend is interesting, important and positive, you should watch this. Continue reading “Anil Dash on the Maker Movement”
A week ago today, over 5000 people gathered in the foyer of the Brighton Dome for a day of hacking, crafting, tinkering, DIY, learning, creativity and inspiration. After 6 months of work, the first ever Brighton Mini Maker Faire arrived, and it was a great success, beyond anything we had dared to hope for. Continue reading “Looking back on Brighton Mini Maker Faire”