Described as a ‘do-it-yourself culture on steroids,’ the Maker Movement is all about everyday people utilizing open source technologies to create their own innovative projects. Facilitated by the Arduino microcontroller, makers have been able to come up with projects such as plants that tweet you when they need to be watered and homemade 3D printers. These open source technologies have made it easier for people to integrate the physical and digital world, and in turn democratizing the making process.
The development of open source software is allowing user generated content to push the boundaries in the worlds of art and science. Collaboration and progress were Kyle McDonald's main goals when developing FaceOSC, a face tracking software with considerable potential. In this NEXT Berlin 2012 talk, McDonalds, a media artist and coder, reasons that we must nurture a community of hackers. In doing so, we allow ourselves to “imagine the future of technologies rather than accept what is given to us.”
etoy.CORPORATION SA is a corporate sculpture and a shareholder company registered in the city of Zug/Switzerland, using corporate structure to maximize cultural values. Since 1994 etoy is hacking the dominating model of the individual artist: the concept of the independent star and glorified genius is replaced by an abstract trademark - etoy. Legendary for its «digital hijack» (1,5 million search engine users kidnapped in 1996), etoy also coordinated «TOYWAR», a milestone in hacktivism, bringing down a multi-billion dotcom operation and thus creating the most expensive performance in art history....
This talk on Quantum Computing is one of the best Hacker News London talks so far. The speaker is a physicist who spent time looking at Hacker News and software in order to deliver his message, and is in any event a very entertaining speaker.
Google has offered any hackers who find bugs in their browser's system cash money for their endeavours. The prize fund is an acknowledgement that improvement is harder to come by without an absorption of failure and the reasons behind it. Google will be running a Chrome exploit competition at the CanSecWest security conference this weekend in Vancouver, Canada, on 7-9 March.
With cars increasingly going online, as Malaysian car-maker Proton announced a 4G-connected car recently there is a need think about how cars might connect to each other and not just humans. At the recent World Mobile Congress, Bill Ford spoke about how outlined a future of 4 billion cars that don’t just use wireless links to tap into music, media and navigation, but communicate with one another as peers, sharing information such as their speed, direction and the moment they brake with all of the other vehicles on the road. Ford's forward thinking attitude is exemplified by their recent hackathon...
Sugru started as a random material experiment - Jane studied Sculpture and Product Design at the RCA and became interested in materials - mixed bathroom sealant with waste wood powder - exploring aesthetics and materials. Looking for ways the material could be used.
Started to use left-over materials and accidentally realised that it could be used to modify [and hack objects]- realising it had potential to be bigger than Blu Tac!
A Storified summary of the recent Maker's Guild panel discussion about the business of making money from being a Maker.
Puppet Parade - Live footage from Design I/O on Vimeo.
In a statementthat has been a long time coming, Microsoft has openly expressed it's gratitude for those who have been hacking the Kinect, and even used the term hack in a positive sense. The OpenKinect community reacts.