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.
Alia Mahmoud, NYU graduate of International Business and Economic Development, sought to understand business’ business in peacemaking. After the Tunisian revolution she relocated there to spearhead a nonprofit initiative for job creation. In her TED talk, she speaks of the need for an entrepreneurial revolution in Tunisia to integrate the masses of unemployed youth back into society. Mahmoud acknowledges that to inspire change there must be a reworking of the education, banking, and private sectors.
Cyclists worried about not getting enough upper body exercise can worry no more. The Swiss-designed bicycle, RaXibo incorporates upper body action by altering the traditional handlebars. The bike has hand pedals that mimic the motion of your feet, allowing for a full body workout.
TechShop: Democratizing Access To The Tools of Innovation from Maker Faire and Maker Faire on FORA.tv
A hundred dollars a month now gives you access to the tools of the new third industrial revolution. Mark Hatch, CEO of TechShop talks here at the MakerFaire about TechShop is giving people confidence to use innovative new tools and show examples of makers who are changing the world with access to machines, some training, and a shared workspace.
MaKey MaKey is a great new Kickstarter project! It turns any possible surface into an interface for computing using alligator clips. Described as an invention kit for the 21st century, MaKey MaKey turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. I can't wait to get my hands on a banana piano!
The Hardware Innovation Workshop, a conference on business and the maker movement, took place this past weekend. In this preview Tim O'Reilly discusses the event. Look out for the keynotes shortly on KuriousWax but here is a preview for the moment "MAKE will present a hands-on showcase of compelling devices, products, and platforms that are shaping the future of manufacturing and the global economy. Get up close and personal with the makers of these pioneering innovations that have the power to make and move markets."
In this talk, Fabian Hemmert talks about the democratization of technological innovation. He shows a series of projects conducted at the Design Research Lab in Berlin, which, rather than serving the average user, embraced niches and extremes.
JP Rangaswami discusses the following interrogations: did technology make our lives easier or worse? What are the things that got better, beyond the obvious and utopian views? Did technologies make our jobs easier or worse? Are we collaborating better?
The question for our age is not 'Can it be built? but 'Should it built?' - Eric Ries' Lean Startup philosophy supposes that innovation and entrepreneurial spirit can be measured, managed and thus taught to everyone. The ideas in this talk that he gave at LSE are increasingly relevant for a world where objects are increasingly connected to the web, knowledge is lateral and therefore almost anything can be built. The only consideration is whether time and money should be ploughed into building said 'things'. Ries lays out a measurement foundation experiment which he calls a Minimal Viable Product,...