The Motomethod is a Community Motorcycle Repair Shop in Vancouver. What differ the shops from ordinary bike shops is that it’s allow the customer to take part in the repairs or modification of their bikes, which gives them the opportunity to learn how their bike work, as well as making them understand that new isn’t always best; maintaining and modifying what you have can sometimes be just as good, if not better.
Another example of innovation by way of the Arduino open-source microcontroller is the TweetFuel Band, franken-baby of StinkDigital who have cleverly taken apart the Nike+ FuelBand known for measuring athletic performance. By attaching the Arduino board and motor kit to read #TweetFuel tagged tweets on the band, the team can monitor the 'health' of their Twitter account. Meaning the greater activity on their Twitter feed, the more the fuel band spins. This is another step in the right direction for a more physically and digitally connected world. A future where plants tweet you when they need...
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.
Megan Tulac: I Make, Therefore I Play from Maker Faire and Maker Faire on FORA.tv
Megan Tulac, Director of Research at the National Institute for Play, speaks to a group at the Maker Faire on the importance of playing. She describes an experiment where neurologists removed the frontal cortex of mice and found that the animals continued to play, demonstrating that play is associated with instinct. Applied to everyday life, play is shown to foster trust, strengthen social bonds, and spark curiosity. Consequently, applying it to the workplace to aid in problem solving can yield great benefits....
Catarina Mota: Smart Materials for DIY Projects from Maker Faire and Maker Faire on FORA.tv
Materials which have one or more properties which can be changed in a significant manner are an important component of the future of the manufacturing in the maker subculture as well as tech crafts. This talk at Maker Faire goes over some examples of smart materials, the issues makers currently face, and the next steps in making smart materials more accessible to all.
Isaiah Saxon: Story Behind DIY.org, a Community for Kids from Maker Faire and Maker Faire on FORA.tv
Isaiah Saxon speaking about https://diy.org/ a website which encourages children to be more creative through making things and sharing them online. They recieved 4000 users within the first month. Clearly a sign of a service that is much in demand!
Posted by: Nathan Miller
DIY, makers, robots
May 22, 2012 |
The design team behind 3D printer MakerBot, built a Robot Petting Zoo to bring to this year's Maker Faire. In this video you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at how they conceptualized, designed and created these amazing DIY robots!
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."
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.