Making it Personal: The Maker Movement and the Future of Manufacturing

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Thanks to the rise of Making as both a cultural and economic force, entirely new categories and market dynamics are rising in Consumer Electronics, Fashion, and other industries with historically high barriers to entry. Simultaneously, digital fabrication tools have become smaller, better, and cheaper. The democratization of manufacturing is driven by and for Makers, and not only will the factories of tomorrow look and operate more like the cloud services of today, but large investments in tools will no longer required. One day in the not-to-distant future, factories will fit in a garage or small office.












21st Century Robot

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Intel's Futurist Brian David Johnson will release the "21st Century Robot" book (published by Make) and introduce a 21st Century Robot kit that is easy to build, completely open source and filled with humanity. The idea is to enable as many people as possible to design, print and program robots.






Nerding For Nature: Leveraging Open Source Technology for Eco-Research

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We're developing low-cost DIY-oriented environmental sensor prototypes and demo projects, with the common goal of learning about the earth's natural systems and managing natural resources. Urban air quality monitoring sensors and calibration is an ongoing interest. In recent collaboration with USGS and openCTD, we are exploring water quality and wildlife monitoring tools. We are evaluating various wireless technologies for smart and resilient remote sensor networks. We have demonstrated robotics-based applications as well, mapping water quality with floating UAVs and finding new species in local lakes via openROV cameras.