For the first time in history, the stories of the human beings building an industry have been filmed. The result: “Print the Legend”, which follows the people racing to bring 3D printing to your desktop and into your life. For the winners, there are fortunes – and history – to be made. Hear from the filmmakers and participants about how the film was made and its message for all entrepreneurs.
Eric Klein of Lemnos Labs leads a panel of VC hardware investors to discuss emerging trends and patterns of successful start-ups.
iLuminate combines state-of-the-art technology with exhilarating dancers who perform in the dark to create a fantastical mashup of illuminated characters, choreography, music, sets and special effects that flood the senses with spectacular visuals and artistic thrills
Over the next decade we will see the death of the general purpose computer. Everyday objects are already becoming smarter and in 10 years time, every piece of clothing you own, every piece of jewelry, and every thing you carry with you will be measuring, weighing and calculating. In 10 years, the world—your world—will be full of sensors. Those sensors will necessarily need computing power, and computing will almost inevitably diffuse out into our environment along with those sensors. We’ve been talking about smart dust—general purpose computing, sensors, and wireless networking, all bundled up in millimeter-scale motes drifting in the air currents, flecks of computing power, settling on your skin, ingested, monitoring you inside and out—since the late 90’s. Technology is finally catching up—the major stumbling block is powering the systems—passive power generation techniques, like vibration harvesters, have already been scaled down quite nicely, and their meager energy output is well-suited to the equally tiny energy requirements of the new smart dust. But the ubiquity of smart dust—the instant availability of computing power and the blanket sensor coverage—means that this technological change will drive social change. The diffusion of computing into the environment will mean not just that computing power is always available, but that this computing power will drive ubiquitous monitoring and surveillance. The only real question is who will have access to the sensors, computing power, and to the data it generates. Whether the architectures for the smart dust networks will be peer-to-peer and make that computing power and sensing available to individuals, or whether the network architectures will centralise command-and-control into a few hands. In the first case the sociological changes that will drive are enormous, in the past we’ve seen that quantifying things, informing us, quantifying the world, allows us to make better decisions. Data leads to data led decisions. In the later case—whether those hands are governmental or corporate—we could end up in the middle of a smart dust war, where competing networks battle for ground—in the air around you, even on your skin. We stand at the edge of another paradigm shift in computing, which like the smart phone, and the desktop computer before that, will drive social change. How that change affects us is still to be seen.
The academic community can contribute to the transformation in space technology that Makers have begun. From satellites on a chip to interplanetary spacecraft, academic makers are democratizing access to space and offering unprecedented opportunities for students, faculty, and DIY scientists to take ownership of space exploration. Inspiring students of all ages, academia’s successful efforts to eliminate barriers to personal exploration of the solar system will create a new generation of space entrepreneurs, technologists, and scientists.
Tiny, efficient, ultra low-power chips mean almost any product can be intelligent and connected. The technology is here today, with accessible platforms such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi illuminating the possibilities. ARM presents a session on the technology and how through collaboration we can build a new industry.
Your Makerspace should run itself. Learn clever solutions for training, maintenance, inventory, safety, tours, and managing all those special requests you never anticipated.
The methods shared were created and refined at think[box], an innovation center at CWRU that’s free and open to the public. With an overwhelming 3000 visits each month and only 2 full time staff members and a team of student workers, efficiency is a necessity.
The big Apple epitomizes much of which is current, trending and progressive in terms of style, culture and attitude. Not surprising then, that New York is leading by example of what a maker city can achieve when it sets out to nurture an indomitable spirit of indie thinking, resourcefulness, creativity and collaboration. Leveraging its native creative assets to buildout an ecosystem for innovative manufacturing models has led to job creation and economic development. From its iconic fashion industry to revitalizing the naval shipyard to establishing itself as the mecca of 3D printing, at its core, New York is a maker city.
The hardware industry is archaic and ripe to be revolutionized. Just like 3D printing democratized manufacturing, and the app store democratized game development, littleBits is democratizing electronics by putting the power of electronics into the hands of everyone, and making hardware truly limitless. Learn how littleBits transitioned from a product to an open hardware platform, where anyone regardless of age, discipline, gender or technical ability can make, prototype, invent, and most importantly, reinvent their world.