42 Technology at Derby Maker Faire 2012
Maker Faire is the World’s Largest Show (and Tell) festival – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.
Mark Mellors and Simon Jelley exhibited at Derby’s first Maker Faire, presenting a selection of their personal projects. The event brought together companies, groups and individuals from a range of backgrounds who exhibited projects and products from glass jewellery to wireless communication, home-made 3d printers to Kelvin’s thunderstorms. The Maker movement is an interesting breeding ground for applications of new technologies, particularly in areas of wearable electronics, machine vision and 3d printing.
Mark and Simon’s projects included a live autostereogram display generated from Kinect data, a Segway style balancing robot and a nixie tube clock in a CNC sculpted wooden housing.
Particularly interesting was the number of projects made possible through access to computer controlled manufacturing such as laser cutting and 3d printing at a hobby level. Access to these technologies has had a significant impact on first engineering development, then more recently to hobbyists; will this trend continue onto mainstream consumers?