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Makers Will Remake The World This Century

One of the driving forces behind the maker movement is undoubtedly the hope that new manufacturing processes will impact the world in both huge and tiny ways in the near future. What isn't discussed as much is the idea that when we as individuals learn to make things for ourselves, we are in opposition to the culture of disposable, mass-produced stuff which arose in the previous century. The next century will be very different.

Writing for Fortune, Brian Patrick Eha provides a glimpse:

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Hackaday Prize Accepting Entries Now

The Hackaday Prize—organized by the eponymous Hackaday blog, and sponsored by several well-known companies operating in the hacker / electronics-enthusiast manufacturing space—is well underway, but it isn't too late to enter. The prize is designed to spur innovation by incentivizing individual hardware hackers to try new and interesting things:

The Hackaday Prize is a competition synonymous with creating for social change. Using your hardware, coding, scientific, design and mechanical abilities, you will make big changes in peoples' lives.

It's time to leverage ...

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Adaptable Exoskeletons Will Help Children Walk

The Spanish National Research Council has developed a new mobility-enhancing exoskeleton for children with Spinal Muscular Atrophy; it uses a metal frame and servos to help these children walk. Cabe Atwell of Element14:

The device weighs 26 pounds and has long support rods made from aluminum and titanium adjusted to fit around a child's legs and torso. Human muscles in the joints are mimicked by a series of motors and gives a patient the strength they need to stand upright and walk around. The ...

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The Future Will Be Made By Makers

Writing for The Atlantic, James Fallows is penning a series of articles about the Maker Movement and what he sees—we think rightly—as a major economic shift in the works:

I imagine that many readers might have heard of this movement or seen one of its Maker Faires. But my guess is that most people who aren’t directly involved think of it as fringe and hobby-minded, artsy-and-craftsy and hip rather than a serious economic, technological, and city-development force. I’ve come to disagree ...

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San Mateo Maker Faire 2016 Was Amazing

Squid Tentacles, each mechanically operated independently by a spinning wheel

This past weekend was Maker Faire 2016 and I went to see "The Greatest Show And Tell on Earth". Suffice it to say, it was well worth the trip.

There are a number of sculptures scattered throughout the Faire, including a massive squid. The tentacles slowly sway and spin each completely independently. They are controlled by hand cranked wheels each operated from one corner of the fence—no electricity required.

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