When, in November, the publisher Stewart Brand was asked about who carries the flag of counterculture today, he pointed to the maker movement. The maker era might not be upon us yet, but the maker movement has arrived.
Major shifts in hardware design and production have allowed the “maker movement” to mature rapidly.
Melanie Barker's insight:
"The 'maker movement' has been driven by a flourishing of talent. We've watched the emergence of what we call creation spaces: communities, networks, and cultures that encourage learning and improvement."
Why you should care about your local hackerspace. Open centers of grassroots innovation, hackerspaces offer opportunities to source talent, create goodwill, and push technology forward, writes Open Software Integrators’ Phil Rhodes.
It’s clear that 3-D printing has reached its inflection point. And perhaps its hype point, too. We’ve built a magical aura around it — sci-fi style replicator! — but the fact is that 3-D printing is really, still, an immature technology.