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Counting Down to Maker Faire UK 2017

Gareth Halfacree

Counting Down to Maker Faire UK 2017

The most wonderful time of the year is nearly here once more. No, we're not talking about Christmas: there's less than a month to go to Maker Faire UK 2017, the greatest show and tell on Earth - and we're absolutely thrilled to be attending once again. Last year's Maker Faire was absolutely jam-packed with wonders, from singing Tesla coils courtesy the Lords of Lightning to Mitch Altman's soldering workshop, Copenhagen Suborbital's space rockets to Matthew Little's clever electronics kits, and from the Newcastle Maker Space's Penguin Race to Leeds Hackspace's interactive light display, there was something for everyone -...

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OSHCamp 2017 Opens Call for Participation

Gareth Halfacree

OSHCamp 2017 Opens Call for Participation

Members of the Open Source Hardware User Group (OSHUG) are once again descending on the UK Maker Belt for the Open Source Hardware Camp (OSHCamp) 2017, which is taking place during the Wuthering Bytes festival in Hebden Bridge in early September. Organiser Andrew Back has opened a call for participation on an open theme, asking for anyone interested in giving a talk or running a workshop as part of OSHCamp to get in touch. As with previous OSHCamps, the event itself is split across two days: attendees on Saturday the 2nd of September will be treated to topical talks and...

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Mime Industries' MeArm Pi Smashes its Kickstarter Goal

Gareth Halfacree

Mime Industries' MeArm Pi Smashes its Kickstarter Goal

Our friend Ben Gray is back crowdfunding a new revision of his fantastic open hardware robotic arm MeArm, only this time he's bringing integrated smarts with it in the form of direct compatibility with the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. We've long been fans of Ben's MeArm design, which hit v1.0 back in 2015, and the revised design includes numerous improvements made together with Mime Industries partner Ben Pirt. Chief among these is a simpler build process, with the redesign doing away with a full two-thirds of the screws and each servo being sent out fully pre-calibrated - doing away with one...

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Liverpool MakeFest Opens its 2017 Call for Makers

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Liverpool MakeFest Opens its 2017 Call for Makers

The organisers of the excellent Liverpool MakeFest, now in its third very successful year, have opened up an official Call for Makers with a focus on this year's theme of interactive arts, crafts, and music - and you've got until the 31st of March to get your application polished and submitted. Held in the Liverpool Central Library, a short walk from Lime Street Station, the Liverpool MakeFest is always a blast - as you can see from our field report covering the first back in 2015. Described by its organisers as " a fun, free, family festival of everything makey,"...

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Event Alert: The National Festival of Making, Blackburn, 6th-7th May

Gareth Halfacree

Event Alert: The National Festival of Making, Blackburn, 6th-7th May

The UK now has a National Festival of Making, and there's little surprise to find that it's being held in the UK Maker Belt - Blackburn, Lancashire, to be precise - on the 6th and 7th of May 2017. With the venue chosen for its links to manufacturing - a quarter of Blackburn's population works in the making and manufacturing industries, far higher than most UK cities - and organised by a group led by designer Wayne Hemingway, the event is billed a "a new kind of festival for a new age of making." The prime attraction is to be...

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