Roster of Makers for 2012
Intel Mobile Communication
This decade we will create and extend computing technology to connect and enrich the lives of every person on earth.
Art & Kits
Using off-the-shelf DIY kits to make it into beautiful art piece and visual displays.
Yuichiro Katsumoto (Keio-NUS CUTE Center, National University of Singapore)
Catapy is a car that provides the fun of chasing. Catapy itself is a palm-sized motorized car covered by a caterpillar track, and it is able to run across a field freely even on an irregular ground. The user can enjoy the chasing of Catapy that runs tantivy.
By connecting a number of Catapy, the user can also enjoy the transition of its shape and function. For instance, when the user connects two Catapy, she/he can control it like a common RC tank. If three Catapy are connected like a horseshoe shape, it can traverse the handrail of a stair. The user can make them a turntable if there are five Catapy or more.
This work is supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation under its International Research Centre @ Singapore Funding Initiative and administered by the IDM Programme Office.
Connecting this to the Web
Imagine, Isn’t it interesting that real product in your hand connected to the Web?
Design for 3D Printing: Making the most of your 3D printer
3D printing introduces the exciting possibility of crafting anything desired from the comfort of your own home. While the current technology may be usable, it has a great many pitfalls. Good design measures can overcome these shortcomings, ensuring that what was desired is actually produced.
Teo Shin Jen (Singapore Polytechnic)
DIY barang-barang, your own time, your own toys. They are yours to begin with.
Evon Tay (DIY Lifestyle Challenge)
The DIY Lifestyle Challenge
This is a project that studies a series of alternative and sustainable lifestyle choices that, we, as urban dwellers can take on a daily basis. Touching on the politics and philosophy behind the DIY culture, the project hopes to encourage mindfulness and taking responsibility in the way we live. It aims to promote the DIY lifestyle as a way toward cultivating a climate of self-reliance and creativity, such that our city can become greener, more vibrant and awesome!
Imagine Design Create
Autodesk, a leader in 3D design software for architecture, entertainment, and engineering industries, will showcase a free, downloadable design tool—called Autodesk 123D—that allows anyone to design 3-D models, and then turn them into real-life products using 3D printer. This tool will help more people participate in the world of design, in a way that is accessible and fun, as our goal is to unlock the creativity everyone.
Kwok Wai Him
Make your own electronic gadgets
Meant to introduce Arduino, how to start from scratch and how to progressively make gadgets. Will show and explain arduino projects such as a clock, LED cube, robotics etc.
Isabelle Desjeux, Leonardus Adi, Marlou Jasmin Madrio
Make your own portable handphone microscope
During the workshop, participants are presented with a number of simple and cheap lens-bearing tools such as door-viewers and loupe, as well as small mirrors, LED torchlights, small boxes, bits of wood…. some of these can be taken apart and put together to create a new optical toy. Our main goal will be to create a microscope that can easily be fixed to your handphone. Please bring your own handphone with camera to try it. Alternatively, we will have our own handphones and webcams for the participants to try. During the workshop, alternative uses of all the optical components will be encouraged, so that each participant might end up with a different end-product.
Some of the concepts we will try to get around are: – how much can we enlarge our image? How good is the image? How do we use light? If the magnification is big, how do we hold the microscope to make sure the image isn’t blurred?
Jolyon Caplin (Singapore Polytechnic)
Music from Science!
Musical gizmos made from simple domestic parts and some basic electronics.
“Jolyonophone” self-sustaining two-string slide guitar with a water-pipe theme
“Ped-accompaniment” foot-controlled, chord-based backing themes for a street performer
“Whirly-horn” shower-hose, water-funnel horn for fun music-making
… + more items if can be made to work in time!
Demonstration performances will be presented at regular intervals.
NI LabVIEW Robotics Starter Kit & Angry Eagle
The NI LabVIEW Robotics Starter Kit, also known as DaNI, is an industrial-grade, out-of-The-box Robotics platform designed for teaching Robotics and mechatronics concepts or for prototyping a robotic system. The Kit features sensors, motors, and an NI Single-Board RIO device for embedded control.
See how you can pull back on an actual slingshot and play Angry Eagle built in LabVIEW.
Hack the Kinect and Other Cool Sensors
Arthur C. Clarke said every revolutionary idea evokes three stages of reaction, which may be summed up by three phrases: it is completely impossible; it is possible, but it’s not worth doing; and I said it was a good idea all along. Learn to hack the Microsoft Xbox Kinect, iRobot Create, Neato lidar, Google Android, Apple iPhone, Texas Instruments ez430-Chronos, Nintendo Wii remote and Nunchuck, and the Arduino Uno with NI LabVIEW.
Wee Kiam Peng (romscraj.com)
The Portabee is the first conveniently portable 3D printer. It is easily collapsible in a matter of seconds and fit into a laptop bag, making it transportable ‘on-the-go’ – bring it along with you when taking a bus, a train… even on a bicycle in a haversack on your back! And since it’s lightweight – weighing in at 2.8kg (6.2lbs) – you can bring it around anywhere with you!
And with a slightly larger ‘laptop luggage’ style bag, you can put the Portabee into the same bag as your laptop computer, along with some feedstock filament, power supplies for both devices (the Portabee uses a laptop-type power supply), some instant coffee sachets, cookies… you get the idea.
The Portabee opens up numerous possibilities which were previously impractical – designers and design engineers can now offer to print out a sample of their design solution at the client’s premises, on the spot and with applied design changes, for quick evaluation. Educators can loan Portabees to students for a time period to complete a school assignment involving 3D printing, be it an arts, design, or engineering discipline. An artist can walk into her favourite cafe, suddenly get in a creative mood, whip out the Portabee and a laptop and start designing something and print it out, all while sipping her usual cuppa and enjoying some cheesecake.
Robot Talent Show
The Robot Talent Show aims to encourage creative expression and innovative ideas of robot design and applications.
DesignSpark – a gateway to online resources and design support for engineers
DesignSpark.com is a gateway to online resources and design support for engineers powered by RS components limited. There are lots of free design tools available in DesignSpark’s Spark store, which are very useful for the DIY Makers. One of them is DesignSpark PCB, a fully featured, free of charge PCB Design tool. Our 3D CAD model libraries contain thousands of 3D models, all available to download in a wide range of file formats to suit most of today’s most popular 3D CAD modeling suites. DesignSpark’s Design Centre, a collection of technology micro sites rich (e.g. Arduino) in design content, resources, examples and support.
eTech is a digital and tablet edition electronics magazine published quarterly by RS Components. It covers the latest technologies, design developments and new product releases to keep you up to date with what is happening within the electronics industry and marketplace.
Also, there will be a demonstration of Raspberry Pi, a single-board computer developed in by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools.
Sustainable Living Lab
The Sustainable Living Lab (SL2) is Singapore’s first semi-outdoor kampung (village) lab and prototyping facility that enables local innovators, organisations and students to serve their communities and the bottom-of-the-pyramid better. SL2 is proud to be integrated with the Ground-Up Initiative community.
At the Singapore Mini Maker Faire, we will be bringing some of the coolest stuff made by our kampung innovators out from our lab in Yishun to share it with you! Take a look at some of our made-in-Singapore products such as bamboo amplifiers, keychains & diary covers from decommissioned fire hoses, awesome cardboard sculptures, furniture, lego blocks, solar cookers and even PET bottle gardens.
If you’re itching to get your hands making, boy do we have tons of workshops for those of you who are young and also young-at-heart. You can make your own chapteh, wind toy, 5 stones set, catapult, crossbow and even design your own cardboard lego sculptures.
Did we mention there were games for you to play as well? Try your hand at our angry bird style catapult shooter, navigate ping pong balls through 3 precarious mazes and knock some apples of the tree using a DIY crossbow.
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Tai-Wei Kan (NUS-HCI Lab)
Tangible Programming Toolkit
We introduce an interactive tangible programming toolkit for interactive art works or general purposes by attaching pre-designed components to the object of environment. Our toolkit consists of INPUT and OUTPUT. An INPUT component can detect physical quantity from environment with sensors such as IR sensor, light sensor, range finder and etc. An OUTPUT component can react to feedback once participants have interacted with it, for example, LED for visual feedback, and speaker for auditory feedback. By attaching toolkit units on surfaces, artists can configure which unit is triggered by which unit with an easy-to-use graphic user interface.
Noritsuna Imamura (SIProp.org)
Treasure Hunting Robot
~AR(augmented reality) Treasure Hunting Game~
A product world is trying to change focusing on “Content-Centric”. Like a Kindle which is designed by “E-Book Centric”. Then, it is necessary to design our products by “Content-Centric”. For that purpose, it is necessary to perform a trial production and a products design quickly flexibly. Therefore we created one robot based on the soul of “DIwO(Do It with Others)” used as basic concepts in order to realize it.
Urban Microfarming using Aquaponics
A small exhibit and practical demonstration of how you can use Aquaponics to create an inexpensive garden on the smallest of balconies or even directly inside your apartment. Aquaponics is a sustainable method of raising fish and plants (vegetables) together in a symbiotic ecosystem that continuously circulates water between the plants and fish.
Singapore Academy of Young Engineers and Scientists
G.E.E.B. (Gyrating Enigmatic Electrical Blimp) – Twitter-controlled Blimp using Natural Language Processing Supervised Classification Techniques through the Natural Language Toolkit(NLTK)
Ever controlled an airship by “talking” to it? Well, now you can, thanks to Twitter and the Gyrating Electrical Enigmatic Blimp, an Arduino-based remote controlled vehicle. What makes the GEEP cool is its ability to understand tweets sent by you. Yes, you. This is made possible through its intelligent (and trained) system, using Natural Language Processing methods. Tweeting “go forward lah!” or “move straight ahead” works. “stop and move”, doesn’t. The GEEP can even be extended, to create an Arduino-based lighting system that literally understands every word tweeted by you.
So what are you waiting? Start tweeting! @TehZProject (:
NUS Young Educators in Science
Physics Demo Lab (Saturday only)
A series of short physical sciences demonstrations to catch your attention and capture your imagination will be on display. From spark generators to singing bowls, science demonstrations have been a source of fun, inspiration and learning. If you are keen, you can even make some of these demonstrations at home.
Eric Pan (SEEED Studio)
Seeed Studio is an open hardware facilitation company based in Shenzhen, China. Benefiting from local manufacture power and convenient global logistic system, we integrate resources to serve new era of innovation. Seeed also works with global distributors and partners to push open hardware movement.
Ian Lesnet (Dangerous Prototypes)
Get your stuff made: Four approaches to open hardware manufacturing
There’s lots of talented people who don’t etch PCBs or solder surface mount parts, but who are eager to apply their skills to open hardware projects. Manufacturing a project puts it in the hands of firmware, software, and documentation developers who make a sizable and unique contribution when given the opportunity.
Profit by sharing: Anatomy of an open source hardware business
Dangerous Prototypes started as a hobby on a kitchen table, but now 5 team members develop new open source electronics projects every month. Despite shipping thousands of products worldwide, Dangerous Prototypes remains completely focused on electronics design by utilizing the manufacturing and fulfillment expertise of Seeed Studio in Shenzhen. Learn how Dangerous Prototypes started, the underlying open source business philosophy, and how the business is structured today.
A talk by Derek Low
Derek Low shares about his projects and experience as a maker, tinkerer and experimentalist. Known for his YouTube video of B.R.A.D. (Berkeley Ridiculously Automated Dorm) which has more than 1.7 million views, he has been featured on TIME, Forbes, CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, The Guardian, The Straits Times, Good Morning America, and more than 100 media sources. He currently studies Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley.
Make your own paper plane launcher
Want to launch your paper planes faster and further than anyone else? In this workshop, build a motorised launcher that does exactly that!
Kening Zhu (National University of Singapore)
Making Animated Paper-craft with Wireless Inductive Power
A project on the scientific theory behind making interactive paper-craft using selective inductive power transmission, and a few examples of paper-craft.
Workshop attendees will be taught to make technology-enhanced paper-craft, such as origami, pop-up, etc. The attendees will learn how to attach shape-memory material to paper-crafts, and make them move autonomously without any wire connection to power source, but receiving power from wirelessly inductive power transmission. Multiple shape-memory materials can be attached to paper-craft, and the inductive power system could selectively power up specific moving part in paper-craft, to generate multiple movements. The attendees will learn how to make moving paper structure, such as crane, dog, inchworm, without any battery or power supply connection.
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It’s a butcher block but can it be a guitar? It’s a plant potholder but wait, it’s good as a pinhole camera too. That’s what IKEA Hacking is all about – taking IKEA items and having way lots more fun with it. This presentation will delve into the world of IKEA Hacking and how it has taken the DIY world by storm. I will be sharing some of my favourite projects from IKEAHackers.net as well as some tips to get you started on IKEA hacking. You’ll also catch me showing you how to a complete a hack (or two), with next to no tools. Nothing fancy – just simple ones you can complete in an afternoon or less.
The Rise of Citizen Developers
In this talk, I’ll share about the experience economy, which is the rising-and-pressing need for organisations – especially technology companies – to deliver optimum customer experience. The new unfamiliar working environment requires new generation of leaders (not necessarily managers) who can empathise with customers’ need, can show co-workers on the working prototypes, and can excite both customers and co-workers by optimising the experience of using product/services. This new generation of leaders is called citizen developers – business folks who are also techies. In addition, in this talk, I’ll also share about a certain market segment where citizen developers can thrive. That market segment is intranet. There is no better time than now, to be intranet citizen developers. I hope I can convince you to be one.
Erwin Chan (Genewired)
Genes, Teens and Greens!
An explosion of creativity and genius is beginning to rumble across the globe with the DIYBio movement or commonly known as BioHacking. From simple simple kitchen experiments to highly sophisticated synthetic biology, there are many chance to make your own experiments and creations. We’ll share what’s happening around the world and even in Singapore.
James Chan (Neoteny Labs)
littleBits – make something that does something
littleBits is an opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping and play.
littleBits consists of tiny circuit-boards with simple, unique functions engineered to snap together with magnets. No soldering, no wiring, no programming, just snap and play. Each bit has a simple, unique function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, thresholds, pulse, motors, etc), and modules snap to make larger circuits. Just as LEGOs™ allow you to create complex structures with very little engineering knowledge, littleBits are small, simple, intuitive, blocks that make creating with sophisticated electronics a matter of snapping small magnets together.
Crave creativity? Make something! Light it, push it, turn it, twist it, bend it, buzz it, blink it, shake it…
With a growing number of available modules, littleBits aims to move electronics from late stages of the design process to its earliest ones, and from the hands of experts, to those of artists, makers, students and designers.
Isaac Penny (Arcturus Labs)
iPhone afocal photography for birders, sports fans, amateur astronomers, physicians, and science educators
Did you know that you can take amazing high-quality photos of the world around you through your microscope, telescope or binoculars with just your smartphone? Afocal eyepiece photography (sometimes called “digiscoping”, “smart phoneography”, or “iscoping”) is one of the fastest growing forms of photography worldwide, being especially popular with birders, sports fans, amateur astronomers, physicians, and science educators.
Because smartphone cameras have optical properties that are similar to those of the human eye (aperature, focal lengths, field of view, etc.), they have several advantages over larger cameras for this type of photography. Smart phones offer instant connectivity to share what you see with your friends, colleagues or students. For professional users, smart phone screens allow for a more upright posture, reducing eye and lower back pain over time. They also enable completely new functionalities, such as live video streaming to larger screens like the iPad or a projector using Skype or Facetime.
We’ll show you everything you need to know to get started with the camera you already own, and we’ll even introduce you to some new smartphone cases that make the process easier. Stick around after the presentation to take home some amazing photos of your own.
Yoneyama Yuito (Chemistry Quest, Inc.)
CHEMISTRY QUEST is a game where you will explore the world of elements by bonding atoms to create chemicals. Your aim is to maximize your points by making bigger and more complicated elements. This game is also suitable for children who may not be able to understand the word or subject of Chemistry. Use this game as an introduction to learn chemical bonding. You also be able to meet up with the young inventor from Japan and might have a chance to challenge him to his own game.
James Norris (Self Spark)
DIY Life: Lifehacking 101
A practical and interactive workshop on some of the most efficient and effective ways of “hacking your life” to maximize your personal growth.
Robot R Us
Arduino and robotic products.
Electronic development kits.
Handmade cards, tee-shirts, planners and note books.
Handmade books, paper goods and miscellaneous book and bunny decorated items.
MAKE magazines and publications.