Personal computers have evolved in an office environment in which you sit on your butt, moving only your fingers, entering and receiving information censored by your conscious mind. That is not your whole life, and probably not even the best part. We need to think about computers that sense more of your body, serve you in more places, and convey the physical expression in addition to information.
Dan O’Sullivan and Tom Igoe, Physical Computing: Sensing and Controlling the Physical World with Computers
via Jon Froehlich at DSST 2013 in his talk about the UMd HCIL hackerspace.
Slides for Jon’s talk, “If You Build It, They Will Come: Reflecting on the Successes (and Failures) of Building a Collaborative Workspace to Support Creativity, Experimentation, and Making”, are available via his talks page, as a huge PPTX here). Highly recommended if you’re interested in makerspaces/hackerspaces in academic institutions.
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Yesterday, our local hackerspace/makerspace re-opened!
For awhile now, Fiacre O’Duinn has been talking about the shared purpose between libraries and these spaces:
The ideas that fuel hackerspaces, such as cooperation, resource and information sharing, self-directed education, and a diversity of views are concepts that are central to our profession’s ethos.
Not to mention the cool tech (3D printers, laser engravers, tool lending libraries, …) we’d like to see in libraries in the not-so-distant future.
It’s a conversation I hope to pick up with Willow & others (thx!)at CCCamp.
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