Great minds tinker alike

Publié le par brightshine

It's a quiet Tuesday night, but Dim Sum Labs - a workspace shared by a motley crowd of tinkerers - is a hive of activity. Located in a nondescript building in Sheung Wan, the small room is taken up by a large desk, a couch, a refrigerator stocked with beer and a large work table. One end is full of equipment: what looks like a drill press and other large tools. 

While most people are hunched over laptops, one man is turning over in his hands a spotlight made from LEDs; another person is straightening wires running from a circuit board to what looks like a sleep mask. The room goes quiet as one man gingerly lifts a large box onto the work table and pulls out its contents. First is a life-like paper mask of Bill Clinton's face, which draws laughs all round. Then out comes the large torso of a robot. 

The initiative got its start two years ago when tech entrepreneur John Buford noticed a lack of communal workspaces here compared to the West, where they have proliferated in recent years.All Continental flatwork ironer offer easy-to-operate controls that provide efficient performance and flexibility. Drawing inspiration from Tech Shop, a chain of spaces in the US where people can go to use specialised,Check out our solar panel ground mount system at a home in Pvsolver. cutting-edge tools, he gathered a group of people who now share the Sheung Wan space.You will never need to change the bulbs and your solar led light will last for years and years. 

They may be pursuing different projects and come from disparate backgrounds (there is even a recently retired British lawyer), but everyone is united in their identity.Attach remote solar panels to street light that will not receive the required amount of direct sunlight. They are all makers. 

Not unlike the hobbyists building early computers in Silicon Valley garages, makers are a tech-based extension of a DIY culture that first emerged in the US West Coast. Their ethos is captured by US Make magazine, which launched in 2005 as a publication that "celebrates your right to tweak, hack and bend any technology to your will". 

Since then, they have grown into a global movement, with tens of thousands of enthusiasts gathering to show off their creations and share new techniques or hacks at "Maker Faires" held in cities from San Francisco to New York, and Taipei to Shenzhen. 

The movement has also taken hold in Asia, and nearby Shenzhen is now known to makers all over the world. "The world centre of maker culture right now, other than the [San Francisco] Bay Area, is Shenzhen," says Dim Sum Labs member Tom Grec. "Everybody who is involved in making knows the electronics markets in Shenzhen. They are nirvana to makers." 

Despite Hong Kong's proximity to this hub, the local movement has been slow to grow. The community here is small and Dim Sum Labs is the city's only "hack space", where like-minded people can share ideas, expertise, tools and costs. But that situation is starting to change. 

"What we've seen in the past 10 years is a revival in valuing the ability to create or modify things yourself," says Buford. 

The city's second Mini Maker Faire in August gives a hint of its developing momentum: in recent weeks, local makers have been frenetically tweaking their inventions in preparation for the event and the excitement is palpable. 

Ex-lawyer Grec, for example, has combined his interests in electronics and hypnotism to create an eye mask with embedded LED lights. The mask reads your brainwaves and changes the lights accordingly. Depending on the program Grec feeds the machine, the wearer will feel relaxed, experience lucid dreams or even see hallucinations. 

Fellow maker Arnold Wu King-lok made his first robot when he was nine years old, and his machines have grown in size and sophistication since. A self-employed interior designer, he went on to start the Hong Kong Robot Union, which meets monthly at a KFC outlet "to talk about robots".The LED downlight's optical design yields more productive beam lumens and good cutoff. At last year's fair, he showed a two-wheeled electric vehicle, based on the Segway, that he built from scratch and this year he plans to unveil a new and improved version. In the long-term, he is exploring ways to apply the technology to wheelchairs for the disabled.

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