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How can Makers help the world?

A very inspiring talk by Jane Chen CEO of Embrace Innovations

Every year, 3 million premature babies die in the first 28 days. Mostly because of undercooling.
Incubators, which hold the temperatures of babies constant, are expensive and cost 20’000$ upwards. They need a constant power supply. They are complicate to operate and to maintain.

The idea was born at a Stanford event, which was about low cost technologies , for people of one dollar or less income per day. How can a low-cost incubator be built, that cost 1 percent of a standard device?

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Dobot M1: Pro Robotic Arm

Actually there is a big hype on  KICKSTARTER dobot-m1-pro

A very  inspiring idea to build an  Robot-Arm in this robust way –  0.02mm repeatability and 1.5kg payload are some highlights.  The company has already a successful kickstarter project behind them with a simpler construction. They looked for 75 supporter and have already 150 –  Full suppported in less than one day –   and there are 37 more days to go !

The concept with the changeable heads is not really new, it’s rather a trend – whats really nice is the complete and round family concept.  

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HIVE – Project

I am always looking for alternative systems,  simpler,  easier – with an  WOW! effect. Here one example from 2014.

HIVE – A kind of minimalistic self-construction computer with 3 Parallax propeller chips. Per chip 8 processors == 24 processors each 32 bit-wide , so you have 3 x 160Mips – a lot of computing power – but only little RAM.  With minimal effort you have a TV or VGA graphics, sound, mouse and keyboard. A simple program runs in minutes. There is the SPIN programming language, FORTH and BASIC. A kind of hypermodern retro computer

HIVE was initially developed by   Ingo Kripahle alias drohne235 and published by him as an open-source project. 

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UGEARS a perfect gift

UGEARS eye-catching and imaginitive self-propelled wooden mechanical model kits that can be assembled without glue

Since I saw this models the first time on Instagram I’m fascinated. A perfect gift I read somwhere and that’s it ! Perfect for old and young.  The idea is great,  to laser-cut precision mechanical parts out of wood , that precise that they fit perfect into each other, like a precise puzzle !  There aready some models available and the future possibilities are endless.

In the meantime you can get the UGEARS models on several places.

Here the link to the original shop:
 https:ugears.online

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Culture of Repair

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We were just back from our holidays in South Tyrol, the day before yesterday we visited the book-store “Buchladen Lana”, there we bought some souvenirs for the family. In contrast to our usual purchases at Amazon it was a nice ambient and we could take time to get some inspirations and for the look and “feel” of the books. First I didn’t want to buy this interesting book, but then there was quite a long que before the check out and I turned around and took it with me – for under 10€ – a lucky stroke as it turned out.

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Kinematic Sculptures

Reuben Margolin – Kinematic Sculptures
On saturday morning we usually take a bit more time in bed until we stand up, there I have my most ideas and inspirations – I am awake to nearly the normal time, but then I’m daydreaming until my wife is awake. Deep relaxed I have often a burst of ideas and visions, I am able to dive deep into a matter or theme – sometimes I have to switch on my mobile and write down the ideas, because I can’t wait and don’t want to loose the ideas.

This weekend I thought a lot about Technical-Design-Objects,

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How to be an Imperfectionist

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About the book How to be an Imperfectionist from Stephen Guise. Quote:

Change what you care action

  • Don’t care about results. Care about putting in the work.
  • Don’t care about problems. Care about making progress despite.
  • Don’t care what other people think.
  • Care about what you want to be and what you want to do.
  • Care less about doing it right. Care about doing it at all.
  • Don’t care about failure. Care about success.
  • Don’t care about timing.

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Things that gain from disorder

Antifragile – Things that gain from disorder
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Antifragile is a great book with a number of interesting new ideas. The German subtitle means “Instructions for a world we do not understand” .

In one sentence, a fragile glass falls to the ground and shatters – a antifragile glass falls to the ground, doesn’t break and is even getting stronger through this. Other Examples :

Antifragile :

  • Open to unforeseen incidents
  • Estimation of errors, because here they are small and insignificant
  • Tinkering with random Try
  • Taxi drivers,

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Zero-to-One

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Peter Thiel co-founded Paypal, he was born in Frankfurt in 1967 and is now a venture capitalist. His book  Zero-to-One arose from a lecture for start-ups. It is refreshingly different and sometimes delightfully provocative – his tips for startups and other entrepreneurs:

  • Monopolies are good – too much competition is bad
  • Start small
  • Search a market niche  – expand the market later
  • Avoid the competition wherever possible
  • Be 10 times better than what is currently available – in best case
  • Everything happens only once, 

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VPLOT more details..

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Here some details.

The pen-lift function is based on a “Micro Mini Servo SG37 ” , I bought two for about 7€ from Ebay. With hot-glue I attached a part of a “loose-leaf-binder” as a quick-and-dirty solution for the function prototype. Some plywood and osb-board do the rest ..

The motor holder is a simple holder from the Do-it-yourself-shop ( German: Obi Baumarkt ) , it is a holder for wooden-beams, I used some brackets so that i could see the motors -normally they are not needed, only a few Euros,

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