‘The maker movement, as we know, is the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. A convergence of computer hackers and traditional artisans, the niche is established enough to have its own magazine, Make, as well as hands-on Maker Faires that are catnip for DIYers who used to toil in solitude. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in–China merchandise.’
Metropolitan Phoenix even has its own Maker community: TechShop Chandler, at the ASU Chandler Innovation Center, gives ASU students and Phoenix-area makers, entrepreneurs and innovators access to a wide range of machinery, tools, software and a vibrant community.
AZTC Platinum Sponsor meltmedia is a supporter of the Maker Movement and has collaborated with fellow makers, Local Motors on the Office Chairiot Mark II (OfficeChairiot.com). The Office Chairiot is a very comfortable 1½ horsepower office chair with a NASA-inspired control panel. No, seriously. This thing is real and it’s a shining example of what is happening in the Maker Movement: innovation and creativity in many forms, from useful to unusual to potentially commercially viable. Or not.
The Office Chairiot Mark II is loaded with maker mainstays. It’s powered by the Arduino microcontroller, a key component in many home-built electronic gadgets, including many Internet-of-Things (“IoT”) projects, some of which become successful commercial products. The chassis is a cooperative effort and required a combination of woodworking, aluminum fabrication, electronics engineering and software development.
Of course, the first question is usually, “Why?” The better question is, “Why not?” All of that crazy talk above may have generated more than a few questions in your mind and hopefully sparked some deep curiosity, as well! That’s why the Arizona Technology Council is bringing you ALL the answers and maybe even some maker inspiration from the inventor and Chief Test Pilot, as well as his maker-enablers at Local Motors and meltmedia, at the April Council Connect signature luncheon.
Full details on the event are here, but for a quick snapshot, see below.
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Biltmore Fashion Park Blanco Tacos + Tequila
2502 E Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Cost: AZTC Members, $35 | Non-Members, $55
Please register in advance… we expect this event to sell out fast!