Learning how to do things
A biomechanical engineer was part of the group doing a workshop this evening. A young entrepreneur, originally from Texas, doing her second Master degree in Copenhagen and actually also looking for business partners to develop her own business with: intelligent clothes. Therefor she is doing a lot of networking already for a while to find the best partners.
To know a little bit more how it could be done, and to be able to create simple prototypes herself, she did the workshop to get precious tips (I’am sure they were) from Mitch. So soon she may have a finished, good looking and reliable prototype of her first product: a temperature sensitive sock which can send an alarm signal when foot temperature changes too quickly (often the case for diabetes patients as a alarm signal)
Unfortunately, as the day for us – the IIM team – was long and intensive, there was no time left to participe ourself at the workshop. But …
For sure, facinated by Arduino-like kits for a while, it was clear that I could not go home without a little kit to built something nice. Fortunately the tv-b-gone gadget does not only exist as a «fully equipped» version but also as a Do-It-Yourself-Kit. Well, there is actually no soldering iron at home, but the purchase of this $20 puzzle is a good reason to finally get one – I think it will not be the last electronical workpiece.
But yeah, let’s start small. And when my own Switch-Off-TV remote control will be finisched. I’ll have a look again at the arduino website…
If you want to know more about …
Check out the website of www.noisebridge.net. Well, the website isn’t as appealing as the workspace of noisebridge was. So there is only one right thing to do: go and visit it once in real! Also Mitch Altman highly recommended it! So where can you find it? Go to 2169 Mission St, San Francisco, go up the stairs and you’ll be there!
And for all of you, who would like to stard soldering: There is this famous comic from Mitch Altman, named «Soldering is easy» – because it is easy, he told the participants. As it is a piece of knowledge from which the public can benefit, also this document is freely available because it is shared under the Creative Commons Licence BY-SA. Download the comic here: Full Solder Comic