Is the revolution going to be manufactured? People have always tinkered – working on projects in the garage or basement. But now the “maker movement” is moving into the mainstream. This summer, the White House even sponsored its first-ever Maker Faire.
According to Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and the author of Makers: The New Industrial Revolution, the movement has brought about an “explosion of entrepreneurship and innovation.”
But who are these “makers,” exactly?
“Makers are basically anyone who’s creative and interested in technology, and they’re interested in using the new technologies that are available to create devices and projects and products around them,” says Limor Fried, the founder of AdaFruit, an online source for the movement.
It isn’t all high-tech tinkering and robots, though. Anderson expands the definition to include most peoples’ grandmothers. “If you’re cooking in the kitchen, you’re making; if you’re gardening, you’re making.”
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