Solutions to problems both large and small often come from bringing together people and ideas. At its core, the VOICES project (Views, Opinions and Ideas of Citizens in Europe on Science) is about working with people to identify problems and potential solutions to an often overlooked but very real problem of “Urban Waste.”
Over 70 million truckloads of household rubbish, “Urban Waste” are disposed each year across the EU. At Dublin Mini Maker Faire, the VOICES project will have a stand where some of the solutions identified by citizen groups will be put into action.
Visitors to the VOICES stand can try their hand at upcycling waste objects, turning unwanted materials into something useful, highlighting how many materials can be reused – something at the core of the project. Visitors will be able to make a smart phone speaker from rubbish, turn old clothing into cool accessories and waste paper into intricate decorations. Visitors can also submit their own concerns or ideas for solving Urban Waste problems, have a look at ideas collected from the Dublin VOICES group, and “fund” their favourite ideas for dealing with urban waste problems.
How would you design a music player for a giant, what about a cooking utensil for a fairy… or a gift for an evil genius? The Creativity Hub was founded by husband and wife team Rory O’Connor and Anita Murphy to create games and tools to help people think in new ways. While Rory’s Story Cubes was created to ﬁre the imagination of everyone, The Extraordinaires Design Studio will inspire the next generation of design thinkers. Check out their video.
What happens when a group of kids come together ? They create robots that can take over the world ? Not quite but close enough. We delighted to add the robotics club from Dalriada Grammar School, Ballymoney. The build a range of robots using different hardware from Raspberry Pi to Lego NXT. They will be showcasing a range of robots and allowing you to control them. Check out their robotic arm controlled using a Wiimote below.
Ever wondered what your Tv remote is doing ? or how it communicates with your TV. AnalyIR have taken this a whole new level. They are working on a feature rich IR analyzer & decoder for windows using an Arduino.
At maker faire they will be showing some cool demos of what you can do with IR.
- IR to generate electricity
- IR to reset Arduino with no Code
- IR to wake an Arduino WoIR (Wake on IR)
- Inaugural World IR Games
- Seeing the invisible -Using iPhone & Android camera to check if TV remote is working
- TV Remote Control Diagnosis & Repair Tips
- TV Remote Control Missing Battery Trick
- Long range TV remote Control Demo Using Optics
AnalysIR are running a crowding funding campaign at the moment to fund the future development of their great software.
Donnacha Cahill is a sculptor from Athenry in Co Galway who specialises in metal. He will be giving a demo working with hot metal using a forge at this years Maker Faire.
By nature I like to make things. I don’t know why, life would be a lot easier and straight forward if I didn’t but I’m obsessed with making objects, whether they be abstract or representational. My art college lecturer once said to me it’s about leaving your mark. You could ask any dog on the street about this and he will tell you the same thing. Artists talk about mark making, I believe everybody achieves this in life, from someone driving a digger to an engineer planning a complicated structure; we all contribute in some way or other and leave reminders of what we did, no matter how insignificant. I’m armed with a welder, an iron worker, an anvil and lots of other things that create sparks and fire. This is how I make my mark that makes me who I am. I think a lot of my work is made subconsciously. Some things I can explain, some things I can’t. The object is how I communicate who I am, what I see, what interests me, what mood I’m in, and if I’m able to communicate this to other people, I feel a huge sense of satisfaction.