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Ever wanted to steal your kid's (or someone else's kid's) "Tickle Me Elmo" to take it apart and see how it works? Ever take one apart and then panic when you couldn't put it back together? This workshop is a brief introduction to the mechanisms behind your favourite mechanical toys so you don't have to break the toys your kinds love. You'll learn the basics of gears and mechanical motion and you'll build your very own little mechanisms to impress your peeps at home and make your friends jealous.
Bring your own laptop!
About the workshop facilitators:
Adriana Ieraci is a digital media consultant and entrepreneur and a newbie to DIY making and prototyping. This workshop was Adriana's chance to reach back to her mechanical engineering background and dig up all the things she has forgotten in just a few years (ok, maybe about 10 - it's amazing how much you can forget as soon as school is over). Adriana is part of the ThingTank advisory committee and is currently working on some products for the home care market.
Peter J. Slack is a musician, computer geek, engineering designer and entrepreneur. Peter spent some time gold-digging in the north (literally) and can tell you where to take your pickaxe and gold pan. Peter and his partners also founded a home elevator design and manufacturing company before accessible homes were popular. Peter is currently part of an elite group of programmers working on the next generation of music information retrieval algorithms. Peter's first love is music and he is currently working on a new album of folk rock tunes. You can check out his latest recording of "When I'm With You" at: http://pjslack.net/whenimwithyou.mp3
When & Where
The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab. This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”. The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”. The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.
The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community. It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.