Limor Fried, MIT graduate and founder of Adafruit Industries, has successfully combined personal fabrication, social messaging, and green electronics to create a device that monitors and publically reports energy consumption of appliances and electronics.
In his 2005 book “FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop - From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication” Neil Gershenfeld describes the future of engineering design as moving away from mass production to personal fabrication. According to Gershenfeld, driven by the desire for personalized products, people will begin modifying technology by adapting commercial products for unique personal applications.
A look at the Adafruit Industries Web site suggests the first wave of Gershenfeld’s personal fabrication future is already here.
Aren't all big ideas a byproduct of personal fabrication?
Thursday, April 30, 2009
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