The LI4E Makerspace Project is an effort by Learning is for Everyone, the lead sponsor of Tampa Bay’s first ever Mini Maker Faire, to bring makerspaces to Tampa Bay . Not waiting for makerspace to start making things, team members are hard at work and play in 2012 Red Bull Creation Contest , armed with a “Bullduino” and loads of creativity, hoping to make it into the top 12 makers or maker teams, who get to compete in a 72-hour build starting July 19.
After a public voting period, top scoring teams get to take their creations the
Getting a few supplies for the Red Bull Creation project.
World Maker Faire 2012, in September. Besides getting to showcase their maker awesomeness, and hang with other great techies and artists, Red Bull Creation contestants will be vying for the top prize of $10,000 - pretty decent seed money for a Makerspace!
Working with a few things the LI4E Makerspace Project team found in the garage.
You can follow along the LI4E Makerspace Project team’s adventure on their Facebook page . And check back here soon to see a video of their creation!
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Tagged bullduino, LI4E Makerspace Project, LI4E Makerspace team, Makerspace, Red Bull Creation Contest, Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, Tampa inventors, World Maker Faire
Young Makers are born with imagination and a sense of fun and creativity. But they also need the encouragement and support of family and community, to not only celebrate what they make, but to keep their Maker Spirit alive and thriving!
From Jamie and Adam Tested – Mythbusters‘ Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage’s home on the web – comes the latest in the As Yet Untitled Adam Savage Project #2: Getting Started Making. (If you’ve got a suggestion for a show name, visit the “Name the Next Tested Video” page.)
On June 25, 2012 a Maker Space – a community space to “create, tinker, play anad collaborate” – will begin to operate in the Westport Library in CT, joining the growing number of libraries reimagining themselves as makerspaces. From June 25th to August 23rd Joseph Schott will be our first Maker-in-Residence. Patrons can participate in assisting with the creation of two model airplanes that will ultimately be suspended in the Great Hall of the Library. How about it Tampa Bay? Interested in collaborating on similar spaces here? Check out the LI4E Makerspace Project.
Some inventions are creations of convenience, like the Snap-a-Loop media device holder. Some are fun, like BrickStix. Some are useful in very specific ways, like SnapIt Screw eyeglass repair and the E-sort potato sorter. And some have enormous social potential, like adjustable focus eyeglasses.
The Pacifier Activated Lullaby, or PAL, is a niche invention that falls into that last category, in a marvelous and touching way. Developed by music professor Jayne Standley at Florida State University to help premature babies learn the proper muscle movements to be able to suck and feed.
According to the PAL page at Florida State University,”More than 500,000 premature babies are born in the United States every year, each requiring significant medical treatment to ensure their survival and minimize life-long health challenges.”
Officially, the “Pacifier Activated Lullaby (PAL®) is an FDA-approved, patented system that utilizes music reinforcement therapy to stimulate non-nutritive sucking and the breathe-suck-swallow reflex in pre-term infants.” And results are already producing shorter-term hospital stays with a commensurate reduction in hospitalization costs (on average saving $10,000 per infant) and a higher likelihood that premature babies will thrive once they leave the hospital.
IEEE-Spectrum gives some interesting technical details. “The pacifier is outfitted with proprietary piezo sensing technology that detects the baby’s sucking motion. Feedback algorithms determine when the motion is correct, and a signal is sent via wire to a speaker that plays a soothing song when the baby gets the breathe-suck-swallow reflex right. The system can be calibrated to each baby’s needs.”
Check PAL out at http://www.research.fsu.edu/pal/about.html
Bryan and Rozana Karle of Tampa got tired of dropping their phones.
“It happens to everybody,” Rozana told WTSB 10 News recently.
So she and Bryan did some research to find out what might be available to help users hang onto their mobile devices and said there were surprised at the lack of helpful gadgets that fit the bill.
“I mean cell phones have been out for how long and people have been dropping their phones for years. It’s just amazing that nothing else has come up,” Rozana told 10 News.
So, like the good makers they are, they came up with their own solution – and patented the Snap-a-Loop, and adhesive-backed loop that comes in various sizes and sticks to the back of a phone, iPad, Kindle, or iPod.
On the market for just a couple of weeks now, and retails for $10. The Karles say everything from the manufacturing to the packaging of their new product is done right here in Tampa.
Check out the great little video our student videographer, Ryder, made at this year’s Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire!
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Tagged CyberCraft Robots, Electrathon of Tampa Bay, electronic music, Florida Inventors, Ryder, Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, Tampa inventors, Team Duct Tape, Young Makers, youth videographer
“Stay obsessed. That thing you can’t stop thinking about? Keep indulging it. Obsession is the better part of success. You will be great at the things that you can’t not do.” – Adam Savage
Words of wisdom from one of our most treasured Makers! “Remember that you have time to figure out what you want to do. Who you need to be. Where you want to go. You have time to fail. You have time to mess up. You have time to try again. And when you mess that up, you still have time. Just so long as you’re willing to work hard.” Read his full commencement address at Sarah Lawrence College.
Check out this great little documentary about CyberCraft Robots , a popular Maker at our recent Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, who will also be appearing at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire next week!
Think you have the next hundred million dollar product idea? My Cool Inventions radio show invites you to submit your product idea. Run by Akos Jankura ‘The Solutioinist’ and John Cremeans ‘The Doctor of Shopology” who offer to guide inventors in their product development, the program offers listeners an opportunity to vote on their favorite ideas.
Recently, the show maxed out the voter capacity during its premier boradcast when when the inventors of the Activator (home security) Knuckle Racquet (sports/exercise) and Credit Clean Extreme (DIY Credit Rating) pitched their ideas live and created “a text to vote frenzy. The text to vote platform for the one-hour show reached capacity with thousands of votes coming in from Tampa Bay and around the country.”
Akos hosts the 90-second week-day Radio Feature following the news break at 1:30 pm EST on 970WFLA with live streaming on 970WFLA.com in the top rated time slot in the Tampa/St.Petersburg/Clearwater market. The feature is scheduled for national syndication this year MyCool Inventions is Featured Saturdays at 4pm on 970 WFLA, in Tampa, and iHeartRadio.Com nationwide.
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Tagged Activator, Akos Jankura, Credit Clean Extreme, John Cremeans, Knuckle Racquet, My Cool Inventions