Knit's Creative Technologist, Jack Chalkely gives us a round up everything brilliant from the recent 'Future Everything' conference.
"Last week I attended the Future Everything Festival. It was a really great event and well worth the trip up North to the city of Manchester.
There was a lot to take in and numerous speakers, but here are a few of my personal highlights;
Garnet Hertz, publisher of "Critical Making" - a series of books about the maker movement written by the maker movement did a great talk full of poignant statements, my favourite being "The maker movement is folk art for engineers", which relegates it to a sort-of craft rather than an art or a science. And that its more concerned with finishing projects and having a portfolio of different pieces than it is with speculation or building ecosystems around the products. Maybe in the future building cool new circuits will be restricted to hobbyists and kickstarter will be full of a different genre of products.
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino - designer of The Good Night Lamp discussed how Kickstarter is great for exposure and to fund small projects but not always the best way to bring a product to market. This is a trend that will become more obvious as more funded projects run-out of money before they can complete their orders or get swallowed up by bigger companies like Oculus Rift did.
Data was a hot topic among numerous talks. A common opinion was that people will become more conscious of their personal data to the point where people might even become defensiv. There's a rise in products that block wifi and telephone signals and GPS jammers are legal to buy in the UK. There is even speculative projects that block face recognition and thermal imaging.
Listed below are some interesting links from Future Everything which you can take a look at below if you want to find out more.
The Good Night Lamp - one of the first Internet of Things products
Hello Lamp Post - What if all objects in a city were networked and had a voice.
Smart Citizen - another IoT successful kickstarter
All in all, it was a great event, and I aim to go again next year."
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