ICRI Cities at the Maker Faire UK and Paris

A few of our ICRI Cities members attended the recent Maker Faire UK in Newcastle last month.  Maker Faire UK is a two day family friendly festival of invention and creativity, bringing together over 300 hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and garden shed inventors from across the globe – people who love to make stuff and who want to share their passion with the public.  Members of our Intel contingent set up a stall to display some of our latest ideas to engage the public with technology and show how sensors in the community work.   According to Duncan Wilson, one of the favourite devices they brought along was an inter-active bubble machine, whereby members of the public could send texts to the device, which would then blow out bubbles in response.

Users text the bubble machine at Maker Faire uK

Users text the bubble machine at Maker Faire uK

You can find out more about Intel’s experience at the Maker Faire UK here.

Duncan Wilson and Greg Jackson discuss air quality sensors in a short video here.  These air quality sensors lie at the heart of some of our on-going projects, as the data they provide will help our researchers to find the best solutions to some of the most prominent urban centric problems in relation to future sustainability.

The Maker Faire Paris is due to run on the weekend of the 21st and 22nd June, and looks set to be another wonderful weekend of show, tell and discovery.