Maker Faire 2014: Hackspace projects and the Glasgow School of Art

Posted on May 1, 2014


Blinkstick Pro

Blinkstick Pro

Maker Faire UK 2014 hosted the UK’s hack and maker spaces with ambitious and simply fun projects built from kit electronics, experiments in code and finely sculpted materials. This is the third post in a series looking at what happens when makers collide.

Hack Hitchin may not be the largest of the UK hack spaces but with a group of about 30 regulars it has managed to put together an eclectic mix of projects that included a scaled up Big Trak truck called Big Hak, a dancing robotic creepy crawly and an LED business called Blinkstick.

‘Make. Craft. Invent. Learn.’ is the credo on the group’s website and Blinkstick is a cool USB-controlled smart pixel stick that can be used simply as a notification light for your computer or expanded and hacked, using Blinkstick Pro, to remotely control LED strips and IKEA’s Dioder lights. For an idea of what you can do with the Blinkstick Pro controller board take a look at the video below.

Glasgow School of Art
I love Glasgow. There, I’ve said it. Apart from having great bars, nightclubs and places to eat, it has the architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the Glasgow School of Art and a vibrant maker culture. The last two in that list were in evidence at Maker Faire 2014 with a stand looking at how artists are embracing electronics – Arduino and Raspberry Pi – computing and coding and other crafts into their projects.

The art school wiki-website itself is an incredible resource – a link farm of general electronics sites, wearables and e-textiles, buttons, switches and programmable interfaces.

Check out some of the tutorials on offer:

Signal jammer designed by Benjamin Rodgers at the Glasgow School of Art

Signal jammer designed by Benjamin Rodgers at the Glasgow School of Art