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Making More Makers (and Why It Matters)

In the lead-up to tomorrow’s Dale Dougherty/MAKE segment on “The Next List” (Sunday, 2pm EST), CNN has posted an article by Dale entitled How to Make More ‘Makers’ – and Why It Matters.

Makers start with that simple idea to do something, which is why we call it DIY – for “do it yourself.” Soon, however, they find out that there are lots of people like you out there. When you find others, you have a community and that community offers a place to show your work, trade tools and swap ideas, and just have fun.

We can find all kinds of makers in our communities. Yet we also want to help create more makers. Through education and community outreach, we can offer the opportunity to make things to more people, but particularly children. They might find these opportunities at school but also at community centers, summer camps and science centers, or even at home. My goal is that all people, young and old, come to see themselves as makers, creators and doers because I know that the people who have the skills and knowledge to make things have the power to make the world a better place.

The article also includes another video excerpt from “The Next List” piece.

Please Note: After the show tomorrow, Dale Dougherty (@dalepd) will be hosting a Q&A on twitter (#make). We hope you’ll join us.

How to Make More ‘Makers’ – and Why It Matters

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DIY Hardware-Based Freelance Time Tracker

Our friend Raphael Abrams from NYC Resistor needs to track the hours he works as a freelancer but none of the solutions out there work very well for him. He therefore decided to make his own hardware-based detonator-style time tracker which he calls “Puncher.” The source code and schematics are available to download if you’d like to start tracking your own hours with it. [via NYC Resistor]


 

Apertus, an Open Source Cinema Camera

The use of traditional motion picture film cameras is likely on the way out as high quality digital video cameras become better and more affordable. A group of developers is capitalizing on this with Apertus, an open source software and open hardware cinematic HD camera for a professional production. While they’re far off from a camera that’s ready to shoot out of the box, the development is well under way. Hit play on the video above for more information about the project and check out these sample videos from the camera. And if you’re a developer that loves the tools of cinematography (like yours truly), take a look at how you can help the project.


 


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