“The concept for the Ultrascope arose when I realized that the tools and technologies to pull it off—cloud computing; high-speed phone networks; low-cost, high performance chips and CCDs; 3D printing; and the Maker Movement—had all matured around the same time, enabling a new era in citizen science. This couldn’t have been done 24 months ago, but now it’s all here.” - Inventor James Parr on OnQ
I told them I couldn’t continue to do what I’ve been doing with them at Maker Faire, because they had accepted a grant from Darpa. They’re a fantastic organization that have done so many amazing things for me and for many other people, and will continue to do so. But I just think it’s incredibly unfortunate that they’re accepting money from DARPA. They don’t need that money. There’s enough money from people that have incredibly fantastic motivations for helping them.
The New York edition of Maker Faire is happening September 20th and 21st. Are you a Maker? Are you interested in making stuff? Check out Tangeez, which are light-up building blocks that change color as you go. Maybe that inspired you to make something! If it did, head over to Next Top Maker to enter.