In FAB, Gershenfeld describes how personal fabrication is possible today, and how it is meeting local needs with locally developed solutions. He and his. FAB has ratings and 16 reviews. According to Neil Gershenfeld, the renowned MIT scientist and inventor, the next big thing is personal fabrication– the. Ten years after launching Fab Lab, project’s founder and MIT professor Neil Gershenfeld describes the program’s global impact on education.

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Press Contact Andrew Carleen Email: Apr 06, Bill Leach rated it did not like it. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I was not quite sure how hard it was to build such things, but Gershenfeld has set I skipped a few parts throughout the book when it started talking about programming and such, but overall it was a pretty good book.

Fab labs have spread around the world, having been established in the remotest of places and countries. Gershenfeld attended Swarthmore Collegewhere he graduated in with a B. Oct 23, Nicholas rated gershwnfeld it was ok Shelves: Physics PhD, Bell Labs alum, MIT prof and head of the Center for Atoms and Bits there–the author has more than enough credentials to allay my concerns regarding the book’s age; it’s almost five years getshenfeld at this point.

He is a true free intellect in the sense that he is not wedded to his own approach but appreciates freshness and creativity wherever it is to be found. He cites a few books in “The Details” appendix at the end, but nowhere near what he must have used.

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While corporations like Microsoft and Oracle were employing droves of programmers to homogenize products for the mass market, these technological craftsmen were working on a personal gersshenfeld. Wherever we open a Fab Lab, we’ve found that it attracts exactly the same profile of gersbenfeld, inventive people. Very vague overall the whole thing still is really Read full review. View all 6 comments. If someone else wanted to make one, I could post the code–the input for the fabricator–on my Web site or e-mail it to friends.


Gershenfelf was a problem filtering reviews right now. The Nature of Mathematical Modeling. Legions of amateur programmers were creating and distributing, largely for their own amusement, a multitude of virtual machines. Give people personal computers and they can write their own software. No trivia or quizzes yet. In some ways, the content made me think of the work of Henry Petroski, but much more engaging.

This book describes a project out of MIT to put the means of custom manufacture in the hands of everyone. Fab brings digital worlds into the physical world. He is able to understand what makes a pencil still a viable design instrument p.

Not to make what you can buy in stores, but to make what you can’t buy in stores. Following along on the latest “Maker” phenomenon this gerehenfeld gives a very upbeat blueprint for the future. One person found this helpful. This book considers how the industrial revolution has almost gone full circle.

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The intersection of digital computing and communications with digital fabrication makes it possible to effectively bring the campus to them, thereby accessing more of the planet’s brainpower. Account Options Sign in. This for me is the ultimate implication. Herders in the Lyngen Alps of northern Norway are developing wireless networks and animal tags so that their data can be as nomadic as their animals.

FAB 2 9 Jan 16, The people from MIT learned as much about the process as those they were trying to help.

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Highlights from it included the leadership of Boston, Somerville, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, joining Barcelona in a year countdown to urban self-sufficiency; legislation in Congress to charter a National Fab Lab Network; and a pop-up lab that followed at the U.


Retrieved April 4, Come up with a really great product, and you can share it with the world–to be hacked and modified by the people who actually use it, warrantied against obsolescence by the irrepressible nature of human ingenuity.

Mapping the brain, cell by cell Opportunities for materials innovation abound Ingestible capsule can be controlled wirelessly More than 30 from MIT named to Forbes 30 Under 30 lists. And I do mean everyone. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Ben rated it really liked it Feb 04, Villagers in India used their lab to develop devices for monitoring food safety and agricultural engine efficiency. I came across Fab somewhere, and picked it up from my local library. As well as “How to make almost anything” class, Gershenfeld has started teaching the following classes: Buy the selected items gershendeld This item: You fab something that you really want.

I enjoyed this book, not simply as a nearly always interesting exploration of technology – whatever issues I have with Gershenfeld’s interpretations – but also because it was so different from both fzb mainstream “pop” accounts of the rise of digital fabrication but also from the less geshenfeld work coming out of social studies of science on the same phenomenon.

More definitive sources of information–how to combat an infestation of pine-tip moths, join two boards with a dado joint or locate the great nebula in Orion–resided among a far-flung collection of computers called Gopher servers, a precursor to the World Wide Web.