This Week in Community: Coffee, Carrots & Custom Synths

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April 10, 2015

The Pune RudeFood

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Inspired by the products of Ludus Ludi and the natural installations of Andy Goldsworthy, the makers at our Pune, India Global Chapter Makerspark wanted to explore new ways to visualize 3D designs using food. They call it Pune RudeFood.

Milind Sonavane, Chapter Leader: Basically, we have been brooding about pre-visualisation in three dimensions for a long time, and have been wondering if CAD and 3Dprinting is the only taken-for-granted solution. We wanted to see if this can be done for easier, cheaper, and with creation in mind, not mass production.

 

#MakeMusic Contest Winners

Last week we announced an Instagram contest. We wanted to see where the new synth modules would fit into your audio workstations. We got a ton of great pics from around the world, ranging from awesome chaoses of synth to clean tabletop arrangements.

 

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Ultimately, we selected two very different images. There was a video of @noctambulance’s dark, eerie analog synth setup emitting horror movie-esque vibes and @merycurtis’s intriguing custom synth project, BeeSynth. We’re excited to post about Maria’s project next week 🙂

 

Are You A #CoffeeMaker?

This week’s Instagram contest is all about you tinkerers who spend hours upon hours dreaming up big ideas for projects and plan out schematics on coffee stained napkins. We want to see your drawings, your notes, your coffee napkin prototypes. Post a pic of your sketches and include @littleBits & #CoffeeMaker in your description.

 

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On 4/17, we’ll select our favorite photo and a lucky Instagrammer will get expert advice and the bits the need to make their dream project a reality. You don’t need bits to enter, just a drawing utensil, a surface, and a lil’ ol’ fashioned ingenuity. Start sketchin’!

 

The Voice Box

 

Voice Box from Joey Wilson on Vimeo.

 

“This is the tale of a simple wooden box that tells stories at the touch of a button. It’s also a story about my dad.”

Joey Wilson never fails to amaze us. His projects are rooted in imaginative concepts and feature fantastic attention to detail. But most of all, Joey is a storyteller. Much like his father.

For his latest project, Joey spent a few days going though his late father’s speeches, pulling out jokes and stories. “The origin of my father’s career started with his ability to capture and hold an audience with his stories. These stories, and the lessons they contained, became some of the first products, recorded on vinyl records, of my father’s then fledgling company, The Wilson Learning Corporation, in 1966.” Joey then loaded these recordings into an mp3 Player bit and used littleBits & an old cigar box to create a beautiful tribute to a great storyteller. The project blew our minds and the story brought us to tears. Thank you for sharing, Joey.

 

 

Meet Murray

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Murray Fenstermaker is part of our inaugural group of Global Chapter leaders. He is a passionate maker and educator, dedicated to inspiring youth in his local community.

I’ve seen how creative and excited kids become about circuitry when it is presented to them in a way that isn’t intimidating.  I believe that anxiety is the only thing keeping many children from going into a tech field or being more engaged in school.  When I heard that littleBits wanted to start a movement for making, learning, and exploration I knew that I had to be a part of it.

Learn more about Murray’s chapter here, and check him out on the local news!