Print me a startup: ToscanaIN event in Florence, September 24 2012

They’re calling it the “Third Industrial Revolution” – what is it really? For anyone in the Florence, Italy area interested in learning more about this movement (and seeing it up close), the event not to miss is on Monday September 24th, 2012, at 7pm – the fourth annual ToscanaIN startup world event (held in Italian). The translated title is “Print me a startup – the Third Industrial Revolution: fad or […]



The Lego story: from woodworker to King of bricks

To celebrate its 80th birthday, Lego – as strong and youthful as ever – has made an interesting video. We learn the history of the company, from the beginning of the 20th century with Ole Kirk Christiansen, and the generations that followed that transformed Lego – responsible for so many makers’ first contacts with building and creativity – from a small woodworker’s shop to the multinational ‘King of Bricks’ that […]


World of Makers: best of July + August 2012

What was the “World of Makers” up to in July 2012? We’re keeping a finger on the pulse of the worldwide Makers’ movement for you. Other than these monthly roundup posts, you’ll want to join our facebook page for the latest news. In July and August we spotted a bicycle made of cardboard, some excellent funding for “the next Lego”, a summer camp for Makers and more. If there is […]


Plug'n'Wear produces wearable technology kit for Arduino store

We’re excited about the July 2012 launch of the Wearable Technology kit on the official Arduino store. It is produced by our friends at Florence-based Plug’n’Wear and allows Makers to “experiment with wearable sensors and actuators” in order to make one’s first moves into interactive wearable design. One of the nice things about this kit is the story behind the development of wearable technology in Tuscany. Riccardo Marchesi spoke about […]


Makerbot resurrects the mix tape

Remember getting that selection of songs with lightly veiled meanings from that guy in highschool who would become your temporary soulmate? Or when you crafted tapes for hours, sometimes days, with the perfect “top 10” list á-la-High Fidelity?  Makerbot has resurrected this old art with a new product: Mixtape.



Spotify box is exemplary Maker design

Apparently, students in Sweden do really cool degree projects. Catalan-born Jordi Parra is not yet 30 years old and is now employed in Chicago as an Interaction Designer at IDEO. His final project at Sweden’s Umeå Institute of Design was a device to listen to Spotify at home, and it recently won a prize in the Disruptive category of the IxDA Awards 2012. We at MakeTank love this project. It […]