OSEEC - Open Source Everything Engineering Catalog

How can Makers help the World?

A very inspiring talk by Jane Chen CEO of Embrace Innovations

YouTube Embrace Innovations

Every year, 3 million premature babies die in the first 28 days. Mostly because of undercooling.
Incubators, which hold the temperatures of babies constant, are expensive and cost 20'000$ upwards. They need a constant power supply. They are complicate to operate and to maintain.

The idea was born at a Stanford event, which was about low cost technologies , for people of one dollar or less income per day. How can a low-cost incubator be built, that cost 1 percent of a standard device?

How can the device be built that functions without constant power supply and which is super intuitive to use - useable by every mother.

They developed a sleeping bag with a phase-change-material. While the phase-change happens, the temperature is constant. A wax material was used, that melts at human body temperature.
They went to India with the first prototypes and made different iterations based on the feedback of the people. At the end it was a sleeping bag of one type of sterilizable fabric with a transparent viewing window on the front.

Additional they had a temperature display on it, but the people didn't trust the digital scale, so they made a simpler display with yellow smilies for good, blue for too cold and red for too hot - another iterations based on the empathy with the mothers which were the endusers.

After thousands of tests the "Embrace warmer" was born and released in 2011. A waterproof bag with an inlet with wax filling, which can be melted with boiling water or electricity. It holds the exact same temperature for up to 8 hours and it can be reheated thousands of times.

On the way to the product release they had a lot of obstacles, everything went wrong: Entrepreneurship is all about doing whatever it takes to pass obstacles to reach the end goal !

"When you truly believe something, the universe will conspire to help you achieve it - Paulo Coehlo"
In the first 5 years they helped over 200'000 babies in 20 countries !

More ideas and products followed and are mentioned in the talk - a must see.

This talk was very inspiring to me and made me think a lot about meaningful work and projects.

Other interesting talks for makers and enthusiast can be found at "Stanfords Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders" Series: http://ecorner.stanford.edu/ ( copies at YouTube ) .

2018-Oct-17 21:00 – Makers

Maslow CNC 2D Cutting Router - Open Source Project

The successfull Maslow-CNC-Router Open-Source-Project was a source of inspiration for me. I've got the newsletters and first I thought the following is the last newsletter, but now it seems to be continued, together with the community:

What is next for Maslow?
As we’re starting to catch our breath from shipping the last batch of kits, we’ve started to reflect on why we started this project and where we want it to go.

Getting back to basics
Maslow is not a business. We are a community driven open source project that has a business side to support the project. The Kickstarter and selling kits was a way to make CNC more accessible and to build a community around this crazy idea for a new type of CNC router. Maslow has always been about wanting to live in a world where folks anywhere can collaboratively design and share big things.
Unfortunately as the project has grown we are spending more and more time on the business side of things: dealing with taxes, customs, insurance, shipping and all the other things that go along with running a small business.
We want to spend more time working on making Maslow better and more time solving fun engineering problems. We want to have better work life balance, and to spend more time making things!
There's no way we can give this growing project the support it needs and do that.
Going forward we want to stop selling kits and focus on working to make parts available directly from the manufacturers, eliminating us as the middleman. We envision both people buying individual parts as replacements, and people assembling and selling Maslow kits locally. We have seen the community produce and sell add-on kits like the linkage kits and the Bosch router conversion kit. By enlisting the help of the community we can make Maslow more affordable (especially outside the US), support community innovation, and see the project continue to grow without beating ourselves up in the process.
“But how will you make money?” Is the question everyone we’ve floated the idea to has asked. We’re not sure that is the most important question. Our overhead is so low that the project can support the forums and keep our domains up for years without any worry. The community moderates the forums, writes the software, answers help questions, and improves the machine’s design. By harnessing the community we can make the machine better, cheaper, and available in more parts of the world. If we’re serious about being a community driven open source project first, then that sounds like a win even if it hurts our bottom line.

Text-Source: Update - What is next for Maslow?


Project-site: maslowcnc.com

Overview: YouTube - Meet Maslow, the $350 CNC Cutting Machine
Youtube-Description:We welcome Bar Smith and Hannah Teagle to show us their Maslow CNC cutting machine, which comes in a $350 kit. This CNC uses an upright design to hold a 4x8 foot sheet of plywood, and is completely open source. We talk about the goals of the Maslow CNC project and what kind of big things it can make!

Idea: Bar Smith and Hannah Teagle

Concept: 2 Motors in the top edges, Wood-Router in the middle

Controller: Arduino, PC-Software, G-Code

Typical Application: Cutting Plywood e.g. 1m x 2m with a precision of about 0.5mm to 1.5mm

Special Feature: Very slow moving - especially for Makers as a Hobby

Realization: Kickstarter - Maslow CNC

OSSEC-Comment: All open, complete understandable, very inspiring to do more on this base. A great project and a role model !

OSSEC-Project-Number: 1

2018-Oct-27 12:00 – Makers

Gaviotas - The Inventor's Village

If I have only one book to recommend for Makers, Inventors and Engineers - this is it - for me a must read for everyone ..

They had no money, only an idea. They founded a flourishing village called Gaviotas - in the middle of nowhere. Bestselling author Alan Weisman tells in A village to reinvent the world the incredible story of a lived utopia where people live in perfect harmony with nature: sustainable and happy.

Los Llanos - this is the name of the vast tropical plateau east of Bogota. Life is hardly possible in this inhospitable area, tormented by the drug war. And yet, under the guidance of courageous scientists, a practical utopia emerged here in the 1970s: a village that is completely self-sufficient, produces renewable energy, treats water, reforests the rainforest, cultivates grain and accepts no help from outside.

To this day, the name of the village stands for sustainable development worldwide: Gaviotas. Alan Weisman has written a book full of hope because it shows what we seem to forget in the face of climate change and the energy crisis: We know the solutions to many environmental problems. We just have to have the courage to put them into practice. "May this book find a million readers. (Charles Bowden) - Source Amazon.

This book captivates, fascinates and inspires - the story of the inventors community of Gaviotas around Paolo Lugari .
It all began as a self-supporter in the inhospitable savannah of troubled Colombia. Over time, millions of pines have been planted in this barren land. Between the pines the jungle came back with its flora and fauna.
Several water pumps, windmills and solar collectors were invented.  Cement and infertile soil were used to make bricks and water pipes. Since nothing grew on the leached soil at first, the vegetables were simply planted as hydroponics.  As simple, cheap and generally available materials as possible were used.

The community first grew with solar technology and mainly supplied the poor in Colombia. Then came the crisis, the village had to reinvent itself.

At some point it was decided to use the self-made pines as resin suppliers, valuable other materials could be extracted from the resins and sold profitably, but that did not last forever, at some point this market also collapsed - but the inhabitants of Gaviotas always find new possibilities.

The Community : Friends of Gaviotas

PDF - Gaviotas Conference

NYtimes - Gaviotas 2009

Adam Sulkowski - 50 years of green entrepreneurship with Paolo Lugari, founder of Las Gaviotas

2018-Oct-31 20:00 – Makers