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It all started when I gave a talk at Sketching in Hardware 2007 conference (that i also co-hosted). The talk’s title was “The Rise of prosumer electronocs”, and it was about how technology, business and social trends will bring the next step of CrafTech: DIY social hardware.

You will find here the original presentation, posts about related projects and trends as well as opinions about them. I encourage you to participate and bring relevant issues and projects to my attention. 

This blog will discuss scenarios for when advances in the hardware and the business worlds will converge with technological literacy and new social conventions such as prosumption, participation, and personalization, in a generation that is younger than the Pentium, and was born texting. 

For this generation, online technologies are already used as a tool for creativity, as they became easy to use, and lowered the thresholds for writing and visualizing, for creating and editing videos and music, and for sharing all these.

Data Djs are mashing-up existing information and casting them into new molds for specific audiences. Active participation and involvement in the information one consumes is widespread, and in some demographics - it is obligatory.

The software industry complies by constantly creating simpler tools with enhanced capabilities to support the eager innovators, while teen Game Modding Summer Camp (where13 year olds learn how to customize their favorite video games) is just one example for new services that pop up to answer the growing need.Similar developments begin to happen in the physical dimension too. Hardware is becoming cheaper, smarter, easier to use, it looses its technical appearance, and more and more tools are developed to enable creations in hardware for the less technical folks.  This is an exploration of the kind of creations and implications that will emerge from this mindset when it’s coupled with physical building blocks that are networked, smart, easily programmable and modular. 

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