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'Makernow at the House of Lords'

Makernow have been working alongside other Fablabs in the UK to support the 'We Made it' competition, 2014 instigated by http://www.dods.co.uk. Makernow produced a working prototype of the 'Glow Liner' a Luminous bag liner concept for Beth Cargill from Gresham school, one of the national winners. The prototype was exhibited at an event held at the Houses of Parliament on the 12th March, 2014, where she was presented with her award.

 

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Beth’s initial design sketches of her Luminous bag liner.
Using a combination of EL wire for illumination, conductive Velcro for the switch and battery pack we produced the bag liner prototype.
The finished bag liner. An electrical connection is made when the bag is opened, the zipper acts as the switch by making contact with two battery terminals closing the circuit and turning on the device.
The luminous liner allows you to clearly see the contents of your bag.
Beth's prototype and presentation stand at the Houses of Parliament on the 12th March, 2014.
Congratulations to Beth wining her award.

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Talking digital memory box collaboratively developed as part of the bespoke research project www.bespokeproject.org
Designed for families, schools and other groups, this simple and intuitive card controlled digital recording, filtering and playing back device allows people to record stories and associate them with RFID tagged physical artefacts.
Version illustrated is now being used in Fishwick Primary School in Preston, for which it was designed.
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Initial prototype sketch of the RFID card based interface. Talking digital memory box collaboratively developed as part of the bespoke research project www.bespokeproject.org Designed for families, schools and other groups, this simple and intuitive card controlled digital recording, filtering and playing back device allows people to record stories and associate them with RFID tagged physical artefacts. Version illustrated is now being used in Fishwick Primary School in Preston, for which it was designed. Text to accompany photos
1st visualisation of the form of the memory box
Physical mock-up with basic electronics
Mock-up with proposed control cards
Set up for mock-up testing
Beginning of the build process using elements that have been CNC milled and  laser engraved elements
View of Memory Box illustrating the electronics elements hidden within (e.g. RFID readers, speakers, net top PC, potentiometer, etc
Electronics in place.
Side view of finished box after it has been bound in leather and laser engraved pages have been achieved
Complete box showing the surface that RFID tags objects and cards can be placed.

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