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June/July MakeIt NYC: Spixi, ΛBE[S] Quadcopter, Etsy Bites Maker, Mixee Labs 3D

MakeIt NYC has a special treat for June/July - flying robots, going Pro via Kickstarter, a synthesizer project that angered Etsy, and more!

Special Guest Paul Yun is the 21st century version of the man with the better mousetrap. Smartphone cables, simply put, are one of life's minor annoyances, and retractable cables jam and are ugly - according to Paul, they "have a face only a mother could love". Paul's company, Escargot, created a better, retractable charging cable, Spixi, and he successfully launched it on Kickstarter. Spixi starts shipping this month.

Paul talks about how he made that happen, how he jumped through Apple's licensing hoops and recent connector change, and what it takes to be a New York hardware company.

MakeIt NYC member Robert Clarke presents ΛBE[S]. Robert describes it as a "modular reconfigurable quadcopter, that is easy to assemble, simple to use and expand; to provide a customizable and seamless user experience." Um, so, a snap together flying robot? Oh yeah. Robert shows off his creation, and talks about what inspired him, and how he got it off the ground (ouch).

Special Guest Brendan Byrne is a Brooklyn based electronic artist who was hand-assembling synthesizers in really lovely wooden cases, and selling them on Etsy. Things were going swimmingly for five months... and then Etsy decided that Brendan had run afoul of some unwritten, and seemingly arbitrary rules. Without warning, Etsy shut down Brendan's store, and then demanded documentation of Brendan's build process - something that Brendan regards as valued Intellectual Property.

Brendan joins us to discuss how online marketplaces are a double-edged Xacto blade for the Maker, and how other seemingly "obvious" online marketplaces just didn't work for him. He also talks about making the jump to being a Professional Maker, and how electronics and synths are situated in the arts and crafts and Maker cultures.

And we're finalizing something very special for the 3D Printing crowd, plus lots of talk, networking and Pizza, too.


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  • Alan H.

    Great time. Thank you.

    July 17, 2013

  • Grega R.

    My first time around and it was simply great. I like the format, strict and punctual, the iso ... and all the presentations were straight on, very informative and even uplifting. Need to come hungry next time though...

    July 17, 2013

  • Debra R.

    Hi All, I can not make tomorrow night and I am looking for someone to print some parts for me this week in NYC. It seems all the services are 2-3 weeks to get your print. Thank you! - you can email me at [masked]

    July 15, 2013

    • Sammy K.

      The Zahn Center has a pretty good turn around time.

      July 15, 2013

    • Debra R.

      Thank you Sammy! I will check!

      July 15, 2013

  • Tony D.

    my work is related to AC and indoor air quality. beastly hot wee demands my attention

    July 15, 2013

  • Eric

    I am excited about the meetup group but out of town.

    June 24, 2013

  • Philip L.

    Guest: YeePing Wu

    June 16, 2013

  • Jonathan H.

    Quite a slate for the next meeting - it might be our best meeting so far! And 3D Printing fans should watch for an update for something very cool indeed.

    June 10, 2013

  • Stuart U.

    Any one interested in ceramics

    June 7, 2013

    • Chi

      I use to be a ceramicist, now that's just one of the thing that I design.

      June 10, 2013

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