Field Term 2 Week 3

Jon Counsel started the lecture with some discussion about advancing technology – particularly 3D printing. He also talked about the disruptiveness of new technologies, showing one website called smartplant.com’s article called ‘The Disruptive Dozen‘.

Of these dozen the ones that interested me most were The Internet of Things, Advanced Robotics, Next-Generation Genomics, Energy Storage, 3-D Printing and Advanced Materials. Some of these are playing into some of my ideas for dissertation topics.

One focus on 3-D printing is a website that has tried to highlight the darker side and cons of 3-D printing – techrepublic.com

The Dark Side of 3-D Printing – This article raised interesting points about 3-D printer energy consumption, plastics health risks (airborne plastic particles, food safety, structurally weak), Licensing, Bio-Printing ethics and regulation, 3-D printed drugs and national security risks.

Also of interest was the article 10 Things Holding 3-D Printing Back.

Next we had a look at tinkerforge.com and there sensors, shields and drivers that can be used with the Raspberry Pi.

Then Jon mentioned some open source programmes that I could get for my B+

  • Libre Office Suite
  • Chromium
  • Geany
  • Audacity
  • GIMP
  • Adafruit and Tinkerforge libraries

Then the practical side of the lesson saw me make a few simple programmes in Geany on the RPi, mostly combining two different sketches to make a new sketch or script which I then ran successfully (eventually) in LDX Terminal.

On my Windows machine I have started to follow a tutorial called ‘Learn Python the Hard Way’ I will continue to learn python on Codeacademy.com and Javascript at Khanacademy.com

At the end of the session we had a brief discussion about drawing machines.

One thing I really need to do is to blog about project ideas and inspiration.

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