Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Toy Hacking Workshop

robobabyI'm guessing at least a couple Robosapiens are busted already. Or maybe last year's gifts are long forgotten and destined for the trash bin. Well, what better to do with the junk than pop it open and play with its electronics?

For those who are too scared or success-oriented to DIY, there's a cool-sounding Toy Hacking workshop being held in London this month.

Don’t know what to do with those spare toys lying around post-Christmas season? This workshop just might be the thing for you. After a successful Pimp my Gadget workshop in Budapest, we have the pleasure of having Adam Somlai Fisher and Massimo Banzi lead his 2 day fun workshop during which you will be doing some wire bending, learn about basic electronics and hack toys!

Put on by Tinker.it, a "technology and design consultancy" with offices in London, Milan and Amsterdam, they also offer workshops on Processing and Arduinos. No electronic knowledge is necessary but you do need to bring a laptop and a toy to hack. Tickets are 90 pounds or 75 for students.

What I wanna know is, why can't we get cool workshops like this around where I live?

(Note, the picture is of a similar event put on for students of the Willem de Kooning Academy.)

Photo by Danja Vasiliev

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