Favourite 5 of the year 2016
It’s been a mental year for everyone, there’s no denying it. But in amongst the chaos, we’ve had an incredible year and here at MV, so I’d like to take 5 minutes to champion our top five inspiring products based at Makerversity in London and Amsterdam. These are our nominations from the MV team, a cross-section of disciplines ranging from zines to gravity-powered lights.
So, let’s get to it. Our top five, in no particular order…
The news – 3 months later, in detail and coupled with beautiful infographics.
What’s so good about it? We’re so used to seeing big, bold, headlines as a story develops, but how can we keep up? What does it all mean? This mag provides in-depth analysis and expert editorial which allows you as a reader to make a proper judgment with the power of hindsight. We need this now more than ever!
AVY improves quality of life and work by developing unmanned aircraft for a variety of applications: organ transport, search and rescue missions, disaster relief and professional inspections, making aid work quicker and cheaper.
1.5 billion people rely on kerosene lamps for light. Not only is this dangerous and seriously bad for your health (it’s the equivalent of smoking 20 fags a day) but also costs between 10 – 20% of a typical household’s wage. Not good. To combat this, the London-based, Gravity Light Foundation set to work to build an alternative using free energy sources – sunlight isn’t available in the evenings when light is needed and conventional battery life can degrade over time, but gravity is ever-present.
A big up to our gravity-harnessing friends!
Desktop manufacturing for makers, designers and entrepreneurs. The young company have a few machines under their belt already, and available for pre-order now is the desktop vacuum former, FormBox. Mayku believe that everyone should be able to make things and have access to the kinds of manufacturing techniques usually reserved for industries. The majority of the team named this as one of their favourites of the year.
And last but not least…
Just as Mayku are striving to make making easier, Bento Bio’s Bento Lab is bringing biochemistry to the field like never before. The laptop-sized kit, boasting a centrifuge and DNA testing capabilities, is opening up a whole world of bio making and we love it.
As you can imagine, with all the amazing work coming out of Makerversity, it wasn’t easy to whittle down to five. We could easily have kept going, but we agreed to our favourite 5 so that’s what we’re sticking with! We hope you love our nominations as much as we do!
For more about Makerversity this year, check out our ‘Makerversity in numbers’ review of 2016.
Top five of the year