My first post on DIY Kenya: I will be coming to Nairobi for the Maker Faire, sharing a table with Peter Hathaway and Stefhan Caddick.
It will be my first time in Africa, and I will try to get a feel for the local context and develop a quick response based on a solar powered Arduino device.
I am looking for local collaborator(s) to develop a project along the following lines:
Nairobi Solar Machine (working title)
I am a visual artist working with robotics and electronics, I make robots and other machines with recycled parts and micro-controllers.
I would like to make a machine specific to Nairobi. I will arrive in town a few days before the faire, and will bring a basic solar powered battery kit and electronics.
It would be great if one or more makers from Nairobi wanted to collaborate to the project, I am keen to share skills, ideas and knowledge.
Collaborator(s) profile: people with an interest in hand-made robotics and electronics (no need for previous knowledge, just curious is fine) if possible with a good knowledge of local resources.
My skills are: hand-made mechanical and electronics construction including recycled parts, programming Arduino micro-controllers* for mobile robots and other machines, making electric music instruments, performing with robots.
* Micro-controllers are self-contained programmable electronic units which can be used in many applications, with sensors and motors, lights, timing, communication….
Arduino is an open source micro-controller which is used by makers world-wide, relatively easy to program and interface. Check their website for more info: http://arduino.cc
For information about my work, please visit: http://www.zprod.org
More info coming soon,