Chris (DIY drones, Wired, MAKE 19) is making the rounds with “Atoms are the New Bits” – here is an overview of his talk, sounds excellent –
- The Web revolution is hitting the real world. â€œWe are entering a new manufacturing age,â€ said Anderson. â€œIâ€™ve been thinking about being analog and the world of manufacturing.â€
- Manufacturing businesses are utilizing a lot of the techniques pioneered on the Web.
- Tools of production are being democratized. Exhibit A: 3D printers will now run you $750. Anderson has one in his basement. Laser cutters and circuit boards can all be designed in your basement using world class industrial technologies.
- If you want scale, a Chinese factory will work with you where ever you are. â€œI can click a button and make robots in a Chinese factory move,â€ said Anderson. â€œThese factories want to work with smaller companies because thereâ€™s the flexibility to do so and higher margins. You have access to the same factory as Sony.â€
- The list goes on. Andersonâ€™s big point is that the barriers to manufacturing are falling away. In fact, we may all be manufacturers down the road. Consider it the long tail of physical stuff.