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Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker, tinkerer and co-founder of a startup working on fixing the Internet of Things. He spends much of his time probing current trends in an attempt to determine which technologies are going to define our future.

Latest from Alasdair Allan


Just Add Sharks is fast becoming something of a fixture in the British maker community, mainly because they don't just sell laser cutters, they use them, and they're passionate advocates for what you can do with them. Read more »

The Mirobot

The Mirobot, the brain child of Ben Pirt, brings long buried memories of the Logo Turtle flooding back. It's a Wi-Fi robot designed kit help children learn about technology and programming. Read more »

Spacehack by York Hackspace

Spacehack—built by the team at the York Hack Space—is an amazing, lovingly recreated, version of the co-operative social game Spaceteam, but with more knobs. Read more »


It wouldn't be a British Maker Faire without Daleks, and it wouldn't be a Dalek without the voice. Despite being the Doctor's mortal enemy, the Daleks have earned a soft spot for themselves in British popular culture. Read more »

Elsie the Dragon

This weekend is the high point of the maker year here in Britain with Maker Faire UK running all weekend here in the Life Science Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Read more »

The ISEE-3 spacecraft.

The hackers behind the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project have moved on to a different challenge. Not content with images, this time they want to recover a whole spacecraft. They want to bring the ISEE-3 space probe home to Earth. Read more »


We're now less than a week away from the premier maker event in the UK, the Maker Faire UK which will be held at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne this weekend. Read more »