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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.

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Top view of the new Arduino Zero

Hinted at yesterday by Massimo Banzi during his keynote speech at MakerCon yesterday, Arduino has just officially announced their latest board—the Arduino Zero. Read more »

Welcome to the (Maker) Faire!

That's a wrap for Maker Faire UK for this year, the fifth here at the Life Science Centre in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Growing from just 30 makers to 350 in just five years, this year's faire was the biggest, and loudest, yet. Read more »

Dave Green talking about the Cinehack project

The Cinehack project is all about the stuff they won't teach you at film school. Like a lot of maker projects Cinehack was born through necessity, if you can't afford to rent the right equipment, then you'll have to build it. Read more »


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 »