I popped along to this while I was in town on Sunday. Had a brief chat to a few people and made myself famous on Twitter
It's an interesting idea to utilise library spaces. I got the impression that part of the idea was a little more akin to a startup incubator than necessarily a hackspace (but I'm sure both can co-exist). It seems they're hoping to fund it through attracting people who want to make money (e.g. selling kits) and taking a cut of the profits towards the library. It will be interesting to see how it pans out in Northampton and around the country.
There was a stall with some kind of kits (I wasn't paying as much attention as I should have been, maybe these ones
), a book publishing firm (@SoapboxPress
), the Stony Reminiscence Group
, and a table with some Lego Mindstorms on. While I was there one chap was interested in starting a workshop (again, can't remember what - my mind is frazzled today, headache/sore throat) and one of the library staff showed me an old style telephone you could dial up a radio station on. Usual engineer question - so how does it work? It had an Arduino running an FM receiver stuffed inside the casing in the usual Arduino hack manner - wires everywhere.
I stopped short of taking a #shelfie
I was hoping to make it down to the MK makerspace meet on Thursday but I have other plans now. Would be interested in hearing back from anyone who does go (or indeed Paul) and I'll try to make the next one.