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Cast of Characters
Cast of Characters
Photography, Video, Robotics, Gadget making, Economics, etc.
A hackspace is necessary to tackle a mixed reality project. There are just too many unknown unknowns to try to go it alone. Fortunately for me, I had Cambridge Hackspace -- a cross between a hacker study hall, a workshop, and a local pub. Fortunately for all of us, there are now hundreds of these places around the world.
Ingo Lohs is a self-effacing, almost mysterious, presence on Hackster.io. All he says in his bio: "I am well over 40 years and come from the middle of Germany. You can contact me also in German."
I wasn't looking for bargains when I started searching for artists on Fiverr, "the marketplace for creative and digital services for entrepreneurs and small businesses." Even though the starting price does hover around $5. I just wanted something fast, convenient, and relatively frictionless. I wanted to get this process going. After a brisk search over lunch, I went with Adanguevara, a "Visual Artist / Architecture / Photographer" from Venezuela.
One benefit of banging around the maker message boards and community sites: you come across people you start to recognize as sharing your interests. That was the case with Gustavo Gonnet. It was clear that he liked to trigger things with smart phones, expand networks in unpredictable ways, control things from the Internet.
Evan Rust describes himself as "an 18 year-old IoT and embedded systems enthusiast." He's also one of the most prolific contributors to Hackster.io. So prolific that they've officially made him an intern. He contributes remotely from his home in rural Iowa. At last count Evan had 87 projects live on the site. But Evan also likes his privacy. You are much more likely to see one of his cats, above, than he, himself, mugging for the camera.
Jack Greenfield, who was the tech guy at Fab@CIC for about a year, was responsible for upping the gumball machine to a new level. These days, Jack is managing 3D printing operations at Northeastern, and still consulting on the gumball machine.