When Limerickman David Hunt announced his latest DIY project on his blog in the last week of April he was hardly expecting the response that followed. His YouTube video racked up nearly half a million views and he was subsequently interviewed by Sky News.
The project is PiPhone, a smartphone based on a Raspberry Pi, the low cost credit-card sized computer popular with electronics hobbyists. And the general public will get a chance to see the gadget up close, as well as hear the story behind it, when Hunt presents at 3Dcamp on May 17th.
“We’re running a parallel event with CoderDojo Limerick again this year”, said James Corbett, one of the organizers, “so it’s great to have David inspiring them with the possibilities of hobbyist engineering”
This is the 7th year of 3Dcamp which again takes place at the University of Limerick. The one day event is an informal conference focusing on the interactions between the digital and the physical worlds.
“The keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Edmond Harty, CEO of Dairymaster and Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the year 2012”, says organizer Gabriela Avram. “Edmond is an engineer, inventor and highly successful business man who will share the lessons of innovating at a world leading dairy manufacturer”.
3Dcamp will be hosted in the Computer Science and Information Systems building of the UL campus. Including a mix of talks and workshops, the event is one of the longer lasting ‘barcamps’ in Ireland, styled after the informal Silicon Valley format.
“We’ve a really strong mix of talks and demos this year”, says James Corbett. “As well as presentations on Bitcoin, brain sensing and the Internet of Things, we’ll have demos of Google Glass and the Oculus Rift.”
The 3Dcamp is free to attend, but requires registration. For more information see 3Dcamp.barcamp.ie.