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products. welcome to "the stream." your company was born out of a bet much what was the wager? >> my background is in design. i was talk to to an architectural design friend and he was saying it's impossible to make affordable american-made furniture out of real materials. everything is outsourced and you can't compete with factory production. i bet you can produce furniture. get it to people. that was cheaper on ikia. we did that, we shared diy media constent. >> where is your company at now? how has it gone for you? >> it's been a lot of fun. still slowly transitioning into a full-time thing, but the feedback from our users has been incredible. so motivating. >> that's great.
>> we have two big sponsors, and it's become an effective means of creating advertising consent. >> ben mentioned an idea of made in america. it feels like there's a wave of this desire to have and buy things made in america. do you feel the maker movement is pushing to a return to strong manufacturing in the u.s. >> we have a lot of things working in that way. the energy costs are cheaper than elsewhere. there are trends like microcontrolers. robots that don't care how complex anything is. you can do short runs. if you tap into a sophisticated supply chain, add in robots or computer numerically controlled machines, you can produce 1 huz or 5,000 in a -- 1,000 are or 5,000 that you could not before.
you can use materials relevant to the lobing aing market and compete with anyone on the planet that way. >> thank you make shop for an amazing workshop for the students. thank you for sending in the photo. we have black swamp: >> still better than what i could do. we have: >> speaking about economies, we have the director. make a fair. offering opportunity for us to see ourselves as consumers. you are the director. what are tangible benefits from the maker movement, that they can provide for small entrepreneurs. >> there are over 100 fairs around the world.
this year we are looking about 140. it gets you connected and other people that can help with you from everything from funding, setting up a business to enabling communities. i see her running film and video from maker fair. it's like - it's a new-fangled fair. lisa mentioned something about nostalgia. this is what it's about. it's coming together. it's sharing. it's celebrating and it's having some fun. there's an optimism that comes from maker fair and making. you can't find that everywhere. so i know through tech shop or what you can make tore do things round to maker spaces. they are actually putting it into the classroom. >> all of
you guys worked successfully. who are some of the makers, and what was behind the thinking? >> we like to say because the tools have gotten easy to use, we can run you through your own personal industrial revolution in 90 days, so take time off, come in, go to a maker space. literally it takes 90 days. >> i might show up. >> then we have over achievers, like patrick saying, "what classes do i need to take to make an ipod case out of bam boo. in 90 days he'd sold a million dollars worth. this was a computer numerically controlled cast. beautiful book binding material from a text tiles class. he did $35 million in year. >> does anyone specially use it.
>> the president of the united states carries a case, jay z. >> give us another one. >> what is else have you got? >> the most successful country is square. the little pier to pier transaction merchant banking system. the cofounder came in, took the milling class, learnt to make the prototops, and they got $10 million in series a and got a $5 billion evaluation, 600 employees. they'll do there 60 billion. >> jack - james' background is a glass blower from st. louis. we live in a day and age where james can go in, take a few class and change merchant banking. my favourite, this came out of a stamford d school. jane and her team came in, after
school was over, and they lost access to the cools and came in and affected the blanketed. there's a polymer pouch in the back. it keeps babies at the proper temperature. it's designed for neo-nates. it had been born two weeks too early. literally hundreds of thousands of babies die annual lip, and the idea is -- annually, and the idea is simply. it keeps a baby warm for four hours. jane chan was named one of the top social entrepreneurs of the year by the world economic forum, and this is on track to save 100,000 babies. >> these are the amazing innovation. here is a comment:
>> check this out. this is a harmless drone. bill, mark and i talked about this metaphor, the wild, wild west of innovation. we are talking about 3d printed guns, people making drones. aren't you concerned about the rogue element here? >> you know, i think with any technology you have the aspect where anything that you can - that people can do without oversight, they'll take it in whatever direction they want. and there are people out there who are making and sharing perhaps for making, you know, making gun parts out of 3d printers. i think that exists. it's probably a real concern at one point. i don't think it represents a majority of the maker movement. to me, it's sort of like - there are always going be people pushing a limit in one direction or another. i don't think it's a reason to be
enterprise. >> the idea about unmanned vehicles you can make, there are a lot of people trying to do good with technology and making baby incubators blankets. i major you came across some people with social aspects for what they are making. >> absolutely. i think on the drone area. the categories that are trending are 3d printers, and what can be done there. wearable. anything from electronics embedded into clothing to sensors, you name it. drones. i think chris henderson with 3d robotics did a great job of going from crisping editor and founder of wired to 3d robotics, and making drones something that are not seen as, you know, terrible things, but actual
tools and technologies that cap help us as we move forward. single board computers, as markus said. >> there's a whole host of things. baby blankets. a woman in detroit. she worked with cart heart to get excess material to make sleeping bag coats for the winter, to, you name it, there's ut. >> it's endless. >> with the rise in innovation that can result, what is the future of america look like. we'll have more on that when we come back. >> weekday mornings on al jazeera america >> we do have breaking news this morning... >> start your day with in depth coverage from around the world. first hand reporting from across the country and real news keeping you up to date. the big stories of the day, from around the world... >> these people need help, this is were the worst
>> welcome back. va we are talking about the rise of do it yourself culture, and what it means for the future of innovation. how do you think it will impact the quality of the products entering the marketplace. will we see a rise in the sophistication of things created operations? >> absolutely. and i would say not only sophistication, but last year there was - the first maker fair, and i have to say there were 35,000 attendees. we saw design taking off front and center. in addition to very cool products, we have cool products that are well designed. i think that we are starting to see a little bit of healthy, you know, competition between countries and maker's fair. coming. >> how do you see the evolution, do it yourself taking place. what's on the horizon? >> i think a couple of things much one is a hobby from most
people that do diy stuff. i think it has the potential to revolutionize, at least in the u.s., revolutionize the way we do technology. it has to be easier. right now in the u.s., at least, it's difficult to find manufacture usering, price competitive with what you can get from china. the other thing is it's daunting to start a business. when you go from the prototype to i have a business and i have 4,000 or a million orders to fulfil, it's a daunting jump because of regulation and complexity and overhead. >> a lot of this may sell out. one viewer says:
>> ben, i want to get you in the conversation. if emerson was alive he may sell pepsi and coke. are you afraid the maker movement may become corporatized. >> no, i'm not. i don't think it's a new thing. when you think of recipes shared for decades, things like the toll-house cooky. it's slapped on to a bag of chocolate chips. i think the companies are starting to realise that this kind of media content is an effect ty way of driving consumption. the big advantage is that it allows consumers to be selective and consien somehows. we we some groups that want control of all the materials.
>> i think of apple, nike, and others, starting in a garage. there must be millions of ideas that never had the avenues to take ideas turn into something. >> we are living in amazing time, i believe in all of whomman history -- human history. it doesn't just impact the diy segment, but also corporations. ford is putting printers on every designer desk. and the reason is they can reiterate three or four times before lunch. at the end they'll reiterate 1,000 times, ending up with a higher quality product. when i saw innovations coming out of the marketing department, the marketing department. we'll be able to create - instead of 1 huz engineers, we'll have 10,000 engineers. we'll have 100,000 people who are not engineers doing amazing things anyway. everything i thought i knew
about innovation and creativity coming out of my n.b.a. did wrong. the risks are lower. access to the markets is lower. the ability to create a product and get it out is lower. the ability to high-quality design is right at the doorstep. >> 3d printing makes it possible for someone who is a ning um poop with tools, like me, or was. i'm following your lead. it makes it possible for us to create things that are actually quite sophisticated, because all we have to do is work on the computer screen with software or . >> it doesn't make it easier, it just changes the tools. >> everybody is so excited about - see how it taps into something in our being. thank you to all our guests. until next time, we'll see you
online at aljazeera.com/ajmstream >> snoo >> more victims of the korean ferry disaster are brought ashore as the death toll continues to climb. >> hello there. welcome to al jazeera. also coming up on the program - survivors of an attack on a u.n. compound in south sudan talk of their terror. >> translation: one man caught up with me and hit me in the head with a machete and left me. i stayed still because i didn't want them to come back and finish