There are two reasons why these are such insanely exciting times for makers.

First, there are some very, very smart people designing manufacturing technology that give us all the potential to design and make machines of fabulous complexity.

Second, and possibly even more importantly, there is an extraordinary spirit of openness and generosity about the makers and shapers of the open source hardware movement.

So we thought we’d celebrate some of our own machine age heroes- the people and organisations changing the future for all of us in the UK and beyond.

Anyone you think we should add to the list? Then tweet us at: @machineagehero. We’d love to hear from you.

Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks

Rodney Brooks with Baxter Robot – http://mahlabmedia.com.au/a-sneak-peek-engineers-australia-new-magazine/ Rodney Brooks in an Australian Roboticist, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and is the founder of the company Rethink Robotics. Rethink Robotics are the maker of a 3-foot tall, two armed industrial robot with an animated face called Baxter. Rodney Brooks is one of our Machine

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Dennis Hong

Dennis Hong

Dennis Hong is one of our Machine Age Hero’s because his car for blind drivers is such an ingenious idea. It hopefully will enable the blind to rely less on others empowering them as it is not an autonomous car, but a car that allows the user to really take charge and make decisions for

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Mohammed Reza Arab Esmaeili

Mohammed Reza Arab Esmaeili

Mohammed Reza Arab Esmaeili often works with university students as apprentices, and has an enormous room in a school that is dedicated to his devices that he had built over the years. He is one of our Machine Age Hero’s because he has a vision to use devices and equipment that another people would throw away. By up-cycling

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