早兩日,看完林鄭的施政報告,她說她會大力搞創新科技和創意產業. 我想動機是好的, 為香港下一代發展,除了地產和金融外的另類產業.
而現時的小朋友興買整個的公仔返去玩, 玩Lego,或切模型的並不太多.而且,現在大學培養出來的Engineer,他們的Training多數都是理論為主,落手落腳即(Hand-on)去做一個Project的機會很少. 那麼,他們又怎可做到實物的Prototype去Demo給人看呢? 只是吹吹水,就可以.
十多年前理工大學搞過一輛電動車,可是,政府沒有發牌給它在馬路上行.結果,整間公司就賣了給美國人. 而科學園那個由港人設計和製做的,用Robot Arm沖咖啡的機,好像長期都不開的. 連政府和科學園都是這樣,又怎可期望有什麼科技發展到出來?
一切都由教育開始,美國那邊已開始將Maker Education融入教育內,而且在數年間,民間出了很多這方面的書,而Maker Space, Fab Lab, Hacker Space, Tech Shop等印育科技的地方,在數年間在美國已開了數十間,中國內地都開了十多間,台灣那邊都有十多間,全球已發展出百多間出來. 而香港,只得1至2間.
Fab Labs in the world
The 2nd Hong Kong Mini Maker Fair was held in August at HKPolyU. This is the second time I visited HK Maker fair. I found that many new makers took part in this year maker fair. Some makers who had showed his creation last year, joined this year event again. Robot, different brand of 3D Printer, Arduino controlled LED strip, DIY segway, Floating platform with plant, Pseudo-Google glass, DIY Radio, Paper Gundam….etc many new creations appeared in the fair.
It was quite encouraging to see many local makers to bring their creations to the fair. Some of them are very high standard and may be put into mass production in the coming future. As what Chris Anderson said in his book called Maker, Makers can make thing from his / her interest first. After making a prototype which prove to be successful, they can make few of them to their community. If the demand is great, they can consider mass production and sell it online to the world. The business model is quite unconventional but it may be a new trend of the 3rd industrial revolution created by the personal fabrication tools such as 3D printer, DIY CNC Machine, Low cost laser cut and Low cost 3D scanner.
Personal fabrication will be a new trend in the near future as same as the personal computer spreading to the world in the 80’s, 90’s. The coming revolution will be from personal computers to personal fabrication. The price of the fabrication tools will be cheaper and the quality of them will become higher. Production will happen in your home or a production shop near your region. You can send a 3d file to your home-based 3d printer or a online production shop, after several days, you will receive the finished product by mail. This is happening now. Hong Kong seems to lay behind in this area.