Hintsights at Mini Maker Faire in Brighton

There has been a lot of movement this summer at Hintsights HQ and a lot of it had to do with our appearance at the Mini Maker Faire in Brighton last week.

For those who are not familiar with it, the Faire is a one day “interactive festival of creativity and invention”. This year’s event was hosted at the Corn Exchange in Brighton. Over 7000 visitors came to the venue to see projects ranging from robotics, electronic hobbyists, paper crafts, knitting amongst many others. We were thrilled to be part of this year’s Faire, and the experience is something I highly recommend to anyone involved in “making stuff” of whatever kind.

It is customary to praise organisers of such events, but beyond convention I have nothing but nice things to say about the experience. The work of those involved putting the event together was phenomenal. Everything was taken care of with huge attention to detail, from location, electrical needs, food and drinks and the promotion and marketing of the event. All to benefit individuals who are passionate about making, and want to get the word out about what they do. An effort by the Faire team that deserves to be recognised and rewarded.

Setting up at the Faire

The reception our work had from the public was incredible, from people who simply just love the way Pip, our displays, look. Others who love the idea behind it, and want to repurpose it for their own needs. Some highlights included a chat with a farm shop owner who wanted to get a device to display messages to their customers, a similar reaction from a state agent. A boy (around 9 years I would say) who wanted one to keep in his bedroom and keep in touch with his Facebook friends, and use it as a high score board, a suggestion also made by Andy Piper. I was also very pleased to discover how kids specially small children (0-6) seem to be mesmerised by the display and brought in their design conscious parents who eagerly wanted to know more about it and how they could buy one.

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Now for the good news, we have been collaborating with the hugely talented and innovative team at Universal Air Ltd with whom we’ve discovered we have similar interests and complementary skills. We have decided to join our expertise in data, analytics and design with their hardware design experience to bring Pip to market. We are already working together iterating through hardware design prototypes for Pip. Our current target is to have devices ready to start selling this christmas. If you want to pre-order or have any other questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me via gonzalo [at] hintsights.com I will keep posting updates on progress on this blog.

I hope to be able to repeat the experience at the Faire next year, it was great!