How the maker movement helps turn ideas into businesses

How the maker movement helps turn ideas into businesses

On any given day, Mark “Trunk” Kirschenbaum can be found jumping out planes with his GoPro to capture his moments in the sky. But he faced a challenge: Although he would reach up and press the camera’s record button, Kirschenbaum didn’t really know if the camera was “on” until he landed. His solution was Turned On, the visual status indicator for GoPro cameras. Despite the founder of Chandler-based HYPOXIC being an electronics designer and having developed high-tech gear for the extreme athlete since 2006, he needed help learning industrial design skills to bring his creation to fruition. He turned to makerspace HeatSync Labs, where he learned about 3D printing to build his prototype. Located in downtown Mesa, HeatSync is a community-driven, nonprofit shop and workspace where engineers, artists, students and hobbyists come to make prototypes, art and other creative projects. – more at bizjournals.com

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