MakerEd superstar Jaymes Dec posed an interesting question, “What does an AI augmented makerspace look, sound, or feel like?”
Here is some of my brainstorming.
The Makerspace AI monitors the environmental conditions including airborne particulates, sound levels and machines in operation and recommends or enforces use of personal protection equipment such as safety glasses, ear protection or respirator. (Nest Smoke Alrm https://nest.com/smoke-co-alarm/overview/) IR temperature sensors detect soldering irons and hot glue guns left on, fire in laser cutter, over/under temp in 3D printer, blade/bit over temp in cutting tools.
The Makerspace AI communicates through audio, visual and AR embedded in safety glasses and ear protection. (Hologarage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5HV3fcTvZk0)
The Makerspace AI can project visual information on any surface on the Makerspace and project audio in focused areas through ceiling mounted projectors and sound panels. ( AR sandbox https://arsandbox.ucdavis.edu/ and Audio Spotlight https://www.holosonics.com/.)
The Makerspace AI recognizes individual users and knows machines that users are qualified to use. The Makerspace AI has individual control over every powered device in the Makerspace including hand tools and can disable access to unqualified users. (Milwaukee One-Key https://milwaukeetool.com/OneKey) The Makerspace AI provides Just In Time training through audio, video and AR on the specific machine user needs with specific materials user wants to use. The Makerspace AI notifies a Makerspace Facilitator when user is ready for hands-on demonstration of skills. Safety usage is monitored and retraining required when necessary.
The Makerspace AI recommends or enforces specific tools settings & bit/blade combinations for specific materials and applications. Recommends alternative materials or tools based on database of available Makerspace resources. The Makerspace AI estimates and records ongoing project costs based on cost of material used, machine/tool use and consumables. (Amazon Go https://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=16008589011) Makerspace Facilitator is notified if assistance is needed changing bit/blade or to authorize use/cost outside of approved parameters. (Ie. Project limit is $20 of materials.)
The Makerspace AI records, collects and curate project information and files. Assembled a project timeline including video/audio of brainstorming among users, design iterations and prototypes. Records project materials list and project instructions. (Auto-generated Instructable and project documentary.)
The Makerspace AI converts verbal descriptions, drawings and physical prototypes into 3D models in AR. Users can modify design using AR or traditional design tools. The Makerspace AI can render the model in any material or construction method available in the Makerspace. The Makerspace AI can apply algorithmic design to create multiple variations of user design. “Show me 10 variations of this design that can be created in the Makerspace from plywood using the laser cutter.” Designs can be optimized for strength, cost, material usage or complexity. Users can create custom design algorithms. (See http://code.algorithmicdesign.net/)
The Makerspace AI assists users in programming wireless electronics modules through natural language interface. “When I press this button, this LED turns on. This LED colors corresponds to this temperature sensor. When this pressure sensor is activated this motor is triggered for 3 seconds.” The Makerspace AI shows code for program in block code and appropriate programming language. (See https://samlabs.com/) The Makerspace AI converts project into a circuit design shown in AR space with other project design elements. The Makerspace AI creates CNC circuit board design that fits user project. User can cut custom circuit board and then follow Makerspace AI instructions to create final version of their prototypes design. (See https://www.tinkercad.com/circuits)
The Makerspace AI assists with cleaning (Robot Vacuums https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2498130,00.asp), maintenance (tracking servicing intervals, monitoring cutting/printing quality) and ordering (monitoring stock levels).
What are your thoughts on the future of AI augmented makerspaces? Leave ideas or links to existing technologies that would enable a makerspace AI in the comments.