I was browsing the technology section of Half Price Books in Seattle and I found Neil Gershenfeld’s book “FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication.” I was unaware that he had written a book on the subject and I am reading through it currently.
Neil is what initially inspired me to start researching a maker shop. I first learned about what he was doing from his TED talk in Feburary of 2006. Neil is the driving force behind what is called a “Fab Lab” that is, one version of a maker shop. Wikipedia’s article has some great information on Fab Labs as well as some links to some of the places around the world that currently have Fab Labs. There is a also a great Fab Lab Blog that is chronicling what is going on in the Fab Lab community.