Photo - (From left) Chris Kelly, GM, Malaysia Design Center, Intel; Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng; and Per Hammarlund, Intel Fellow, Chief System-on-Chip (SoC) Architect and Next-Generation Processor Chief Architect, Platform Engineering Group, Intel Corporation at the perceptual computing photo- booth.
Semiconductor firm Intel has brought together the first Maker Faire held in Malaysia on the island of Penang together with National Instruments, Penang Science Cluster, Koridor Utara Malaysia, Silterra, and Collaborative Research in Engineering Science and Technology (CREST).
The recently-held Penang Mini Maker Faire (PMMF), which is similar to events created by Maker Media Inc since 2006, included marine tanks capable of regulating and maintaining an ocean-like environment, an 'air piano' and wearable sensors that detect colours for the colour-blind at Intel Malaysia's booth alone.
The events allow 'makers' to show crafts, engineering, science and DIY (do it yourself) projects, said Chris Kelly, general manager of Intel Malaysia's Design Center.
"When the opportunity arose for us to be part of the Penang Mini Maker Faire, we were on board immediately. Driving the Maker Movement through events like this is an extension of our focus on emphasising the importance of education and science education in Malaysian schools and universities," said Kelly.
"The next generation of devices and consumer electronics all have to start from somewhere and we believe that one of these places is at these fairs - they're just waiting to be discovered and put together," said Kelly. "Be it a simple sensor that measures moisture in soil and automatically triggers water sprinklers when it's time to water your plants or a complex smart shirt that that is capable of capturing live heart rate and EKG data. Intel makes it even easier for Makers to turn their creative ideas from thoughts into reality with our Galileo and Edison development boards."
He said Intel has been supporting the Maker Movement around the world to encourage hands-on learning and innovation in different environments especially by the young. "Intel's experience and research demonstrate that students become more engaged and more proficient in STEM subjects when they are learning by doing."
Passion for innovation
"We've witnessed many successful makers in our time, young and old, whose passion for innovating and persistence brought us inventions that make the world a better place," said Kanapathy Murugayah, a platform solution architect at Intel Malaysia, who said he started tinkering from a young age. "At Intel, we have a strong Maker community within our walls and we're excited to meet other Makers and their creations at the Penang Mini Maker Faire."
Earlier this year, Intel Malaysia held the Intel Malaysia Intel Architecture Makers Open Day (IMIMOD), an internal Maker Faire, which allowed the company's own Makers to show off their innovative projects - including solutions that help the impaired, reduce carbon footprint and improvements to enhance work-life wellness at Intel. .
Intel is also part of the organising committee for the Innovate Malaysia Design Competition (IMDC) - a multi-discipline engineering design competition open to all final year undergraduate engineering or computer science students in Malaysia. Intel has also worked with local universities to enhance their existing curricula with the use of the Intel Galileo boards through the Intel Galileo Curriculum Development Workshops.
For more information on the Penang Mini Maker Faire: makerfairepenang.com
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