EnVision Workshop

EnVision Workshop

Mission Statement

Research often means trying to do things that have not been done before. This can mean there is a need for innovative and accessible solutions to unique problems. One aspect of this is having the knowledge and ability to devise unique solutions for oneself and the confidence to know that these solutions are accessible and achievable. Having the ability to interact with hardware like cameras, electronics and motors and having some level of programming experience with software that is approachable and versatile such as Processing or Matlab, offers powerful tools from which to explore the world and to create unique solutions to novel challenges.

Authors such as Chris Anderson have suggested that we are currently in the midst of the Third Industrial Revolution. The First Industrial Revolution (~1770) was the start of mechanization initiated by the invention of the spinning jenny and the steam engine. This initiated mechanization that entirely transformed the way people lived. The Second Industrial Revolution (~1850) was the advent factories and production lines. That enabled mass production on a scale not possible before. The Third Industrial Revolution is a spin-off from the digital information age which inspired personal computing and the internet. However, relatively few individuals have had the knowledge and capabilities to fully exploit that for commercial gain. More recently the digital information age has been transforming our relationship with tangible, practical every-day objects, thereby facilitating personal fabrication. The digital age has most recently inspired the development of low cost microcontrollers such as Arduino and Beagle Bone, low cost micro-computers such as the Raspberry PI, low cost personal, desk-top, fabrication devices such as 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers and free, open-source software for programming and 3D computer aided design. The ready-availability of these resources means that now everybody can become a Maker. So, jump onboard for the ride of your life and welcome to the The Maker Revolution!

The resources assembled on this web site provide a foundation for fun, instructive and innovative self-learning. The hands-on workshops offered provide fun, hands-on, interactive opportunities to learn, implement and to be inspired.

Schedule a Workshop

If you would like to schedule a workshop at a time and place of your choosing, please contact Adrian Glasser.
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Past Workshops

LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India
Instructors:Adrian Glasser, PhD and Shrikant Bharadwaj, PhD
Feburary 2 - 6, 2015
16 participants

Abbott Medical Optics, Santa Ana, CA
Instructor: Adrian Glasser, PhD
August 13, 2015
45 participants

School of Optometry, UNSW, Sydney, Australia
Instructor: Adrian Glasser, PhD
February 16, 2017
8 postgraduate students