Maker Spotlight: Per Salkowitsch

This maker spotlight was given us through Maker Faire Rome. You’ll have the ability to find them and many more innovative and exciting makers at Maker Faire Rome: The European Edition on October 18-20 Get your tickets now!


Who are you?

I am a business owner, musician, inventor, biologist and parent, but if people ask me what I do, I normally address that I am an artist. I think that art and science have a strong reciprocity to each other, and I think that just through each other do these 2 faculties gain value. It amuses me endlessly when science captures up and turns fiction into reality.

Where are you located?

I grew up in Norway however I now live in Vienna, Austria. Remaining in the center of the European Union is extremely inspiring, and offers terrific possibilities in numerous ways. In addition to having an amazing range of cultures, Vienna is also a worldwide hub for a lot of organizations and trade.

What is your day job?

I deal with my entrepreneurial job, Individual Robotics Personal Robotics is my childhood dream being recognized. Growing up as a sci-fi buff I always wished to be surrounded by robots and aliens. As science is overtaking sci-fi, I found that it is time to fill the world with effectively remarkable robotics. (I’ll do the aliens later, assure!)

What makerspace/hackerspace/fablab do you go to if any?

I have actually belonged to the Viennese Happylab (http://happylab.at) for several years now, and it has been extremely helpful and inspiring. It lies near my house, so I have actually spent lots of a night there playing and developing things.

What type of things do you make?

Currently it’s mainly robots but I likewise construct loudspeakers, record players and synths and brew beer when I have time (and space).

I am simply finishing up my first Individual Robotics item, which is a robotic biped set constructed out of wood. It is based upon the Raspberry Pi Zero and will be an inexpensive and simple platform for the execution of AI jobs and similar. It will be offered as a set which will be shared as an open source project.

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How did you get going making stuff?

I have actually been making things all my life, primarily out of wanting something special and not having enough money to buy the truly cool stuff that I wanted. I soon realized that the best method to learn something was to explore it by building, thus braking with the confinements of readily available products and services. I am a huge fan of knowledge sharing and open source, which has had a fantastic effect on my individual development as a maker. Also, becoming a member of a fablab certainly opened a door to incredible chances.

Individual Robotics was then begun while I was quite bored working a desktop job for an NGO. As I was viewing “Ghost in the Shell” I understood the capacity of the present progress but likewise that the technical development was not entering the instructions that I preferred, so I chose to begin a robotic business instead.

What is something you’ve made that actually sticks out, that you’re happy of?

I’m primarily happy with whatever I made the last, even if it is simply dinner. Nevertheless, the most perpetual sensation of pride is offered to me by my children.

What do you have on your horizon?

Getting Individual Robotics off the ground and making actually cool robotics a home item for everybody.

What is something you wish to deal with however haven’t yet?

Space travel.

Any recommendations for individuals reading this?

Stop thinking so damn small!

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