TechBandits!

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Hello, I’m David Hewlett and Welcome to the official online site for The Tech Bandits….yaaaaay!

Having played a genius or two on television I thought it would be fun to share my life long love of learning and curiosity, in a bid to help inspire the next generation of brilliant minds. We started with a weekly makerspace/breakerspace in the corridors and library of our local public school. Then, when strike action made that impossible, we moved our maker madness to my family’s home where we feasted on fields of pizza while continuing to perform our tech autopsies and tinkering …and now we’re sharing our discussions and experiments with the world. Every session, I come prepared (or not!) with a list of Technology or related inspirations that have caught my eye…the topics often relate to my own passion for assistive tech, an area of interest that really resonates with kids looking to change the world and their perspective on it…but our sessions are entirely driven by freeform discussions. The TechBandits and I delve into a wide and diverse collection of interests and topics…online safety, mental and physical health, the global climate emergency, race and bias, systemic racism, LGBTQ2S+ rights. Gaming, business and entrepreneurialism, acting, writing, directing, VFX and Make-up FX, 3d printing, CNC machining, Biohacking, computer hacking & programming, cryptocurrencies, NFTs and the blockchain, AI, big data and, of course, robots…lots and lots of robots!

Whether you’re a kid (generally around 10-16 years of age if they want to join) or a kid at heart, come and join our chaotic TechBanditry adventures in Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Mathematics, inspirations!

Tech Banditry now LIVE ON TWITCH!

In a bid to open up our local TechBandits sessions to a wider and more diverse group of kids, we’ve started holding live streamed sessions over on our TWITCH streaming channel… and I gotta say it’s a glorious!
Join us for random Science Technology Engineering Arts and Maths adventures… now featuring TinyCam and SquirrelCam!
The TechBandits on TWITCH

David Hewlett and his EZ Robotlett, Marvin…fuelling up for another Tech Bandits club meeting!

Here be robots! 

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Robotic Kitchen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LqqcDL99UA Robotic Kitchen by MIT students who were looking for cheap grub and no clean-up! Interesting example of how technology can bring down the price of food prep. What other ways can food be made more affordable and accessible to more people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhbB2i6dtJk
Rats playing “Doom II”
You're not the only one playing VR… neuroengineer Viktor Tóth taught his rats to do it…and he's even thinking of starting a Twitch Gameplay channel for them! https://youtu.be/qMNxkQXwykA And here's the article on https://futurism that goes in to all the roedenty details.
AI humanoid robotics and GPT-3
This is a really cool piece about the current state of humanoid robotics and AI (the section on GPT-3 AI really blew me away) by Youtube channel ColdFusion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpnnD_0IlbE
NASA showing off by printing artificial organs in space
Technology Review article on NASA's tests to print human organs…but in space!  I have a hard enough time trying to get a Thingiverse model printed at the right scale and NASA's doing this! https://www.technologyreview.com/2021/06/18/1026556/nasa-bioprinting-artificial-organs-space/

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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
― Socrates