Mobiles help us talk about miniaturisation – and material consequences. We delved into the topic of “critical raw materials”, learning about recycling rates, and need to slow our consumption. Then we changed mobile batteries
The universe of Tim Hunkin is one of whirring gears, flashing lights and strange characters: but underneath the fun and frivolity is an in-depth examination of the history of society’s relationship with technology.
Our first repair session – and the students were super excited to learn and show their skills in disassembly. Archer Academy’s IT Manager Khalid provided laptops with broken screens. We started with laptop fundamentals.
From Citizen Science projects to community-run operating systems, we examine how we can have more of a say in how to keep ourselves safe.
Janet and Neil are joined by Jim Boulton, ‘digital archaeologist’ and curator of the exhibition 64 Bits, a project that chronicles the history of the World Wide Web.
Reading anything interesting at the moment? We want your recommendations for our summer reading list!
We talk to Tad Vaas from T-Fix, a repair centre in South London that mixes corporate and consumer repairs with a very interesting twist.
Today we talk to Lou and Ed from design studio Friche about what the world of electronics can learn from the world of urban food growing.
We are publishing findings of a research project with Nottingham Trent University to find out more about participants to Restart Parties
Today we talk to David Li, founder of Open Innovation Lab, about maker culture in the city of Shenzhen: home to more than 4000 design firms.
We are seeing hints that electronics repair is spreading and proliferating in both primary and secondary school, in Europe and North America.
Consumer organisation Test-Achats in Belgium uses crowdsourcing to identify ‘hot-spots’ of consumer frustration and investigate the gadgets that keep breaking.
We were encouraged to stress organisation, preparation and mindful disassembly with year 10 students at Archer Academy in London. Our game controller disassembly and reassembly session worked really well.
A visit to Stratford Computer Fair reveals that face-to-face electronic repair and sales are not yet things of the past.
Today we head to the US, where a group of high-school students and teachers talk to us about an exciting project that began as a pop-up stall in a library.
Those who make it behind the Genius Bar are under legal obligation to not disclose information about Apple. Today we investigate the tech giant’s attitude to repair with the help of some anonymous ex-Geniuses and online forum Reddit.
In our third session with Archer Academy students, we finally got hands-on with gadgets. But not before we took a couple moments to talk about safety.
On the 14th of March, International ‘Pi Day’, Ugo is joined by Restart volunteer Ben Skidmore and Eben Upton, creator of the Raspberry Pi: a tiny and affordable computer that can be used to teach programming to children and adults, and gives new life to old hardware.
How often do we connect our own predicament with those across the world? In Session 2 of our pilot enrichment project at Archer Academy, we tried to associate the stress we feel in our consumerist, status-focused society with that transferred to workers.
Coming soon to Restart Radio: the view from Shenzhen on the future of electronics with David Li, director of Shenzhen Open Innovation Lab.