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Why ‘maker’ tech will make every home a factory

Will we one day plug together our gadgets like Lego? It’s one way ‘maker’ culture today could transform our lives tomorrow, says MIT Media Lab’s Joi Ito.

We’ve been told for some time that the future of manufacturing might be in our homes. But the promised era of 3D printing only scratches the surface.

The ‘maker’ movement is a hi-tech extension of DIY culture, putting the power to create new hardware into the hands of everyone – allowing us to create objects like we used to build things with Lego bricks as children. And it could revolutionise the way products are made and distributed, says Joi Ito, head of the MIT Media Lab.

Could the humble home become a hi-tech factory? 

Joi Ito spoke to BBC Future at SXSW Interactive in Austin Texas.

Footage courtesty: MIT Media Lab