The PiKon telescope is an astro-cam which uses 3-D printed components and a Raspberry Pi camera to capture images. It was designed to show makers, citizen scientists and home enthusiasts just what could be done on a budget with these affordable, disruptive technologies.
Initially designed as a technology demonstrator, the PiKon quickly gathered a large social media following and was successfully crowd funded as a kit of parts. Components are now available from an on-line shop. Over 100 PiKons have been sold and a worldwide community has developed which contributes images and additions to the design. Platforms such as Thingieverse.com and Instructables.com are used to share open hardware designs.
This talk plots the progress of the PiKon with the emphasis on disruptive technology and the impact of open source information. "Once a physicist, always a physicist" - Mark Wrigley graduated in physics at the University of Leeds in 1975 in the days when ‘coding’ was done on punch cards and pocket calculators were an expensive luxury. Best described as a ‘digital disruptor’, he has embraced disruptive technological change, being part of the team who delivered the first digital mobile phone and later managed infrastructure products that added data to mobile phone networks. He’s keen to show how a degree in physics can future proof graduates in careers where disruptive change will be a certainty. He is also an Institute of Physics Council Member.