DIY platform Tindie offers gadget makers the chance to display and sell their wares.
Much the way DIY.org gives child “makers” a forum for showing off their homemade creations, so Tindie offers adults something similar. Going beyond just showing off those products, however, Tindie adds the ability to buy and sell those self-made wares. A battery-powered guitar amplifier, a USB pH meter and a robot that plays Angry Birds on an iPad are all among the homemade creations currently listed on Tindie, which aims to let makers buy and sell homemade gadgets, kits and parts. Raspberry Pi, Arduino and 3D printing are all among the technologies represented on the Oregon-based site, which says it has enabled maker revenues of more than USD 800 since late June. There is no fee for listing items for sale, but Tindie deducts 5 percent of the sale price before sending funds to the seller. In this era of increasingly affordable computers and components, it seems a safe bet that DIY creations will be on the rise. Time to help turn the world’s makers into sellsumers with a like-minded effort of your own? Spotted by: Katherine Noyes