Digital Planet

Digital Planet

Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 March 2009, 10:32 GMT

The weekly technology programme from BBC World Service presented by Gareth Mitchell, with studio expert Bill Thompson.

This week we have a special edition of Digital Planet that was produced in association with the Open University, exploring the world of Digital DIY.

Digital Planet on the Open University

DIY fonts

London-based font designer, Jonathan Barnbrook, shows Gareth how to create his own typeface on the web.

Could your handwriting become the next Times New Roman or Comic Sans?

Your Fonts – Make your own font
Jonathan Barnbrook - Virus Fonts
Open University Font maker

Maker Faire

Reporter Angela Saini visits the Maker Faire in Newcastle, organised by MAKE magazine. It has organised four events like this in the US since 2006, but this is the first in the UK.

Scientists, hackers, crafters and general DIY enthusiasts show off their latest technologies.

Inventor, Jimmie Rodgers, explains why the Arduino circuit board is so popular amongst people who want to build their own hardware.

And we meet the creator of a life-size, fire-breathing mechanical horse.

Maker Faire 2009
Jimmie Rodgers – Circuit bending
Robo Challenge
LED Throwies
Sarah Angliss – Spacedog UK


Photos are taking on a new dimension.

Josh Edwards from Microsoft Live Labs talks to Gareth about the website that reconstructs scenes using individual photographs.

Photosynth’s software can stitch together different sets of holiday pictures by a group of friends into one three-dimensional image.


Other Digital Planet Links

Facebook – Digital Planet listeners

Orkut – Search for ‘BBC Digital Planet community’

The Bill Blog – Studio expert Bill Thompson

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