Living through an extended period of lockdown this year forced many of us into becoming DIY “try-ers”, either tackling jobs in the house we would normally avoid or simply trying something new as a way to be creative. For many, this mindset was entirely novel, but for an army of online builders, it was merely an extension of what has already been done previously.
Active before the pandemic, but able to operate through it, the collection of brains behind ‘Digital DIY’ are continually focused on making the latest applications and software packages. From the smart home to novel robotics, these tinkerers and makers, as they are known, are taking advantage of open source software and online communities to solve a whole host of challenges.
The impact of lockdown
There are two main ways in which lockdown has made people more interested in tinkering. First, being stuck at home has led to more free time; instead of going out and socializing or losing time to commuting, people have had more time to themselves, and so able to take on new hobbies or learn new skills. For the technical…