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Livestreaming Maker Apps

The New 'Darby Smart' App Livestreams Tutorials to the Maker Community

— July 13, 2016 — Tech
Part of the impetus behind the growth of the maker community is that digital experience distances people from the items they use every day. With sites like Amazon and eBay, all it takes is the click of a button to get, for example, a chair, whereas in days of yore that might have required literally building it oneself. Rather than shying away from technology, though, 'Darby Smart,' an online maker community hub, has embraced it with livestreaming.

Darby Smart's new app allows DIY experts to livestream the process for whatever it is they create. The app takes all the benefits of a YouTube tutorial, but makes it two-directional, so that a maker can respond to questions and comments from viewers in real time.

Livestreaming technology allows the olden days ethos of maker culture to be improved by the technology of the 21st century.
Trend Themes
1. Livestreaming Maker Tutorials - The trend for live-building tutorials allows makers to have real-time interaction with their audience and produce engaging content.
2. Online Maker Communities - Digital hubs that bring together makers from around the world allow for the sharing of tips, tricks and expertise among DIY enthusiasts.
3. Blending Traditional and Digital Methods - Merging old-world craftsmanship with modern technology can elevate the maker experience and result in exciting innovations.
Industry Implications
1. E-commerce - Online marketplaces could benefit from integrating livestream tutorials, similar to how Darby Smart's app gives DIY experts a platform to teach and build their brand.
2. Edtech - Educational institutions can utilize livestreaming technology to facilitate hands-on learning and create a more interactive learning experience.
3. Maker Products - Livestreaming technology can benefit makers of all kinds of items, from handmade crafts to high-tech gadgets, by increasing audience engagement and demonstrating the value of a maker's work.
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