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.