Biosphere 2 Design CharretteAugust 4 2014
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The design meeting at Biosphere 2 was inspiring. Rafe and the group had a number of interesting ideas about what to include and/or test. My suggestion, obviously, was very OpenROV and maker movement centric: they should create a makerspace in or near Biosphere 2 that would allow makers/scientists to develop and test new environmental tools and sensors.
This suggestion was in response to the growing number of "citizen science and exploration" tools I see cropping up at Maker Faires and on Kickstarter. Each one of these could benefit from a sped-up development cycle of prototyping -> field testing -> prototyping -> field testing. Biosphere 2 - with their diverse and controllable habitats - would truly be a one of a knd facility for developing these types of tools.