by MadLab’s Jo Slack
TODAY, MadLab opens the doors to Inventory, a shop filled to the brim with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, MaKey MaKeys and all things digital/electronic. It’s the first of its kind and a haven to all the geeks, coders and hackers out there, or just for those looking for something a little bit different this Christmas. The shop, situated on the corner of Edge Street and Oak Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, aims to be a unique retail space that encourages the public to experiment with electronic kits, learn new skills and have fun!
Funded by the High Street Innovation Fund, Inventory will be run entirely by MadLab volunteers with all the profits feeding back in to the organisation. Our aim is to expand MadLab’s world and get the people of Manchester experimenting with electronic goods. This isn’t just a shop for MadLab’s trusted geek population, it’s for everyone that’s looking for an alternative to the big brand gadget shops out there. At MadLab we’re all about getting your hands dirty, bringing people together and exploring all the digital world can offer.
Inventory will stock a range of goods from hard-trusted Arduino Starter kits to build-your-own Glowing House sets. As we’re committed to giving back to the local community, much of our stock is designed and created by local residents or designed by members of our community groups. We want Inventory to be a unique space in Manchester that has community interests at its core, inspiring people to get involved and look towards the future of technology.
Banana piano made with a MaKey MaKey kit, available for purchase at Inventory
Trip Glasses which are available for purchase at Inventory. Glasses that project an LED pattern on to your eyelids to induce a meditative state
Inventory opens its doors on Friday 6th December at 10am and will be open Monday-Friday 11am-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 11am-7pm.
Inventory is at 7 Oak Street M4 5JD