Maker tools are simplifying coding languages or creating ‘good enough’ shortcuts helping creators improve the features and functionality of their products to widen their appeal.

Some condiments really make everything taste better. Pink Himalayan salt. Chocolate sprinkles. Or, say, ketchup. And as we careen ever further into the era of the Internet of Everything, we could say interactivity is the new ketchup.

Appliances, apparel and just about every other kind of consumer product are adding features to incorporate user-generated data into their operations, making life among our constellation of belongings much more like the experience of being online.

Adding this kind of digital functionality to everyday objects might be thought of as the exclusive domain of developers and coders, but the maker movement is all about democratizing the means of production and as DIYers flood the market with new, innovative products, a corresponding flood of tools and resources now help the analog-inclined get into the digital game.

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