Come one, come all. The original Maker Faire Bigtop has thrown open its flaps! Cue up the circuit-bent marching bands, switch on the robo-clowns, rev up the art cars. It’s time for Maker Faire!
A host of hopeful startups will be in evidence today the Bay Area Maker Faire. The fair's list of sponsors includes a startup category. Maker Faire is a chance for many of these companies to show their products to an appreciative audience. The relationship goes deep; the companies were started by people who identify themselves as makers. Being part of Maker Faire is sort of like a family graduation day party. There is even a dedicated startup area at Maker Faire. Here is a sampling of small innovative startups have timed the release of significant news with Maker Faire.
Google Glass is a year or so out, and even after that we’re still looking at about five years until we’re all upgraded at the behest of our robotic overlords. [justurn] simply can’t wait, so he decided to submit to the cybermen early with his Android-controlled wristwatch attached with dermal implants. [justurn]‘s got the inspiration […]
With high-speed cameras you’re able to see bullets passing through objects, explosions in process, and other high-speed phenomenon. Rarely, though, are you able to see what happens when light shines on an object without hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment. A group of researchers at The University of British Columbia are doing just […]
It's Maker Faire weekend! Check out this round-up of some of the kid-friendly performances, exhibits, and activities taking place Saturday and Sunday at the San Mateo Event Center.
The team at North Street Labs really went all out with this Tic-Tack-Toe stomp box. At its most basic it’s a blinky version of the simple two-player game. But there’s always some added appeal when you make large manifestations of normally small items; the 10x Arduino is a good example of this. The project is NSL’s […]
The production crew at MAKE has been preparing all week. Sets and stages have been built. Communications and power have been put in place. Finally, everything is ready to go. It's set-up day. This morning, the gates opened for makers and sponsors to check in and set-up their exhibits. The grounds are filled with sounds of tools, forklifts, and the occasionally noise of Arc Attack performing a sound check. The last event of the day was the paella dinner for makers, the traditional Maker Faire eve feast/party. Tomorrow: It's showtime!
Andrew "bunnie" Huang backed Formlabs' 2012 Kickstarter for the Form 1 liquid resin (SLA) printer and just scored a pre-release beta unit through his connect with Neoteny Labs.vAnd, naturally, the first thing he did was tear it apart.
The fine folks of the Fun Bike Unicorn Club (FBUC) are hosting the second annual Death Defying Figure 8 Races this weekend, May 18 and 19, at Maker Faire Bay Area. One look at a handful of the pedal cars that will be racing this weekend, and it’s clear the […]
Outside, you could hear the thwack of hammers and the beeps of trucks backing up. Maker Faire was coming together on the Friday before opening. But inside this classroom, a very serious group of 32 were intensely focused on the process of making a makerspace. The workshop had attracted activists […]
After seeing a Game Boy emulator for the first time, [Thijs] was amazed. A small box with just a handful of electronics that turns a Game Boy cartridge into a file able to be run on an emulator is simply magical. [Thijs] has learned a lot about GB and GBC cartridges in the mean time, […]
At Maker Faire Bay Area the crew from Kinetic Steam Works are hard at work on turning the power of steam into the power of the pen.
Space Palette is a fun instrument that combines visual and musical outputs. It works by waving your hands inside the holes of a wooden frame that looks a bit like an Atomic Age television screen of some sort. Depending on the location and depth of your hand, different sounds and projected swirling and multicolored visuals are generated.
Kent Barnes has filled a pouch with nifty tools
Take a look at just a handful of the fantastic vehicular powerhouses that will be roaming around San Mateo this weekend.
This single digit display is an old edge-lit module that [Ty_Eeberfest] has been working with. The modules were built for General Radio Company and have a really huge PCB to control just one digit. [Ty's] modules didn’t come with that driver board, so he was left with the task of controlling an incandescent bulb for […]
This year Arduino is launching their robotics platform, and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one a little early.
I sat down with a group of kids, some of whom joined me on for Maker Faire's Education Day and asked, “What’s so great about Maker Faire?” Here’s what they told me.
Here’s an Android powered pen plotter that does it all. It was built by [Ytai Ben-Tsvi] to take with him to Maker Faire. He’s the creator of IOIO, a hardware interface module designed to communicate with an Android device via USB (host or OTG are both supported). The physical hardware is simple enough. He draws […]
Very soon, it's going to be a lot easier to find great projects, materials, and tools for prospective makers to build with and use to expand their skills. This week, just in time for Maker Faire Bay Area, Radio Shack and Maker Media announced a major expansion of their partnership.