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.
One of the most memorable sights from Maker Faire Bay Area last year was watching Petaluma, Calif.-based artist Shawn Thorsson‘s jaw-dropping 8-foot-tall Space Marines towering above the crowd as they worked their way through. Shawn is a master prop builder and was featured on the cover of MAKE Volume 32. […]
For those of you heading to Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend (May 18 & 19), here are some suggestions to enhance your experience. Suggestions include pre-Faire planning, transportation, the Maker Faire app, and more.
For those of you who might have forgotten, let’s go over the rules of Centurion. The object of the game is for every minute, for 100 minutes, drink a shot of beer. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but after completing the challenge you’ll have had 3 liters of beer (or about eight and a […]
We’ve been following the work of [Andrew Holme] and his homebrew GPS receiver for a while now. A few years ago, [Andrew] built a four-channel GPS receiver from scratch, but apparently that wasn’t enough for him. He expanded his build last year to track up to eight satellites, and this month added a Raspberry Pi for […]
How do we make new make new makers? Recent experience shows that when kids are exposed to the context for making, they pretty much handle the job themselves. We just need to get out of the way. The challenge to us adults is, providing that context, and being brave enough to get out of the way. Enter Maker Education Day.
Do you ever wonder why geese always fly together in a V-shape? We’re not asking about the fact that it makes the work load much less for all but the lead goose. We mean how is it that all geese know to form up like this? It’s is the act of flocking, and it’s long […]
David Neevel made one of the best viral videos of 2013, the “Oreo Separator Machine.” It is dry-funny and it stars his whack machine that removes the white [disgusting] faux Oreo cream. He is a maker who knows how to tell a story. He is a copywriter at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland. […]
We’re just a day away from the launch of our 8th annual Maker Faire Bay Area and it’s always so exciting to see the exhibits take shape and the installations roll in. The best thing is that you never know what’s waiting for you around the next turn. It could […]
This year, Maker Faire features more young makers than ever, many of whom have participated in our ever-expanding Young Makers program, now housed in the Maker Education Initiative.