I went to the Maker Faire on Saturday and had a lot of fun!
The first thing that you might notice is that there were tons (TONS!) of 3D printing machines there. I am far from an expert on 3D printing and I think it is great that so many printers are available for consumers. It was cool to compare how they operate with slightly different designs, but there were so many that I started skipping them, rushing to see other things.
You can find coverage all over the internet about head-mounted immersive 3D video game experiences, brain-wave sensing cat ears, and 3d-printed robots. But here is a personal list of what I really liked from the faire this year:
My favorite arduino project was by Cooking Hacks. They have a kit to remotely control your hydroponics, yey!
This piece had a lot of hardware in the shape of the island of Manhattan. It even had the three bridges on the East side! (My photo is taken from the North-East tip.)
Some of the other things that I really liked were the pieces that mixed technology with old-fashioned aesthetics. It was cool to see today’s technology enhancing objects like a wooden karaoke machine, steam-punk teletype and this chiming clock.
There was also a 360-degree screen for playing videos game. I think it would be great if this project gets kids to move around and improve their hand-eye coordination.
I also met some very interesting people there, like this boy who brought his home-made tripod.
And this super serious guy driving his Chibi Mikuvan #3939 (See the Power Racing site for more information about the Power Racing Series.)
And this couple who had a homemade flying drone dressed like Hillary Clinton!
And just for the record, the tacos from Tico Tacos were delicious!