This weekend we're visiting the Maker Faire
at the San Mateo Fairgrounds, the end-all be-all event for DIY hacks,
homebrew gadgets, and other oddities and phenomena. Just think: a collection of creations including everything from
knits to vegetable oil powered cars. You know you want to click on to check out the stuff we saw.
We spotted this ride cruising around the Faire.
Moving the broom actually steers the bike.
brought out lots of their three wheeled EVs, scooters, and portable energy
(rechargeable battery packs) to keep your electronic toys powered.
showed off his giant wall painting
machine. For style, it's painting on a clear plastic sheet. Think: mechanical pong that paints lines while bounces back
built some sweet R/C steam powered robots. This one is uses propane / butane to heat the
brought lots of their toys. This POV (Persistence of Vision) bike wheel uses four PCB sticks with, well a lot
Squid's 'IKEA' chair. What took 'em so
brought along some fun toys. That's a SMD chip being soldered down with a regular soldering iron. The
long pads come pre-tinned; just place the chip, add some flux and slide the iron along the pad towards the chip.
let us and lots of other guys test drive his balancing
, a DIY Segway. He also brought along his unicycle version.
brought along this cool projector table. The user interface is
very intuitive. Tilting the table pans the image, giving it a twist zooms in and out.
Who doesn't want their own rocket pack?
Seriously. Andrew Filo
is building his own; we're relatively sure the
final version won't use PVC.
Talk to the hand... with the
RFID chip embedded in it. This electronic door lock can be opened using a key, RFID chip, code or a combination of the
three. Amal Graafstra
wrote a RFID Toys
about his RFID adventures.
We mentioned it before
. Today we played with them, and
they're really nice. The Monome
is an eight by eight matrix of backlit
buttons. It was actually designed without a specific purpose. The front aluminum plate is actually a quarter inch
thick. Everything from the buttons to the USB interface was custom made just for the project.
Yup, it's an R/C Segway.
.. we think it'd be cooler dressed up like R2D2.
We're still not sure what this is, but we're
pretty sure you'll get pulled over if you drive it down the freeway.
Update: It's Satan's Calliope
Stay tuned for more!