Maker Faire 2007 - Part 1

The family went up to San Mateo on Saturday for Maker Faire 2007. It was much bigger than last year, completely taking over the fairgrounds. The word had got out. Much larger crowds than last year. We arrived a few minutes after they opened and we had to park several rows further back and get in line for tickets and admittance.

The Faire last year showed the makers from O'Reilly's Make: magazine. This year, there were also the crafters from their sister Craft: magazine. A lot more stands and exhibits.

There was numerous other things going on. Bands were performing on two different stages. Plus catapulting, power-tool drag-racing, rockets launching, etc. Another wonderful day.

I took a load of camera phone pictures. They are my usual level of quality. Some better than others. Hopefully they'll give you an idea of what went on. I've probably got enough to do several posts, so I'll bunch 'em in groups of ten and send them out.

Here's the first set, plus a few notes.

The metal sculpture that greeted you as you enter the Fiesta (Robotics) hall.

Hack your Roomba! Here you see the versatile vacuum cleaner doing it's impersonation of an Etch-a-Sketch. There's also a Hacking Roomba book to help you with your hacking.

The robotic "giraffe" was back. This time we got up close'n'personal with it. It's snout has touch sensors. If you touch one, it say "ooh that tickles!". If you touch several, it gives a loud chuckle. Or something like that. It might have been a direction thing. The little boy wasn't quite sure what to make of it.

A radio-controlled "robot". It did great sideways cartwheels.

A radio controlled blimp. The maze construction below it was for another robot that was demonstrated later that could find a small fire and put it out.

Several steam-powered constructions.

A steam-powered R2D2.

A marble clock.

A model airplane with a radio-controlled camera attached, driven by LEGO Mindstorms NXT parts. The PC was showing a video of an actual flight.

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