Maker Faire 2008 - Part 1

The first of a few posts, of pictures that were taken at the Maker Faire over the weekend. Somebody told me that the Chronicle called it "Burning Man Meets Martha Stewart". It was a lot more than that.

The crowds were huge. Ever bigger than last year. We'd prepaid for our tickets but the women behind the counter wasn't very efficient at checking off our names from a printed list. You'd think with all this advanced tech on show, that there could have been some sophisticated bar code scanning arrangement like Fandango uses. People who had tried to to the right thing, would have been through the gates in no time.

The first thing you see after entering the hall immediately behind the ticket gates is the Maker SHED. Lots of great things for sale. I ended up buying a "kit" which consisted of the Making Things Talk, an Arduino, a couple of sensors and various other electronic components for me to experiment with. Hopefully more on this as I get familiar with it. It's an unfortunate name and cover for the book. I'd seen it around for months but assumed it was about hacking toys and adding speech synthesis.

Duncan got a couple boxes of Uberstik. This was the first time I'd ever heard of them, but they've been engineered to interconnect with recycled materials such as straws, cocktail straws, icecream sticks, paper clips, water bottles,egg cartons, O-rings as well as other construction kits like Lego, KNeX and Erector. It'll be interesting to see what he comes up with.

We also bought a Blinkybug Kit.

I took lots of pictures. Lots of the exhibits from last year were here again. This year, I just tried to photograph different things. This first post is just some of the big things that were outside. Okay, and the little birdie that was so cute. I've got to wonder how they were delivered to the fairgrounds and how long it took for then to be erected.

Here's the burning woman at the show. Plus one of the Martians they didn't use in War of the Worlds.

More tomorrow.

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