A glimpse of Maker Faire 2015

One of the things I love about living in the Bay Area is the sheer passion for technology and the spirit of tinkering here. As a geek, I love that I could just pop into a meetup or brownbag hosted at Hacker Dojo or Y-combinator. The big kahuna of geek fest is of course the annual Maker Faire held at the San Mateo held this weekend. Needless to say I was very excited to go! Here’s a peek into some of the stuff there. No number of pictures can do it justice since it is *so* big. I know this is not strictly “mobile” or “testing” related but I just wanted to share this out to everyone. Hope that’s OK. 

For those who do not know what Maker Faire is, do read this: http://makerfaire.com/makerfairehistory/

Ok let’s go!

At Maker Faire (Bay Area), there’re usually exhibits out in the open and in the various exhibition halls. The open exhibits are usually quirky and fun. Here are some I saw this year:

Signposts at the fair

Signposts at the fair

First of all, we need to know where we are … LOL

Big robot or burning man?

Big robot or burning man?

Steam punk!

Steam punk!

Lots of self made cars

Lots of self made cars

Band's playin'

Band’s playin’

Where's the flux capacitor??

Where’s the flux capacitor??

I wonder what Ctrl-Alt-Delete does.

I wonder what Ctrl-Alt-Delete does.

Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal

More heavy metal

More heavy metal

I wonder what's its MPG ..

I wonder what’s its MPG ..

Moon lander?

Moon lander?

This is an Exo-suit

This is an Exo-suit

See https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/584871825/ajax-exosuit-wearable-powered-exoskeleton 

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I have no idea what this is ..

I have no idea what this is ..

Dalek?

Dalek?

A fire breathing ... horse??

A fire breathing … horse??

Lego – how the maker spirit starts!

Legos!

Legos!

Lego Caltrain

Lego Caltrain

Battleships!

Battleships!

Bay Area Lego Users Group

Bay Area Lego Users Group

Pley - Lego sets for rent

Pley – Lego sets for rent

Pley – they want to be the Netflix of Lego – www.pley.com

Ok on to all the Geek stuff!

Retro! An Apple II

Retro! An Apple II

An Altair replica

An Altair replica

Apple I replica

Apple I replica

For those who are interested in these replicas – http://www.brielcomputers.com/

Robots, robots everywhere! (and drones)

Robots from Meccano

Robots from Meccano

Bot Bash Party!

Bot Bash Party!

Host your own Bot Bash Party – www.botbashparty.com

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The Homebrew robotics club of Silicon Valley

The Homebrew robotics club of Silicon Valley

See http://www.hbrobotics.org

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uarm - desktop arduino powered robot

uarm – desktop arduino powered robot

Where to find them – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ufactory/uarm-put-a-miniature-industrial-robot-arm-on-your

Challenge Bot - learn to build your first robot

Challenge Bot – learn to build your first robot

See – http://www.challenge-bot.com

Open PnP - open SMT pick and place machine

Open PnP – open SMT pick and place machine

The OpenPnP machine in action

The OpenPnP machine in action

See http://openpnp.org

Of course these are still dreams

Of course these are still dreams

Hovership - drones!!

Hovership – drones!!

These guys have some cool stuff – http://hovership.com

The Crazyflie nano copter platform

The Crazyflie nano copter platform

See https://www.bitcraze.io/crazyflie/

Not strictly robots but really cool helmets :)

Not strictly robots but really cool helmets 🙂

Micro Drone 3.0

Micro Drone 3.0

See http://www.microdrone.co.uk/

Drone Fight!!

Drone Fight!!

Now for all the IoT stuff 

Hax made a big presence

Hax made a big presence

See http://www.hax.co . Hax is a hardware accelerator.

The CHIP guys are here!

The CHIP guys are here!

These are the guys building the $9 computer – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1598272670/chip-the-worlds-first-9-computer

Weaved - smartpower IoT

Weaved – smartpower IoT

See http://weaved.com/iotkit

AgIC - pens to write your circuits

AgIC – pens to write your circuits

See https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1597902824/agic-print-printing-circuit-boards-with-home-print

Arduino voice control shield

Arduino voice control shield

See https://www.facebook.com/asrshield – Kickstarter in June

The 1Sheeld Booth

The 1Sheeld Booth

See http://1sheeld.com/ – use your Android phone to control your Arduino

DF Robot - IoT and Robotics superstore

DF Robot – IoT and Robotics superstore

The DFRobots store

The DFRobots store

This is a Shanghai based Robotics store that has a lot of stuff – see http://www.dfrobot.com/

InitialState - IoT analytics

InitialState – IoT analytics

With a new market segment comes analytics – https://www.initialstate.com/

Modulo - Lego for IoT

Modulo – Lego for IoT

Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/modulo/modulo-a-simple-modular-solution-for-building-elec

Electric Imp - FPGA modules you can code in

The Mojo board – learn how to use FPGAs

This was really cool – FPGA modules you can code in – Embedded Micro – https://embeddedmicro.com/

The Parallac - an ARM based supercomputer

The Parallac – an ARM based supercomputer

See http://www.parallac.org/

A breadboard wall

A breadboard wall

Maker Bloks - IoT for kids

Maker Bloks – IoT for kids

See http://makerbloks.com/en

Wearable jewelry

Wearable jewelry

See http://www.lumenelectronicjewelry.com

Flutter Wireless - wireless mesh networks

Flutter Wireless – wireless mesh networks

See http://flutterwireless.com

Samurai Circuits and FactoryForAll.com - manufacturing in Shenzhen China

Samurai Circuits and FactoryForAll.com – manufacturing in Shenzhen China

3D Printers etc

Epilog Laser - laser etching

Epilog Laser – laser etching

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DiWire - wire bender

DiWire – wire bender

See https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1638882643/diwire-the-first-desktop-wire-bender

Shaper

Shaper

A waffle 3D printer

A waffle 3D printer

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Machina Bio - 3D printing for Bio

Machina Bio – 3D printing for Bio

See http://www.machina.bio/

Zeus 3D scanner and printer

Zeus 3D scanner and printer

See http://www.zeus.aiorobotics.com/

Biobot

Biobot

Biobot - 3D printing for Biotech

Biobot – 3D printing for Biotech

Everything luminous

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And the cloth makers

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