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
First of all, we need to know where we are … LOL
Big robot or burning man?
Lots of self made cars
Where’s the flux capacitor??
I wonder what Ctrl-Alt-Delete does.
More heavy metal
I wonder what’s its MPG ..
This is an Exo-suit
I have no idea what this is ..
A fire breathing … horse??
Lego – how the maker spirit starts!
Bay Area Lego Users Group
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
An Altair replica
Apple I replica
For those who are interested in these replicas – http://www.brielcomputers.com/
Robots, robots everywhere! (and drones)
Robots from Meccano
Bot Bash Party!
Host your own Bot Bash Party – www.botbashparty.com
The Homebrew robotics club of Silicon Valley
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
See – http://www.challenge-bot.com
Open PnP – open SMT pick and place machine
The OpenPnP machine in action
Of course these are still dreams
Hovership – drones!!
These guys have some cool stuff – http://hovership.com
The Crazyflie nano copter platform
Not strictly robots but really cool helmets 🙂
Micro Drone 3.0
Now for all the IoT stuff
Hax made a big presence
See http://www.hax.co . Hax is a hardware accelerator.
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
AgIC – pens to write your circuits
Arduino voice control shield
See https://www.facebook.com/asrshield – Kickstarter in June
The 1Sheeld Booth
See http://1sheeld.com/ – use your Android phone to control your Arduino
DF Robot – IoT and Robotics superstore
The DFRobots store
This is a Shanghai based Robotics store that has a lot of stuff – see http://www.dfrobot.com/
InitialState – IoT analytics
With a new market segment comes analytics – https://www.initialstate.com/
Modulo – Lego for IoT
Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/modulo/modulo-a-simple-modular-solution-for-building-elec
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
A breadboard wall
Maker Bloks – IoT for kids
Flutter Wireless – wireless mesh networks
Samurai Circuits and FactoryForAll.com – manufacturing in Shenzhen China
3D Printers etc
Epilog Laser – laser etching
DiWire – wire bender
A waffle 3D printer
Machina Bio – 3D printing for Bio
Zeus 3D scanner and printer
Biobot – 3D printing for Biotech
And the cloth makers