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:
First of all, we need to know where we are … LOL
Lego – how the maker spirit starts!
Pley – they want to be the Netflix of Lego – www.pley.com
Ok on to all the Geek stuff!
For those who are interested in these replicas – http://www.brielcomputers.com/
Robots, robots everywhere! (and drones)
Host your own Bot Bash Party – www.botbashparty.com
These guys have some cool stuff – http://hovership.com
Now for all the IoT stuff
See http://www.hax.co . Hax is a hardware accelerator.
These are the guys building the $9 computer – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1598272670/chip-the-worlds-first-9-computer
See https://www.facebook.com/asrshield – Kickstarter in June
See http://1sheeld.com/ – use your Android phone to control your Arduino
This is a Shanghai based Robotics store that has a lot of stuff – see http://www.dfrobot.com/
With a new market segment comes analytics – https://www.initialstate.com/
This was really cool – FPGA modules you can code in – Embedded Micro – https://embeddedmicro.com/
3D Printers etc
And the cloth makers