We’re again from this weekend’s Maker Faire, the third-annual occasion in San Mateo, CA . Our associates at Make proceed to up the ante, bringing DIYers from far and broad to indicate off their tasks on the final geek county truthful.
Launch our gallery to see only a handful of the wonderful stuff on show this weekend, from the iPhone-controlled watering can to the hacked Guitar Hero controllers that function—gasp!—actual devices. PopSci Podcaster Chuck Cage additionally threw collectively the nice Maker Faire spotlight reel under.
For those who missed the Faire this weekend, by no means worry: the circus rolls into Austin, Texas later this 12 months.
Giants on the Gates
This pair of significant sculptures produced from metal cabling greeted Makers
This cell flame thrower rig constructed by the parents at Nice Home Labs undoubtedly takes the award for probably the most deadly challenge we noticed. Constructed up from a modified golf cart, this cell roaster can shoot 30-foot jets of fireside propelled by way of pressurized propane. Right here we see it in “anti-low-flying-bird” configuration.
Carnage Begins Right here
A more in-depth take a look at the cell flame thrower’s muzzle.
It’s a Nice Gasoline
Propane, honored right here with a terrific poster, is unsurprisingly the star of lots of Maker Faire’s extra pyromaniacal works.
The Guitar Zeros
The Guitar Zeros are a band that makes use of their very own customized software program to show Guitar Hero controllers into precise functioning devices. A laptop computer operating Max MSP converts alerts from the controllers (whammy bar, shake-sensor and all) and makes use of it to drive any variety of synthesized sounds. The controller’s 5 neck buttons permit for a 32-note scale. Right here, Owen Grace (who performs “lead controller”) provides some tips that could a younger shredder. Turning a pretend instrument that simulates an actual one again into an precise functioning guitar? So meta our heads are going to blow up!
Mannequin RC Warship Battle
Just like the North Texas Battle Group we noticed in dry dock at Maker Faire Austin, the Western Warship Fight Membership had full-on Axis vs. Allies battles in a mini-ocean. Sure, these are totally functioning quarter-inch BB weapons you see on the turrets. Protecting eyewear for the spectators was necessary.
Classic Microfilm Synth
Proving you may make a synthesizer out of nearly all the pieces, this modded microfiche reader emits a tone whose frequency is modulated by the darkness of the realm underneath the sensor seen within the center—darkish areas produce a low word, and brilliant areas lead to the next tone. Right here a classic VCR schematic is being performed. None of that fashionable stuff!
iPhone: It Can Additionally Water Your Crops
Disney was available to demo their still-under-development Wall-E toys. This one could be radio-controlled to drive across the flooring, blink its eyes or elevate its arms, or it may also be set to comply with a sound supply autonomously, which guarantees hours of enjoyable for a toddler or hours of journeys to the canine whisperer in your pooch after he loses his thoughts.
The parents at DIYDrones.com create home-brew UAVs just like the Air Pressure’s Predator and International Hawk. This rig makes use of a Lego Mindstorms laptop, an accelerometer and gyroscope to measure orientation and a GPS module to trace its location to permit for autonomous flight.