This past weekend World Maker Faire (modestly known as the Greatest Show [and Tell] on Earth), showcased its roster of over 700 makers presenting inventions, experiments, technical advancements, hobbies, artistry, and more. This year's festival took place at the New York Hall of Science in the borough of Queens marking its fifth anniversary in New York and celebrating two significant World's Fair anniversaries (1939 and 1964) on the same site.
Here’s a brief photographic glimpse at some of what went on.
The vision of Intel engineer and futurist Brian David Johnson, who, along with a team of designers and engineers created Jimmy, an open-source 3D-printable robot that waves, dances, chats and tweets. The consumer version of the humanoid prototype, which runs on Intel’s Edison platform, is 18-inches tall, with a wide friendly head and enough rudimentary clunkiness to keep intimidation at bay.
Energia is an open-source electronics prototyping platform started by Robert Wessels in January of 2012 with the goal to bring the Wiring and Arduino framework to the Texas Instruments MSP430 based LaunchPad. A new release of Energia is now available that adds support for the CC3200 WiFi LaunchPad and CC3100 BoosterPack. At Maker Faire among the company’s show pieces was this quadcopter (above).
Ok, the above is a shameless advert for element14 parts at Maker Faire.
At the Disney World Maker Faire space, kids and families are challenged to solve the Friends for Change Tangram Puzzle--which, the company points out is a great way to practice problem solving--while creating designs of your own. The rules are simple; use all seven pieces to create a picture or design. The pieces must lie flat and are not allowed to overlap. Disney also to presented its newest animated feature film, Disney's Big Hero Six at this year's Faire.3D printers created miniature models of the film's robotic star Baymax.
It’s a bird..it’s a plane…Really, with a line of AVR MCUs called “Tiny” can Atmel really push aside other superheroes?
Freescale (below) makes microcontrollers, microprocessors, sensors, analog ICs and connectivity parts. At Maker Faire the supplier showcased some good boards to get you started on projects, including Teensy 3.1, Freedom Board, Humming Board, RIoT Board, Wand Board and more.