We met a lot of interesting Makers at the Maker Faire and saw more than a few engaging projects at the show. If you couldn’t make it or are curious about the event, check out some of our highlights from the show floor below.
Life Sized Stormbreaker
One of our first encounters walking around the Make Faire show floor was with Berbawy Makers Inc. There we met Sairam, left photo below, with his 3D printed Stormbreaker. If you’re not aware, Stormbreaker is Thor’s new axe from Avenger’s Infinity War and Avengers Endgame. Sairam shared that it took him around a year to 3D print the axe. Although it was large, it was also very fragile. You can see Sairam and @Skkaw handling the axe below. Sairam also made a secret compartment for tiny axes, which he gave away to grateful Maker Faire attendees like us. Such great work, and from a student project too!
This project seemed a bit popular among attendees, where I practically had to squeeze my way between people to get a good view of their booth. I understood why when I read the Label at their booth: DIY Bar – Cocktail Machine. Mybar.io is an open source drink mixing machine that will mix your drinks at the push of a button on your smartphone. From their website: Intuitive and simple, the mobile app allows you to select the bottles connected to your Bar. No wonder this project was so popular! If you’d like to know more, check out the Mybar.io website here
One of the recurring themes at the Maker Faire was the use of cardboard in Maker’s projects. So we weren’t that surprised when we saw this build your own “BeatBox” project, but we were quite impressed. With BeatBox, anyone can build their very own BeatBox under 30 minutes. It’s even fully customizable! You can personalize your own BeatBox by adding buttons and knobs the way you like it. Not only that, but it’s also a great way to teach STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to kids. You can learn more about this project at their website: BeatBox Instruments.
We stumbled on Chatterbox as we were walking around the Maker Faire. Their founder Kevin was at their booth and enthusiastically explaining what Chatterbox was all about. We, among other attendees, we are drawn to his message: why not build a Do-It-Yourself smart speaker for kids which you can fully customize? Think of it like an Amazon Alexa, but one focused on privacy that kids can build and program. I saw several attendees, mostly parents, go up to Kevin and have long conversations with him about their product. Clearly, there’s a market for this product, and if that weren’t proof enough, this project is already fully funded on Kickstarter surpassing their $10,000 and as of this writing with more >$49,000 pledged! You can check out their Kickstarter here.
Self-solving Rubix Cube
We all know how difficult it is to solve a Rubik’s cube (at least for most of us out there). But of course, it wouldn’t be a Maker Faire if someone didn’t solve that problem too! Presenting the Self-solving Rubik’s cube by Takashi Kaburagi. You just scramble it, leave it on a flat surface, and it starts solving itself. See the video below. Want to know more? Check out the Takashi Kaburagi’s YouTube channel the Human Controller here.
We also put together a photo mosaic of some of the larger attractions on display at the Maker Faire, see below:
Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 Video
But not only that, we had so much fun, we compiled some of our highlights in a short video. Check it out below:
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Haven’t had enough Maker Faire yet? Here are some links to our Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 Coverage below:
- Maker Faire Bay Area 2019
- How-to Workshops @Maker Faire Bay Area 2019
- Cosplay Experience @Maker Faire Bay Area 2019
- Mech Warfare @Maker Faire Bay Area 2019
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