Wow, where does one start? The makers of the world convened in Austin, Texas one weekend in October to make, build, rebuild, battle, and exchange their stuff and their ideas. I even had visitors from two other states join in the fun. Perhaps the best way to approach a summary of Maker Faire’s controlled chaos, of this menagerie of goods and good-doers, of this DIY carnival, of the impossible to sum up is a list with occasional pictures…
I missed Mark Frauenfelder.
We watched a fully functioning, life-sized version of the game Mousetrap.
We saw the Mentos and Diet Coke guys do their thing.
We watched a robot on a crane (named “Pong”) shoot ping pong balls in the air while children tried to catch them for no reason other than to catch them. They deserved the Rick-Rolling they got.
I saw a rocket-powered skateboard.
We saw local Tesla coil band Arc Attack perform several times (See the clip below of them performing the Empire theme from Star Wars [runtime: 0:28]).
There was plenty more, and I highly recommend your going to Maker Faire if you get a chance. Hell, my sister drove fourteen hours to attend this one.
[photos and video by Jessy Helms.]
I marshal the middle between Mathers and McLuhan.