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US18: Maker Faire Bay Area


From Maker Faire Bay Area website:

What is Maker Faire?

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth. Maker Faire is part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new! As a celebration of the Maker Movement, it's a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Faire gathers together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, food artisans, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. Makers come to show their creations and share their learnings. Attendees flock to Maker Faire to glimpse the future and find the inspiration to become Makers themselves.

The bay area is one of the largest amongst all the Maker Faire around the world. You get to see geeky creations by creative people from small little handicraft to huge fire-spitting machines!


As part of the Particle booth featuring the newly announced Particle Mesh products, Paul, Jordy and myself (Elite members) put together a mesh shelf that serves to explain how messages get passed around in a mesh network.

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This is us working on the mesh shelf, transforming raw components into a finished product.

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Tada! This is the end product that will be placed at the booth. Always excited to hack together a demo within a limited amount of time. :)


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As part of the trip, we help out at the Particle booth to share with faire attendees about the newly launched Particle Mesh family of products.

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And yes! The mesh shelf is featured at the booth as an interactive tool to explain mesh concepts. Now you know who made those demos. :)

Besides booth duties, rest of the free time is for you to go around the faire and get your mind blown off by interesting projects!

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The faire spans across the entire San Mateo convention center and there's a ton to see (i.e. lots of walking) in one weekend.

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You will see food trucks everywhere and queues become insanely long during nom nom hours.

Let's look at some interesting projects at Maker Faire Bay Area 2018!

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This small little tofu sandwich costs USD 5. ¯(°_o)/¯

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This is a bike-house on display and I woner how easy/difficult it is to start/stop the vehicle with such a sizable mass at the back.

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This is a house-on-wheels and this person has been staying in it since October 2017.

Let the video give you a better idea of how it's like!

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There are also glassblowers showing their work of art and they definitely made me go "wow, that's cool!" at their booths.


Besides all the artsy display, there is also an area for homegrown village where local farmers proudly sell their produce and invention.

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This is er, snacks insects packed and ready for consumption. Personally not a fan so I conveniently skipped this stall.

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Always making your own sandwich for work or picnic? Why not grown your own microgreens and have them fresh for your handmade creations! I like how you can grow some greens in a couple of days on your kitchen top and consume them fresh.


Let us check out some other cool homegrown projects outside.

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A pole crawling contraception stopped me right at the path and I never left till I got a chance to personally play with it. There is really only one pneumatic component at play and figuring out how it could move in both direction ignited the geek spark in me.

This is kinda creep cool too.

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I particularly liked this high school student project as it demonstrated something cool using a fundamentally simply concept. With a slight movement of the mirror, you create an infinity mirror with varying patterns!

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You also see crazy big machines that gets all the space they need to navigate around the faire premise. Some are from [Burning Man]() and they even spit fire.

Nintendo Labo also had a experimental tour where walked through the cool things that a Nintendo Switch owner can do with all the cardboard creativity.

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You get a piano that leverages on the IR sensor on the Switch, making the knobs and keys come to life. Not forgetting the rubber bands that give the piano keys a tactile feedback. How cool is that?

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This 1905 printing press is fascinating. To up the game, they got it powered off the steam engine on the left.


Whilst at Maker Faire, I took some time off booth duties and geeking to picnic!

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Corndog. Prefer my asian snacks though.

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I also met the designer of Ifixit toolkit, heard all the stories of how they were created and how they are getting into a lawsuit to ensure that consumers get the ability to fix their own phones.

There is just so much to see and being there beats reading all that I have for you. Gonna wrap up with a couple more interesting videos to give you a sense of what goes on at Maker Faire. Enjoy!

~ kennethlimcp

US18: Maker Faire Bay Area
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