Maker Faire, the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, announces that over 900 makers will be exhibiting their projects, hobbies, innovations, products, and creativity at the event to be held on May 18 and 19 at the San Mateo County Event Center.
These makers represent drones, robots, 3D printing, and Arduino-powered gear to recycling and upcycling opportunities to food making tools, urban farming, arts and crafts, and everything in between. This year's exhibits will be sure to wow the crowds as they demonstrate the ingenuity that is propelling the maker movement forward. All makers can be found on the Maker Faire web site here. Some maker highlights for the 2013 event are:
- The Repair Cafe: The Repair Café's motto is: If it's broken, don't replace it - repair it! Premiering the Bay Area's first Repair Café at Maker Faire, the Repair Café will teach attendees to view their possessions in a new light by repairing broken items, once again appreciating their value. This mindset is essential to kindling people's enthusiasm for a sustainable society. Whether it's a broken piece of pottery, a torn clothing item, or a toaster on the fritz, the Repair Café can help!
- MindMIDI Brainwave Biomusic: MindMIDI works like a radio, allowing you to hear your brain's amazing electrical symphony. The music can be influenced with intention, and you can hear the immediate musical feedback. At the Faire, attendees can see -- and hear! -- an interactive demonstration that will show them how to effortlessly create music for fun, self-discovery, or relaxation.
- Aurora Light Graffiti: This interactive system provides a simple but highly effective and entertaining method for attendees to create unique and colorful pictures in mid-air. It combines a child-like sense of play with an adult appreciation of the possibilities of new technology. Once their art is created, attendees can capture the image as a PNG file and keep it forever!
- Forage Kitchen: New to the Bay Area and based in San Francisco, Forage Kitchen is a hacker space for anyone who loves to cook. Whether an inspiring food-based business owner or chef, or a home cook wanting to expand their skills in the right space, Forage Kitchen will give food makers the right environment to meet their needs. Attendees can meet the Forage Kitchen team at Maker Faire as well as a number of food makers that got their start at Forage Kitchen.
- Roy the Robot: Roy the Robot is an animatronic character made entirely from laser cut plywood and hobby servos. Roy received an Editor's Choice award at Maker Faire Bay Area 2012 and is back to show the crowds his new moves! Attendees will see for themselves some of Roy's newly found freedoms.
In addition to the inventiveness and inspiration represented by the makers, many new attractions and returning favorites will be at the event, including:
- Caged Pulse Jets: A sight sure to capture the attention of all attendees, this highly entertaining sound sculpture encapsulates five spinning pulse jet engines -- caged "birds" -- that create a range of percussive and droning tones. The best part is that the audience controls it!
- Hand of Man: The Hand of Man is artist Christian Ristow's masterpiece. Operated by a glove-style controller, this enormous, hydrolic-powered, car-crushing right arm will grab the attention of all Faire-goers. Attendees will get a chance to don the glove and control the hand.
- Swap-o-Rama-Rama: Bigger and better than ever, Swap-o-Rama-Rama is back to show attendees how to recycle and upcycle clothing items into new, found objects to love. Attendees can bring their own items in and work with the makers to create Swap's founder, Wendy Tremayne, will be on-hand during the Faire to chat with attendees and a special fashion show will take place on Saturday, May 18.
- Nautilus Submarine Art Car: The Nautilus project is a 25-foot long, land-based submarine weighing in at 11,000 pounds with a top speed of 13 miles per hour. Complete with air conditioning, water cannon, library, hydraulic drive controls and much more, this spectacular example of artistry and collaboration will sure to delight attendees of all ages.