The Maker Faire came to NYC this weekend and it was fabulous. They have booths with people who invent (make) almost anything from robots to 3 D printing to knitting and tee shirts. They even had a booth from Martha Stewart’s Living there. And in a hat tip to my buddy @scottmonty, Ford was there. But I was disappointed that Ford required you to register to use their simulator, (we didn’t.)
The most beautiful and interesting things we saw were the 3D artwork that’s printed by Shapeways:
You really have to hold this stuff in your hand to understand the intricacy and beauty of it. Buy something as a gift for your favorite nerd.
I shot a couple of videos this one is of the life sized mouse trap game. If you played with the game when you were a kid you know how it works. This is a life size set up using bowling balls instead of marbles. It was really funny to watch.
The second video is a little harder to describe and explain, it was a rocket bike ride. They used real pulse jet rockets on a couple of motorcycle type things hanging off of an arm mounted on a center pivot. Some people (volunteers?!?) climbed on the bike/rockets and then they lit them. These are the same rockets that the Germans used to launch their buzz bombs (V1 Rockets) during the Blitz in London during WWII. They are really, really, really loud. Like hurt your ears from 100 feet away kind of loud.
Maker Faire has something for everyone. You can learn how to make all sorts of useless and useful wonderful things. I’ll be going again next time.