Maker Faire

Maker Faire pictures are now up on Flickr.

Maker Faire

I’m not sure how many people attended, but it sure seemed to be a great success (over 6,000 pictures on Flickr tagged maker faire, if that’s any indication). There were exhibits and demos of the full range of DiY projects, including robotics, glasswork, rocketry, Legos, homemade bicycles, and so much more. Look over the MakeZine web site to get an idea of what it’s all about.

The robotics were particularly cool, we saw everything from little “battle bots”-style remote controlled cars up to bigger and much more dangerous looking stuff with circular saw blades for wheels and big spinning pieces of steel. We stopped by the Flickr Yahoo tent, where we got Flickr buttons, and went to talk to the Livejournal Six Apart people, who tried to get us to upgrade to paid LJ accounts and told me that “WordPress is good for starting out, but someday I might want to upgrade to a TypePad account”, which makes no sense at all because while TypePad is a definite step up from another hosted service like Livejournal, it has nothing in common with self-hosted software like WordPress. Maybe he meant to say Movable Type. We did get “Hello, my Livejournal username is ________” stickers though.

Microsoft had an entire room for themselves, which only emphasized how little anyone was interested, as it was nearly empty when we looked in. It was also completely devoid of relevant content, apparently existing mainly to show off Windows Media Center or whatever it’s called, and what looks like their version of the Summer of Code that Google has been doing for a couple years now.

I’m not particularly crafty myself, but I still dig looking at stuff that other people are doing. If this becomes an annual thing, which I’m sure it will, I highly recommend that everyone check it out next year.

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Comments

I came across your post and wanted to respond to your comment:

It was also completely devoid of relevant content, apparently existing mainly to show off Windows Media Center or whatever it’s called”

In your first paragraph you call out the valuable content at Maker Faire was “robotics” “Lego” and “battle bots”. Do you know that we had all three of the things you highlighted inside the Microsoft pavilion? We showed several DIY projects including programming Lego Mindstorms using our new .NET Wrapper, the first .NET enabled Battle Bot, The Finalizer (Reuters picture), and the Microsoft Robotics enthusiasts group which had several homemade robotics creations.

Beyond that, we had a section on DIY home automation using Skype, how to create your own Dance, Dance Revolution machine, and even an MSN Spaces Photo Booth that would dynamically show pictures dynamically retrieved from homemade junked laptops. The Dance, Dance, Revolution how-to article (including glue gun and old pillowcases) is even going to be on Makezine and was also featured in .

Even the UMPC Mobile area showcased creating a custom application so you can use it as a super-charged remote control.

Next time, give us a chance and you’ll find that we’re doing plenty of cool DIY projects in our free time.

Thanks,
Dan Fernandez
Microsoft Maker