If you like to do it yourself then you’ve probably heard of MAKE Magazine by now and their ever-interesting offshoot, Maker Faire. If not, Maker Faire is this crafty combination of DIY meets Burning Man. Hacked bicycles, solar-powered robots, pollution sensing clothing, spoil-detecting milk jugs and fire breathing metal sculptures are just a few of the things you’ll find at the event.
While “official” Maker events only occur in a handful of cities across the country, community-based and smaller scale faires are sprouting up all over the country, if not the world. If you are looking for a reason to attend, or even better, host your own Maker Faire, check out these hand-picked videos from events past.
This is Maker Faire!
Android Phone as Autonomous Micro-Satellite
Have someone in your life that uses their smartphone a little too much for your liking? Then launch it into space!
Motorized Cupcake Cars
I see these every year at Maker Faire and they never stop making me chuckle. They’re the perfect combination of ridiculousness and awesomeness. Now if only they were edible! I guess I will just have to build one myself.
Driving Around in Style with the Motorized La-Z-Boy
Getting that tallboy from the fridge just got easier, right? I really want one of these but I am afraid of what it could lead to. For example, three years down the road and it would take 8 firemen and a crane to get me out of the house.
Pollution Sensing Clothing
There is more to Maker Faire than just blowing things up. Some pretty innovative ideas with many future applications also come out of the faire. This pollution-sensing clothing is just one of them.
Solar and Wave Powered Autonomous Robots
If robots are ever going to take over the world, it will probably be ones built at Maker Faire, not Skynet. Sorry, James Cameron!
Fire Spewing Mechanical Art
Makers are not afraid of the fire, I’ll tell you that much. This part of the experience is kinda like Burning Man Light. If you want to see a lot of the awesome art on display at Black Rock City but don’t want to deal with camping in the desert for a week, Maker Faire is for you!