We rounded up our favorite things from this weekend’s Maker Faire yesterday, and now it’s time for some photos of the event. Take a look at some of the more awesome things we saw in the flesh. Well, okay, technically the metal and plastic, mostly. Still, enjoy!
No. 1 | Katy Perry The Unicorn
The glitter sneezing, beverage peeing, fire-spewing Katy Perry the Unicorn was the centerpiece of this years Maker Faire. If you don't understand why, please read the three above descriptors again.
No. 2 | Octopod
Maker Sean Charlesworth is responsible for Octopod, the 3D printed, astonishingly well-articulated, mechanical octopus you see before you. He's also the man behind the next model, which is really all we've ever wanted out of life.
No. 3 | Buckaroo Banzai Jet Car
Yup, that's a scale replica the Jet Car from Buckaroo Banzai. And yes, as a matter of fact, it is the best argument we've seen for 3D printers in sometime.
No. 4 | 3D Printed DARwin Bots
These DARwin robots -- miniature humanoid robots whose parts are crafted on a Makerbot Replicator -- are pretty rocking, too, though.
No. 5 | Butterfly Bike
The folks at Bike Zoo must have had a strong argument for the most worn out legs at the Faire. We never saw them take a break from ferrying kids around on these bikes, which we can't imagine are the most aerodynamic things to pedal.
No. 6 | Cupcake Cars
These wearable Cupcake Cars are built from new and salvaged pieces from other electric vehicles, and basically zipped around the fair with surprising maneuverability, making us totally hungry for cupcakes all day.
No. 7 | The Furby Organ
On the one hand, the Arduino powered Furby Organ is not as dirty as it sounds. It is, however, 100% more frightening than you can imagine, and will haunt your dreams.
No. 8 | American Dream Motorized Hammock
We told you about North Street Labs' motorized hammock, the American Dream, yesterday. After walking to work this morning, rather than being carried there in a hammock, we want one more than ever.
No. 9 | Bitponics
Looking to turn a small space into a hydroponic garden that knows when to replenish its own water and turns the lights on and off, rendering your little herb garden as tough to kill as the cactus you've managed to keep alive on your bookcase? Bitponics has you covered, turning any little indoor garden into an affair that runs itself.
No. 10 | Green Shell Sniffer Bot
This bot from New York's own City Tech Makers has a 3D printed shell that makes it as good for knocking Mario Kart opponents out of your way as it is for detecting hazardous gasses in the environment, its prime directive.
No. 11 | Life-Size Mousetrap
Life-Size Mousetrap is just like the game you remember being super frustrating as a kid, with one important difference -- all of the pieces in this one work. At the end, instead of dropping a net on a mouse, they, well, click through and you'll get the idea.
No. 12 | What Did That Car Ever Do to You?
It takes some really detailed getting to, but there's nothing quite like watching a bunch of folk dressed in circus attire collude with an enormous Rube Goldberg device to drop a safe on this poor Honda Civic to make you feel like you must have walked into a cartoon.
No. 13 | Brewing as Art Mobile Brewery
Brewing as Art is a fully functional brewery on wheels that can make up to 10 gallons of primo microbrew at a time. After a couple, you will almost certainly feel the need to take a ride on the brewery. Please do not ride the brewery.
No. 14 | Thumb Wrestling Machine
Red Bull's Giant Thumb Wrestling was a big hit with the kids. We definitely considered pushing our way to the front of the line, but eventually thought better of it, a decision we heartily regret in the light of a new day.
- Here’s our roundup of the Faire from yesterday
- We still want this bot-knitted Sweater of Infinite Cosbies
- No sign of 3D printed guns on the grounds, before you ask