|I spent the weekend in San Mateo, again helping out at a friend's booth at Maker Faire. His particular project required a lot of explanation, & I got hoarse from talking in the noisy expo hall for 2 days. Someone said that 115,000 were expected to attend. There were moments when I got dizzy surrounded by the crowds.|
I spent most of my time at the booth but did manage to run around & see a few things. This BrollyFrock spits fire & water, & seeing it lit up at night was one of the perks of attending the faire as a maker.
There were a lot of participatory activities. Here, people were learning how to pick locks.
This giant lizard is a vehicle, outfitted with couches & a sound system. His skin is made from tire treads, & he breathes fire.
I'm glad I got to see one of these anything-goes pedal bike races. The figure-8 course encourages collisions as well as displays of bad sportsmanship.
The R2 Builders Club was a big hit with the many families at the event. Hobbyists like this are the heart of the faire.
The corporate presence was strong. Our 8'x8' space was directly across from a huge Oracle booth. Someone from General Electric replied to my tweets with the purpose of luring me to their booth. Employees of Microsoft twice came to our booth to promote their experimental desktop application.
The annular solar eclipse occurred right after Sunday's closing time, & makers gathered outside to view it with a variety of improvised pinhole cameras.
Streaming video of the eclipse fittingly ended the event's 3-day live Web-cast, which was hosted by a cheerful lady named Brooklyn.
§ Maker Faire Bay Area 2012
May 19 & 20
San Mateo County Event Center