At Maker Faire, taking place this weekend at the San Mateo County Events Center in San Mateo, Calif., builders of all sorts can find inspiration and innovation, exploring new ways to build and exchange ideas, creating exciting projects and DIY masterpieces.
From fire to fibers, Maker Faire brings together people who think big and want to see their dreams come to life. It's art and science all in one.
Here, first-timers learn to soldier circuits and build LED-based games that beep and blink.
The R2 Builder's Club is a group of Star Wars fans who have designed and published plans for building a DIY droid a la R2-D2. Throughout the weekend, club members are giving workshops on construction techniques and showing off some of their rebel droid designs.
Eepy Bird made a special appearance at Maker Faire this year and put on a show in which they drop Mentos into hundreds of bottles of Coke, producing geysers of soda in a choreographed show that sent soda shooting onto the crowd.
Step right up to the greatest show on Earth at the vaudeville games corner of the fair, where you can play a huge game of labyrinth, tilting the board on two axes and steering the heavy metal ball through the perilous maze.
Soma, a fire-spewing sculpture by the Flaming Lotus Girls, is a neuron at 10,000 times scale. Each end is a neuron, with the bridge an axon connecting the two sides. The fire simulates the nerve stimulation taking place inside us.
Interactive noise makers and sound manipulators Sonic Nomadic on stage at their booth at Maker Faire on Saturday where musical instruments and toys are hacked to create new music and circuit-bending sounds.
Outside, Taylor chases his brother Andy, who has just hopped on one of the modded bicycles in the parking lot. Bikes have been deconstructed, with their parts reform into abstract pedal powered pieces of art.
Walking through interactive sound exhibit SonicSense you can hear the way you move. Three cameras monitor the Mylar-coated corridors, and the visual data is translated into abstract sounds depicting the motion.
A diesel-turbine-electric serial plug-in hybrid sports car, the CMT 380X is a modified Factory Five Racing GTM C5 Corvette chassis with a Capstone Liquid Fuel HEV C30 MicroTurbine Generator, and a 10-gallon fuel tank with an EV range of 40 to 60 miles and a serial hybrid range of more than 460 miles.