Maker Faire New York 2017 is a DIY dream

Take a tour of the 8th Annual World Maker Faire New York, featuring projects from all sorts of tinkerers, artisans, startups and DIY engineers.

Sarah Tew
I'm a visual storyteller, working primarily in the medium of photography and photoshop. I listen to more podcasts than I can keep up with and enjoy gardening, cooking, reading, and am striving for a sustainable lifestyle. A big-picture thinker, I am always trying to put the pieces together, and though things are scary these days, I believe humanity will pull through.
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Take a look at the 8th Annual World Maker Faire New York, featuring projects by all sorts of tinkerers, artisans, startups and DIY engineers from all walks of life.

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Heavy Meta is a fire-breathing dragon made of hand-welded sheet metal around a GM bus, made by a collective of makers in Toronto.

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Mimic educational robots are built from kits and provide fun for kids at all levels.

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This "Cocoa Press" by Evan Weinstein is what happens when you apply 3D printing technology to chocolates.

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This Mini Bike designed by Andrew Iacona is powered by a drill.

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Wanna learn to solder? Totally possible at Maker Faire. Just wait your turn and take a seat at the table for hands-on learning.

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Nuravine is an app-controlled hydroponic growing assistant that monitors and maintains proper nutrient and pH levels through its combination of sensors and a connected app you can access from anywhere.

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Blocks is a modular music-making system you can build out to include multiple modules for playing precise notes, drumming with your fingers, looping and other controls. The prices start at $180 (£170) and $300 (£280) for the Lightpad and Seaboard Blocks respectively. 

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Project Orrca is a fully functional and programmable water filtering autonomous robot that targets chemical pollution and can be used in any body of water. Its makers are currently working on a solar-powered version for the device to increase its running time.

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Joe Herman and his partner have created a way to cheaply make your own system for transferring old movies on film to 1080p digital video with old projectors found on eBay. Their project plans and advice are free here.

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Toward the end of the fair participants raced their go-cart creations as fans cheered them on from outside an enclosed track.

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Cornell's Collabspace was showing off its DIY version of R2-D2 in one tent.

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TOBOR is a wireless robotic dinosaur. He can pick things up and be driven around with a wireless remote control.

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Dremel's new Digilab Lasercutter is a home-sized cutter suitable for small businesses and craftsman. It will be available soon.

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Wonder Workshop was demonstrating its robot, Cue, seen here being remote controlled by kids on iPads. Cue will be available on Sept. 28.

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NOT PICTURED: A phone showing Audtra, the "first, social audio-transcription platform," created by Blyth van Dam. Basically you can dictate tweets, podcasts or anything you'll want text of and post it to a timeline. Audtra is available on the Google Play and iTunes stores now.

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Walden Builds showed off its design for an adventure-friendly cabin you can build to the specs of your own truck. Plans for it are free on its website.

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If you ever wanted to learn all about Raspberry Pi there is ample opportunity at Maker Faire.

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Josef Szuecs was displaying his project titled "Drummer in a Suitcase," which was playing a variety of percussion via Bluetooth MIDI from an iPad.

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Mugsy, by Matthew Oswald, is the world's first customizable robotic coffeemaker. 

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The Museum of Food and Drink had a tent with a "Smell Synth" that enables you to build and compare scents at the touch of a button.

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The Pancake Bot was on sale for inspired attendees.

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The Cardboard Teck Instantute's PinBox 3000 got kids interested in making their own cardboard games to play.

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Kits are available at its website.

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This DIY instrument called a Laser Harp makes music based on the position of your hands in space utilizing sensors and an Arduino chip and a MIDI hookup.

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The Fibonacci Clock is an arduino project that looks like an artistic lamp of sorts but can tell you the time if you learn to read the code of changing colors.

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There were all sorts of projects to pique your curiosity in the 3D printing village.

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3 Digital Cooks demonstrated 3D printers that specialize in food creation. Learn more at their youtube channel or website.

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This wood-cased BioSand Filter uses gravity to purify water in this easy-to-build project. You can build one yourself with ohorizons instructions.

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BeagleBoard's booth featured open source robot projects.

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RoboRuckus is an open source game wherein players race robots through an obstacle course.

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Cemetech's booth gave kids a chance to program a game on a graphing calculator in 60 seconds.

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+Farm is an open-source hydroponic smart farm. You can download plans for free at Agritecture's website.

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Circuit Breaker Labs was selling all manner of accessories made from upcycled used circuit boards and the like.

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3Doodler sponsored a booth where you could customize a plastic piece of jewelry using their 3D printing pen.

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The Physics Bus is covered in tin foil and is put on by a group of educators and enthusiasts who wish to inspire.

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This student violin concept uses LED lights in the fingerboard instead of tape where the notes should be played to help teach finger placements.

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Zoa Chimerum creates futuristic statement jewelry inspired by patterns of nature out of carved rubber pieces.

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James' Mallos set up a weaving station to teach kids about the double helix structure of DNA.

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