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Maker Faire NYC 2012 (pictures)

We took a trip out to Queens this weekend to check out all the robots, 3D printers, and general creative hackery at Maker Faire's New York stopover.

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Rich Brown

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Taking over the New York Hall of Science

Situated on the grounds of the 1964 World's Fair, the New York Hall of Science hosts Maker Faire both inside and out.
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Part tech expo, part carnival

The event offers an eclectic mix of tech exhibits, hacker-style workshops, performance and static art, all bedecked in sideshow charm.
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It's not Burning Man, but art cars abound

Pedal-powered butterflies provided by the Bike Zoo.
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Participation encouraged

As much educational as entertaining, Maker Faire offers attendees plenty of hands-on opportunities.
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Lockpick Village

One of the better-attended workshops, put on by TOOOL, the Open Organization of Lockpickers.
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Make and break

Brooklyn-based Llaves Designs hosted the Whack!!!! pinata-making workshop.
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Zen and the art of weaving

This hands-on demo taught saori, Zen Japanese weaving.
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A bigger mousetrap

Components of the Life-Size Mousetrap, a 16-piece Goldbergian machine and Maker Faire staple since 2009.
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Katy Perry makes an appearance

Katy Perry, the fire-shooting unicorn, of course.
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A welcome and clever respite

This Brewing as Art contraption made a decent pour.
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The Form 1 3D printer

MakerBot, Up, Ultimaker, and the other familiar RepRap-derived 3D printers all had a presence at Maker Faire. More interesting was the Form 1.

A product of a group from MIT, and subject of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Form 1 uses laser-drawn resin, as opposed to ABS or PLA plastic like the other 3D printers. The result, its inventors claim, is higher-resolution, more-professional-looking prints, for a similar price as the other desktop 3D printers.

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SeeMeCNC's Rostock Max 3D printer

SeeMe CNC's delta 3D printer design offers another alternative to standard low-cost 3D printers.
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Close up of Rostock Max

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The Octopod Underwater Salvage Vehicle 5

Perhaps the best 3D-printed object your correspondent has seen, designed by Sean Charlesworth.
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Makies

And these articulated dolls are the creepiest 3D-printed objects I've seen.
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Inside the Hall of Science

Moving inside the museum building, this picture captures only a subset of the indoor exhibits.
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Automata by Dug North

Designer Dug North hand-carved these mechanical scenes.
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I Want To, by Laewoo Kang

Crowd-driven, Twitter-powered robot performance art.
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La Sagrada Familia, rendered in toothpicks

This toothpick rendering of Gaudi's famous basilica is just one of the dozens of buildings in artist Stan Munro's Toothpick World.
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Lego pancake bot

Miguel Valenzuela's Lego Pancake Bot offers an inspired take on the CNC machine.
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Keyglove

This unique take on an input device, from Jeff and Courtney Rowberg, uses touch and motion to let you interact with your PC.
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USB typewriter

Jack Zylkin has invented a 21st-century upgrade for an 18th-century technology.
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DIY paper hologram

Using colored lights and paper, artist collective Black Label Robot has created a convincing trick of the eye.
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Lumiphonic creature choir

So there's a singer, a keyboard, a laptop, and 12 floating eye/head things...

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