Yesterday, I was in Hannover attending Maker Faire. There were a lot more people there than I had expected and also a ton of interesting and cool things to see and here.
A favorite among the electronics crowd was Arduino. There wasn’t a project that didn’t use these inexpensive microcontrollers. Unfortunately, I didn’t see any .NET Gadgeteer projects there. The Microsoft presence was limited to a developer evangelist presentation and Q&A about Kinect for Windows; although he said that at Maker Faires in the US, Microsoft was much more involved. I seriously considered getting an Arduino starter kit, but I guess I should first put the .NET Gadgeteer starter kit I have had for almost two years to better use.
Another favorite among the exhibitors: 3D printers. At pretty much every other stand there was a 3D printer. All different kinds of models and modes of operation. Here is the fabbster 3D printer hard at work printing my vase/sculpture (video and a picture of the final product below). It’s still a bit rough around the edges, but it was only a concept print anyway.
But it wasn’t just about 3D printing. The beauty of this Maker Faire was the breadth of topics. There were
- quadcopters (see video at the end),
- human-sized robots playing bass guitar which you can hear in the background of the quadcopter video
- plastic and wooden jewelry designed on a computer and cut by laser cutters,
- steam punk objects (see picture of a laptop below),
- a presentation on how to use Kinect for Windows to create cool new applications and user interactions (incl. a glimpse at what the Kinect coming with Xbox One will be able to do)
- Railuino, an Arduino based controller plus Android app for Märklin model trains
- tons of other things…
Overall it was just a huge festival celebrating everything Maker. Pretty cool. Here are some more random pictures from the event.