Sometimes Saturday arrives and a man’s not sure what to do with himself. Or his kids. Or his nephews. Or his girlfriend who loves robots. This weekend, that man’s got a plan: the 10th annual Maker Faire (tickets here). Think renaissance fair for cyberpunks. Below: the six vendors/creators/roboticists we’ll be checking out. Get your geek on.
Most dads come back from the amusement park with a headache. Will Pemble, aka CoasterDad, came back with a plan to build his own 180-foot wooden roller coaster in his backyard, which he promptly executed. Now, he’s a full-time COO and part-time advocate of science education. And roller coasters. Always roller coasters.
If you ever read a child The Iron Giant before bedtime, you will want to find that child and escort him or her to its real-life analogue: Robot Resurrection, a 28-foot sculpture made almost entirely from airplane parts. It’s fully articulated and human piloted, occasionally by members of the crowd. Also, it can shoot fire.
More on the fire tip: welder and sculptor Jessika Welz presents Celestial Mechanica, a model of the solar system with glowing planets spinning around a fiery globe — or, as she puts it, "a 16-foot tall kinetic steel sculpture of our solar system representing the majestic dance of the heavenly bodies." Also, it looks very, very cool.
You should also check out:
The folks at the Scan-a-Rama portrait studio, who can 3D print a model of your very own family
Ark Reactor, because everyone needs to see how to make “personalized probiotics”
Graywrx Fab, which is doing something described only as “fire sculpture robots in the sand!!” And we’re not going to miss that.
It’s going to be a busy weekend.