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Maker Faire 2006: A Fond and Snarky Look Back

Curse my metal body! I realized last week that I’ve booked a trip home to DC the same weekend next month that the Maker Faire will rain its hacked-up techno-crafts upon the San Mateo Fairgrounds .

Major bummer. At what other event can a geek enjoy robot competitions and demonstrations, steampunk sculpture, elaborate Lego models, ultra-modified “green” cars, Steve Wozniak playing Segway polo (oy!), a modified firetruck that spews huge balls of fire into the air, and countless other nutty, hardcore DIY projects?

(Why does someone modify a firetruck to spew huge fireballs into the air? Because someone can.)

Since I won’t be there to pay homage next month, I’ve put together a bit of a retrospective of Maker Faire 2006. Enjoy the photos and vids.

So, when you were a kid, did your Legos try to viciously attack you with their stingers?


C’mon, kid… you know you want to put your hand in there…


The robot that finally made artists obsolete. Feed the robot, former-painter-person! Feed your master!


I love how this robot has the kid aping his every move… then the robot does the splits, and…


Steve Wozniak playing Segway Polo… the ultimate nerdy rich man’s game.


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A very small car. To put it in perspective: Mr. Blue Cap is about 4’7″.

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BattleBots, bitches! Yeah!

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Redneck Pool Heater. ‘Nuff said.

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Look! This guy traveled all the way from a 19th-century safari through a mental institution to show off his gas-powered crazy-cart!

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If you look closely, you can see 100 of this lady’s Lego cats roaming through the landscape.

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The problem with the Priyus isn’t on the inside, fellas, but good effort.

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3 comments… add one
  • nickolai April 26, 2007, 7:01 pm

    Good stuff, I’ll have to try to check it out.

    You know, in concept Battlebots seems like it would totally be my thing, but in reality it bores the piss outta me. I guess the classic flick Robot Jox ruined me for dueling robots forever.

  • Great White Snark April 26, 2007, 7:54 pm

    I know, great in theory. But you never get to see them actually destroy each other. Just a lot of spinning around in circles and running into things.

  • nickolai April 27, 2007, 9:35 am

    plus, have you ever been flummoxed by the types of people who compete in battlebots? So many rednecks, so few nerds. Strange.

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