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 â€œgreenâ€ 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.
A very small car. To put it in perspective: Mr. Blue Cap is about 4’7″.
BattleBots, bitches! Yeah!
Redneck Pool Heater. ‘Nuff said.
Look! This guy traveled all the way from a 19th-century safari through a mental institution to show off his gas-powered crazy-cart!
If you look closely, you can see 100 of this lady’s Lego cats roaming through the landscape.
The problem with the Priyus isn’t on the inside, fellas, but good effort.