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May 21, 2007

Maker Faire 2007

photo of giant mouse trap game. Photo by image415/flickr.com

Oh. My. God. The Maker Faire is the greatest event in the history of the world. My head is still reeling from all of the amazing home-made inventions, gizmos, and hacks. My personal favorites include the life-sized recreation of the kids game Mouse Trap pictured above (I particularly like how it ends by dropping a 2-ton safe onto a pile of cheese); the giant robotic giraffe that wandered the fairground; the amazing number of contraptions made out of mutated and re-combined bicycles; the audio art installation that detected the Bluetooth signatures of passing cellphones and played unique birdsongs in response; and Theramin Karaoke (an entertainment concept whose time has come).

This edition of the fair was just south of San Francisco, but there's one planned for Austin Texas in October and Make Magazine (who puts on the whole thing) is also planning an east coast edition.

There's lots of coverage, photos, videos, etc., at makezine.com.

(Photo of life-sized mousetrap game by image415/flickr.com)

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at May 21, 2007 05:45 AM