For your viewing pleasure, I’ve just posted a set of photos from setup yesterday at Maker Faire. Everything’s coming together beautifully– we’ll hope to see you there.
Update: We’ve just posted more than 100 more photos, from Saturday and Sunday, to the same photo set; please take a look.
Neat-o stuff to do in the San Francisco bay area:
Next weekend, go to RoboGames, Fri-Sun, Apr 23-25, 2010 at the San Mateo Fairgrounds. It’s the worlds largest robot competition, featuring combat robots, humanoid robots, art bots, soccer bots, sumo bots, and more. We’ll be there as exhibitors, with kits from our web store and other goodies like pager motors for making BristleBots!
In May, we’ll be heading back to the San Mateo Fairgrounds for the Bay Area Maker Faire 2010– our favorite event of the year. It’s the world’s biggest DIY festival, and well, there’s just too much to describe. You have to see it for yourself. We’ll be there showing off one of this year’s Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories blog projects, the Playable game of Tabletop Pong– you can come by and try it out.
Hope to see you there!
This weekend the lab staff will be visiting the Los Angeles area and we’re planning a meetup if you’d like to say hello. This will be informal, but we’ll be bringing along a few of our little projects to show off.
The fine folks at Crash Space, a Los Angeles hacker space, have generously offered to host the event, which is scheduled for Sunday evening, 6-11 PM.
Crash Space is located at
10526 Venice Blvd, Culver City CA 90232
(Google Map | Street View)
In case of overflow, or other last-minute changes on Sunday, please check our twitter feed, http://twitter.com/EMSL for updates.
We’ve already heard from a few of our maker/hacker friends who might drop by, including Eliot Phillips, former head editor of Hack a Day, and Tod E. Kurt, co-founder of ThingM and Crash Space. We hope that you’ll join us too!
Update 4/10/10: Looks like John Park of Make: TV and Mister Jalopy of Dinosaurs and Robots may be able to join us as well!
Update 4/14/10: Thanks to everyone who came out, and special thanks to Crash Space for hosting! It was great to meet new friends, hang out with old ones, and see the projects everyone was working on. @daryll put together a nice video of the event (via).
While we don’t normally find ourselves as part of the case mod community, we’ve been invited to participate in the Rods and Mods event, “The Kustom Kulture of Radical Computer Modification” currently going on, Thursday through Saturday at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. We’ll be attending this Saturday, showing off some of our recent projects and maybe even some hacked devices.
You can read more about this event here
, and we’ll hope to see you there!
We’re thrilled to be heading back to the Exploratorium
this Saturday for the first Young Makers
event put on by Make
, the Exploratorium
, and Pixar
Here’s a little bit about the program from Make’s writeup: “It’s a first experiment in a new program we call Young Makers, in which we intend to create an infrastructure to nurture kids who want to learn by making, beyond what they can do with construction kits. We hope to fulfill a dire need: satisfying a little bit of what shop classes used to do before they, lamentably, started getting booted out of schools.”
We hope to see you there this Saturday between 11 am and 3 pm. There will be BristleBot
building going on, as well as BlinkyBug
building with our friend Ken Murphy. Ken also has an exhibit called A History of the Sky
that is at the Exploratorium through the end of the month and is definitely worth seeing. If you can’t make it this weekend, they’ve got a great line-up of folks for the last Saturday of each month leading up to Maker Faire
February 27th: Wearables & Soft Circuitry — Adrian Freed
March 27th: Make Your Own Kind of Music — Walter Kitundu
and Krys Bobrowski
April 24th: Motors & Mechanisms — Brad Prether and Ernie Fosselius
: Dale Dougherty posted an article about the event here
Come join us at the ComBots Cup at the San Mateo Fairgrounds on Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20 from 2-7 pm. (Get tickets here.) And if taking your loved ones to see combat robotics wasn’t gift enough, you can do a little last minute holiday shopping without having to brave the mall! We’ll have a selection of kits (and a few robot repair parts) on hand. You can try out Meggy Jr RGB and see the new Bulbdial Clock in person.
Read more about the event at Suicide Bots
. Special treat for our readers who attend: mention this post and we’ll give you an RGB LED in your choice of style. Hope to see you there!
Hey folks, we’re having an informal meetup this evening (Friday Nov. 27) at the Kennedy School McMenamins, in Portland, Oregon. We be in the Cypress Room starting at 8 PM.
Check the @EMSL twitter feed for any last-minute updates, and we’ll hope to see you there!
CandyFab managed to infiltrate a couple of the other 3D printing projects at Maker Faire this past weekend. That’s me above, at the MakerBot booth, in my brand-new MakerBot shirt, explaining MakerBot to some Maker Faire visitors. Below, Kenji’s Fab at Home sports a brand new CandyFab vinyl racing sticker. CandyFab itself performed like a champ, printing candy and raising blood sugar levels all weekend while we talked shop with all the other fabbers.
I’ve just returned from a week long trip to Shenzhen, China in a “geek tour” trip organized by Bunnie Huang, with some assistance from the fine folks at PCH International.
More than just a tour, this was also a tiny conference of open source and physical computing hardware hackers.
The participants were (from left to right above): Jeevan Kalanithi, Eric Schweikardt, Bunnie Huang, Nathan Seidle, Leah Buechley, myself (Windell Oskay), Tom Igoe, and David Merrill.
(Thanks to Tom Igoe for the photo. Thanks also to Dale Dougherty for helping to get such a great set of folks in contact for the trip!)
Shenzhen is a vibrant, bustling, young, and modern city of 8 million in southern China. Just across the border from Hong Kong, Shenzhen and the region around it comprise one of the most active and important manufacturing centers in the world today. (Hint: “made in China” sounds familiar.) The city itself is filled with people, restaurants, smog and shiny skyscrapers. At night freakishly large LED billboards illuminate the sides of apartment buildings and animated RGB neon displays ripple above nightclubs and bars. With a few more flying cars, it might do a good impression of Blade Runner‘s Los Angeles.
For me personally, one of the most interesting parts of this trip was spending some time in the vast electronic markets of downtown Shenzhen. The building pictured above, the SEG Electronic Market, is a focal point in the markets. Bunnie wrote quite a bit about this place two years ago (and it’s all true).