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We had a great time at the 2015 World Maker Faire. The Great Hall has reopened after renovations.
Gamelatron was set up on the patio outside the hall and formed a meditative place of respite from the high energy of the rest of the faire.
Moat Boat Paddle Battle was hugely popular with their newly built raceway.
There were beautiful interactive flexible robot arms.
The Terrace on the Park formed a fabulous backdrop for the Power Racing Series.
We were completely wowed by the VEC9 vector arcade game. Every aspect of it showed obsessive attention to detail, and the tank controller felt amazing.
This cookiebot was made with the Fizzbit, a USB chargeable vibrobot platform by The Crafty Robot.
The rocket powered go cart was one of the more impressively dangerous projects. There were many more wonders to see, and you can see our full set of pictures from the event in the flickr album.
- Little Planet Factory: 3D printed models of planets and other bodies in our solar system
- Why you should use a resistor with your LEDs
- Smoke & Flame: Finely-crafted artisanal firewood.
- To Scale: The Solar System
- Twitter feed devoted to John Conway’s Game of Life
- Turtlestitch: A block-based (scratch-like) educational programming language for embroidery machines.
- Cookies too big for milk glass? No problem (to a machinist). (YouTube)
- A modern serially controlled 64 bit magnetic core memory
- Netflix goes DIY with “The Switch“
- More from OSHWA about OSHW certification
- A touch-activated blinky badge “how to solder” project
- “That time we almost nuked North Carolina” (Goldsboro, 1961)
The first day of Maker Faire New York was great fun. We’ve found a several great clock projects so far, including this one, featuring image processing running on a Raspberry Pi.
Our friends at NYC Resistor brought a wonderful papercraft seven segment display clock.
At the end of the day, while talking with Tom and Massimo from Arduino, we ran into another maker with a clock project. Welcome to the maker community, Ahmed!
OSHWA, the Open Source Hardware Association, recently released a proposal for what they are calling Open Source Hardware Certification. With some paraphrasing and handwaving, their proposal boils down to this:
- OSHWA will create a new logo and trademark it.
- To license this new trademark, you would need to agree to a contract that says:
- We will only put this trademark on open source hardware (as defined in the open hardware definition).
- If we use the logo otherwise (and do not stop when OSHWA repeatedly asks to stop), we agree to pay a hefty fine.
OSHWA has not yet fleshed out the details — neither the new logo nor the exact contents of that license contract. It’s easy to be cynical about stuff like this. But instead, let’s please give them the benefit of the doubt and suppose that when those details arrive, it turns out that they’ve done a superb job: the contract ends up to be simple, well thought-out, straightforward and does just what it says.
Maybe the new trademarked logo would look something like this mock-up:
Given all of that, would there be a good case for some people to use this certification process? I have mixed thoughts on it. But on the whole, I’m tending towards a “probably.”
We had a great time at the Portland Mini Maker Faire at OMSI this weekend.
It was well attended by humans and robots alike.
There were some great activities including lapidary demonstrations.
We got to see some of the workshop areas at OMSI.
It was great to see our old friend, the Gravitram. The full set of photos is on flickr.