Hundreds of large companies, startups, maker spaces, and scientists converged at Maker Faire, held at the New York Hall of Science in Queens.
Makers big and small came with curiosity to play with hundreds of projects. Click through to view some of our favorites.
University of Arizona student Matt Bunting created this spider-like robot using an Ardunio board and an Intel Edison chip driving 21 motors. Bunting also wrote software to let the robot to test its legs on a variety of terrain conditions.
Inside the Blue
To showcase the power of the Intel Galileo board, engineers created autonomous floating robots able to sense waves in the air. Inside the Blue, a community project between the Noise agency and Intel, features creatures that detect different invisible waves using the sensor capacity of the Galileo. The invisible waves — in this case, WiFi — are converted and displayed into light, sound, or motion. This floating whale would seek out the strongest wireless signal and flash its LEDs to map dead zones.
Watch out for these two guys — they'll take you down with remote controlled Nerf darts in a flash. The Freescale demo is based on its K64F controller and uses an accelerometer to sense which direction to turn its sights.
Aiming to decrease the number of hand and arm injuries caused by extravehicular activity during space missions and training, NASA designed specialized gloves to resist debris. The new gloves incorporate smart textiles, moisture control, dust-tolerant lightweight bearings, and low-torque finger/thumb joint designs. At Maker Faire, the gloves were placed in a pressurized container to show the difficulties in outer space movement with new and old gloves.
Quinn, the 13-year-old CEO of Qtechknow, used a custom Arduino board and Android figures to create reactive robots. Using an LED matrix, transceivers, and ArduSensor light, the robots' light displays change based on which direction the LED is facing. Robots with lights pointed directly at each other would display hearts on their screens, while a robot turned away would display a “Z” for sleepiness.
Just for the halibut, Richard Carter, John Schroeter, and a team of more than 30 volunteers created the Sashimi Tabernacle Choir, a fixture in the Houston, Texas, art car scene. Carter uses custom boards to program 250 fish and lobsters to sing in time, programming each song to correspond with fish movement.
Makers lined up dozens deep to solder their own soundboards using relays from old washing machines and other LG products alongside an Atmel microprocessor. A light sensor controlled the speed of the song — the more light exposed to the sensor, the faster the song would play.
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