Maker Faire 2014 for an Electronics Maker


This is the third year I am going to the faire, and every year it gets bigger and better. With all the MTA metro work on the weekends its always a challenge to get there, but once you reach the New York Hall of Science it’s like entering Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory ! filled with creativity, Robots, Drones and Mentos Fountains making it a geek paradise.

The flag....we are proud of...

The flag….we are proud of…

The intel Edison

The intel Edison

I feel the main highlight was the talk by Jim Chase, the product manager for Intel Edison. Intel is changing the way people look at Iot(Internet of Things) devices with their new Edison platform. A single tiny board computer that runs YOCTO Linux (YOCTO is also IP friendly) on a dual core 500 MHZ processor along with a 100 MHz MCU for real-time operations which is also equipped with Bluetooth 4.0, 1GB ram and 4GB of onboard eMMC memory. But, Intel did not stop with that. They added onboard wifi (FCC certified) and are also launching a cloud infrastructure for all their Iot devices. This would enable companies to directly buy Iot cloud services and cloud analytics from Intel. The Edison is also designed to be fit into products and the company now partners with design firms that can incorporate the Edison into a product design.

the Hat source:raspberrypi.org

the Hat source:raspberrypi.org

According to James Adams of the Raspberry pi foundation, more and more companies are looking to drop these single board computers into their products . Pi has therefore also come up with compute modules that can directly integrate into products. Like the shields from arduino and capes from BeagleBone, Raspberry pi comes up with its very own ‘HATs’. These HATs come with an interesting feature that enables the pi to auto the HAT and configure its hardware settings to work with that HAT.

There were a few interesting presentations from the BeagleBoard foundation highlighting the PRUs available on the BeagleBone black and the Arduino Tre Project. The PRUs are microprocessors/co-processors that are connected to the main CPU for on the beaglebone for I/O expansion. There are two PRUs available on the BeagleBone black that run at 100Mhz. Using BOTSPEAK you can program scripts to run on these PRUs for time critical operations. Unfortunately, these PRUs do not support interrupt modes but offer a very low latency and are completely real-time since they have no overhead from the CPU or the OS.

Moving on, Belkin is going all in for the Maker community .With their WeMo maker you can now connect your toaster to the internet or program your dryer to send you a message. This pro-hacking WeMo maker has one digital input (TTL 5v) and a controllable relay contact that supports a load up to 24 watts. For their next version, they have promised more I/Os and an ADC. The current version is expected to launch on October 15.

there are cute :)

there are cute 🙂

Apart from all these presentations and talks, the Makerfaire was overflowing with interesting projects and ideas. Robotis came up with their mini humanoid robots and smart servos that make building robots easier. These servos cost around 20$ and you can cascade up to 24 servos on one channel and address them independently by using just 3 wires.

Kettlebug has a new fitness tracker that can monitor the activity of your kettlebell and tell your instructor if you are not doing enough squats ( or may be that was just for me). It was also interesting to see the FirstBuild initiative by GE and Local Motor where you can post ideas for Green technology and GE/Local Motor would build it for you. Interestingly, you also get a royalty for every device sold. The Green Bean project which is a hardware platform that talks to a proprietor GE RF link embedded in all the new GE appliances for diagnostics.

The green Bean   source:https://firstbuild.com/greenbean/

The green Bean source:https://firstbuild.com/greenbean/

Another Interesting product from Carbide Labs was the Pick ‘n Paste machine. This machine applies solder paste, picks and places passives that are up to 0603 packages and ICs with a 0.8mm pitch.

UDOO

UDOO

This was the year of Iot devices! The Linino board from the makers of Arduino Yun makes it easier to connect your project to the internet. The we-io is another board for Iot, but it runs a powerful WRT Linux. The DFROBOT and TAH provides BLE solutions for Iot. Anniken BLE shield for arduino has a powerful UI interface for app development. They was also a few new players to the single board computer like UDOO, Humming Board, Wand Board and RIoT Board

i-robot

I-robot 🙂

Life sized 3d printed humanoids from InMoove were really cool and so was that big 3d printer that printed flower pots.

3D printed vase

3D printed vase

A giant 3D Printer

A giant 3D Printer

Dancing Ferro magnetic particle from CHOREOV, and their choreographic algorithms that turn music to dance.

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you printed!

You could also get your figurine built using the SCAN-A-RAMA .Ultimaker had their launch deal where you would get a free 3d doodler. m3d was selling its desktop 3D printer for 349$.

If you came looking from some high voltage projects, OneTesla was hiding in the kickstarter farm with their singing tesla coil.

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Delta smart faucet

Delta was showing off their innovative faucets and toilets that never get clogged. Brain wave generated music by Lisa Park was another crowd favorite.

Brain wave music

Brain wave music

Around 6pm I finally got time to grab lunch. All in all, it was a day well spent and now its time to MAKE…!!

Day at the MAKERFAIRE 2012


I was super excited to meet all the wonderful, talented and creative makers from all around the world. here are a few of the photos from my trip..

I think maker fair was more about 3D printers this time, they even had a 3D printing farm, Make 3D and a lot of exhibits  on 3d printing and few on shop bot( bot which works on wood). Make also introduced their new Replicator2 the new maker bot from MAKE. they were a lot of goodies from PJ tools and Xprotolab (20$ oscilloscope + logic analyzer . I was quite amazed with the Xprotolab, tiny little oscilloscope and logic analyzer that can fit on your bread board, i did like the I2C logic analyzer it gets rids of all the waveform and shows your the raw data..not bad for a 20$ oscilloscope.

Make also gave away a free edition of the make magazine, in the MAKE stall. I also got to meet PETE from spark fun electronics who does according to PETE, a very friendly guy!!

here we go…

The most innovative make bot ever, and i luv the precision. the B9 creator

Arduinos cant get any bigger…I was happy to hear about the new arduino with the ARM cortex M) now we can play music with the the DAC on chip (it works… saw him do it) and has a debugger and USB host . Loved the speech by ALF the mastermind behind the AVR architecture.

i had always see this on you tube…non Newtonian fluids

and there was light…lots and lots of LEDs

That is eben from raspberry pi, a very inspirational talk, on how he can afford to make and sell raspberry pi made in Wales,UK for 35$.

Me with the Co-Founder of Arduino project, a man with a big heart for opensource….

PETE from sparkfun very humble and friendly…

the Metro card Robot, turned a lot of heads…

This tiny robots are really cute..

and there was music..

and a free 3D-MAKE magazine…

firefox@makerfair to introduce the new webmaker

i did buy a T-Shirt got a few stickers from sparkfun…took the train to times Square…

God bless america….(thanks for reading….)

luv the the MakerFaire and u T….