Maker Faire Yearbook 2023

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Make a Sea Creature Hat

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Godwyn Morris
Home: New York, United States
Using just paper, tape & scissors kids will make their own hats with a sea creature theme

I explore

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Xuefeng Zhao
Home: California, United States
A blend of art, toy, furniture and mechanical engineering, designed and hand crafted out of bamboo and wood by myself initially for growing up with my own child. Forms of art, toy and furniture that invites people to touch, think and tinker! Driven by curiosity, Inspired by nature, designed to enjoy life in harmony with nature, created to enrich hands on activities. Now with a mission to reach out and inspire more people.

The Community Science Workshop

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Curt Gabrielson
Home: United States
The Community Science Workshop is a paradigm for science learning based on community, personal experience of real phenomena and lots of interesting junk. He’ll talk about his experience starting and running these places, and how they fit into the whole Make/DIY/STEM education landscape to bring kids and families to take the reins of science and technology.

A Talk on Stark Drones: Changing the Way the World Communicates

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Andrew Kamal
Home: Michigan, United States
Stark Drones is an emerging startup with an intellectually diverse team of talent aiming to tackle some of the world's toughest problems. One of those problems involves the sustainability and environmental friendliness of cubesat and satellite deployment. Andrew believes modern day Aerostats and giant balloons can be the future of sustainable, cost-effective, low earth orbit deployments. Stark Drones is becoming a minor player in the Internet Balloon space and working on really disrupting the industry.

Photo Roboto

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Sam Freeman
Home: California, United States
Photo Roboto is a selfie robot built out of a vintage rangefinder camera, scrap pipe, a thermal printer and a Raspberry Pi. It's an easy build for parties. I'm always nervous when it comes to upcycling antiques, so no permanent changes were made to the camera.

Project Empire

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Empire of Dirt
Home: California, United States
Inspired by the heyday of science fiction concept art, the cryptic history of a canceled NASA mission, and the optimism and hipness of the early 60’s Apollo Rocket Age, Project: EMPIRE (Early Manned Planetary-Interplanetary Roundtrip Expeditions) is the physical creation of a mythological spacecraft and a new anachronistic style we call AEROSPACEPUNK.

Tinker Coop (@ TBS) – Student Movers and Makers

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Tinker Coop (@ TBS)
Home: California, United States
Tinker Coop is a new, non-profit community makerspace based out of The Berkeley School (TBS). In alignment with TBS's mission of civic engagement, our programs are accessible to students and families both in and outside of the TBS community. Come learn about and see demonstrations from our FIRST Robotics teams, participate in crafts led by student makers, and enjoy our multitudinous chicken puns.

Simply Shelter and the microShelter

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: The Simply Shelter Team
Home: California, United States
We, at Simply Shelter, are a Bay Area grassroots non-profit organization. We enable people facing urgent housing insecurities to obtain safe shelter and support. We bring together volunteers like yourself along with fellow service providers to construct and provide microShelters for those experiencing homelessness. During our microShelter Build Days, a wonderfully diverse group of adults and children join forces, bringing a wide range of experiences in order to expand the possibilities for those in need. We invite you to visit our microShelters and learn about the progress of our growing community!

Jennifer Clifford’s adventures in collage

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Jennifer Clifford
Home: United States
Art and accessories inspired by travel and every day adventure.

Manic Pixie Science Girl

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Jun Axup
Home: California, United States
Manic Pixie Science Girl is a singer, songwriter, and scientist in San Francisco, CA. Her life-long love for science education and outreach led her to writing science love song – which she describes as not songs about science, but love songs with science analogies. She sings about DNA, machines learning, particle physics, longevity research, etc. She daylights as a biotechnologist and has a PhD in chemical biology.

Robot On! presents Kung-Fu Fighting Robot SHOTWELL

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Robot On!
Home: California, United States
Team Robot On! presents Shotwell, a Kung-Fu Fighting Robot with 15 metal gear servo motors for forceful punches and lighting quick maneuvers. Shotwell entered the arena for the first time at Robogames 2023, weighing in at 1.9 kg and 14 inches tall, placing fourth in Kung-Fu and taking silver medal in weight lifting. Kung-fu involves 2 remote-controlled robots in a boxing ring throwing uppercuts, side kicks, blocks, and dodges. Shotwell utilizes a leg linkage which keeps the legs parallel to the ground, a waist rotation axis, and beefy 2000 mAh LiPo battery. Designed and built by Kris Magri, a former Make: Magazine intern, piloted by Matt Ebisu, avid robot builder and robotics grad student, and kept in motion by operations manager Patty W.

Cutting Records with Equipment of the Past and Todays Technology

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Razzy Records
Home: California, United States
We've refurbished 1950's era record lathes, originally used to record audio on acetate blanks by radio stations and courts in the era before magnetic tape and digital recording. By adding a modern sapphire stylus, modern amplifiers and computerized signal processing we can cut great sounding audio on polycarbonate discs (or squares) that play on any record player. Experience the fusion of technology and nostalgia as we guide you through process that creates each intricate groove, transforming raw sound into a tangible masterpiece. Time permitting, we will cut 7 inch 'single' records live for Faire attendees (for free, but only original, non-copyrighted sources).

(1) Touch Deep Time; (2) Old copperplate engravings catch new light

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Norman Sperling
Home: California, United States
(1) The layers of the “Geological Column” are pages of Earth’s diary, with the oldest on the bottom, newest on top. I’m collecting the first Geological Column of rocks formed during every epoch in Earth’s history. 41 different strata you can touch, from 3.4 billion years old to contemporary — more than 3 times as many as at Grand Canyon. Backed by a striking striped panel telling ages and what Earth and Life were doing in each epoch. Feel how Earth developed! (2) When copperplate engravings gave way to lithography in the 1970s, an astronomical magazine set aside its old pictures. I've polished them, and turned them into a mobile to catch new light.

Ham Radio Testing

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Bay Area Ham Radio On Site Ham Exams (affiliated with the ARRL)
Home: California, United States
On-site Ham Radio exams – take your exam between Maker Faire events!

Pedal Powered Performance with DJ Evol-T

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Thiago Dias De Andrades
Home: California, United States
My project for the Maker Faire 2023 is a unique and engaging musical performance as DJ Evol-T. What sets it apart is the distinctive pedal-powered element brought to us by Rock The Bike, which adds an environmentally friendly and interactive layer to the experience. I am a multi-genre mixer, electrifying crowds with vibrant sets, artist features, and audience engagement. DJ Evol-T is not just about offering incredibly entertaining performances. It's about engaging the audience actively, pushing the boundaries of traditional music events and promoting an environmentally conscious message. Rest assured, the audience at the Maker Faire 2023 will be captivated by the sustainable, energetic, and highly interactive music experiences that DJ Evol-T along with Rock The Bike deliver.

THING: Building the ”Impossible” Walking Hand

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Raptor House FX
Home: Colorado, United States
How we designed and built the world's first walking animatronic human hand for the record breaking Netflix series, 'Wednesday'. From initial concept, to prototyping, to live performance on the streets of New York City. Jesse will have 4 small animatronics with him to demo and share with the public.

Citizen’s Jazz

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Citizen's Jazz
Home: California, United States
Live music

Motorized Bike, Gas Engine Toddler Trike, and See-Through Engine

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Robert Dane Whitmire
Home: California, United States
I designed in CAD a bicycle frame with an engine mount, then used those measurements to cut, miter, holesaw, then weld together a frame. From there I painted, and assembled using bicycle parts, a Gasoline Motorized Bicycle that can go 30mph legally, get ~120mpg, and is a fully functional vehicle. Also some years ago I welded a mount onto the back of a toddler Radio Flyer Trike, and mounted a 135cc Gasoline Engine onto the back. With some axle modification and a custom made hub, it got up to maybe 20mph, and covered maybe 3 miles before I stopped using it in favor of projects with brakes. As well, I took the internal components of a single cylinder engine, and designed and made a clear acrylic engine block and head to assemble them in, resulting in a great learning tool.

GGLABS – Geiger-Müller Counter

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Gabriele Gorla
Home: California, United States
GGLABS designs and builds a wide variety of electronic devices. This year we introduce our newly designed radiation meter for Arduino. The board is compatible with Arduino Uno, Arduino micro and Arduino MKR. Exhibit has a live meter measuring background radiation plus samples of common items that exhibit weak radioactivity. All our projects are open source and open hardware.

Astro Botanicals Space Garden

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Stanton Clark
Home: California, United States
Astro Botanicals are extra large, illuminated inflatable sculptures shaped like flowers and plants. They can be set up individually as decorations or they can be set up as a large group to create an immersive experience. Their healthy, geometric shapes and changing colors create a transformative atmosphere. Some of the sculptures are like gazebos that people can go inside of, giving them a pollinator perspective.

TriLeene

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Jana McKinny
Home: California, United States
A mutant vehicle collaboration between Elieen the Pearl Peacock and Grizz the Trimule MKIII. Grizz, the three-wheel base vehicle, is a unique mix of go-kart parts, hydrostatic ZTR commercial tractor powertrain and custom-fabricated components created by Billy Powell. Grizz may not be the fastest tripod at the race track, but he can spin in circles from zero to 60 faster than you can yell vomit! Making Grizz the perfect base vehicle to show off the gorgeous aluminum and LED feathers from Elieen the Pearl Peacock created by Kristen Hoard. Elieen, a fan favorite at Burning Man, takes a team of six a full eight-hour day to assemble with the completed vehicle often being too tall or wide for smaller venues. Elieen and Grizz have truely formed the perfect partnership.

Mosi Nova – Touchpad synth guitar

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Mosi Audio
Home: California, United States
The Mosi Nova is a MIDI controller designed to push synthesizers to the next level. It is shaped like a guitar, but has a large touchpad in the body that morphs the sound dynamically based on how it's touched. Instead of strings, it has buttons on the fretboard in the same layout of a traditional guitar, allowing guitarists to play synths in a way that is both intuitive and expressive. It can also be instantly retuned as a six-string bass, cello, or even lefty-flipped. The Nova outputs midi, which allows it to easily communicate directly with a computer, iPad or phone via its USB-C cable. Any standard virtual instrument can be loaded and played, enabling endless sounds and expressive freedom. We've got Novas to play at our booth!

You too can make an electric car

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Patrick Mackey
Home: California, United States
1992 Mazda Miata sports car converted to fully electric. Will discuss the principles of electric vehicles and how most gas cars and trucks can be converted to electric.

Bottango: Easy DIY Animatronics

Faire: Bay Area
Maker: Bottango
Home: Washington, United States
Bottango is easy animatronics and robotics control. Bottango has worked for years to make it easer to control an animatronic. Our powerful free software is used by beginners all the way to theme park professionals. Now, we've just released Maxwell, our first animatronic in a box kit. Maxwell is a build your own animatronic that contains everything you need: servos, structures and mechanisms, power and circuits. As well, Maxwell is built ready to go in Bottango's free software. You learn how to build him using a fun 3d assembly teaching program, and animate him using the same powerful tools tons of robot builders have used to bring their own animatronic creations to life. Come check out Maxwell, or see how Bottango can make it easier to animate your own robot/animatronic!

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