Hostedin San Mateo, California's Event Center this past weekend, Maker Faire Bay Areawas buzzing with inventions and gadgets of all kinds, and attracted 150,000people. There were racing drones, solar-powered vehicles, life-sized robots,coding stations, a whole lot of LEGOs, and so much more. Below are fiveinnovative technologies that caught Electronic Products' attention at theself-proclaimed greatest show and tell on Earth.
Bypartnering with Chinese semiconductor company, Allwinner, the startup was ableto figure out how to reduce costs in order to make the computer affordable foreveryone.
Various Makeblockrobots shows at Maker Faire.
Chinese-basedopen-source construction platform, Makeblock, drew in crowds of all ages atMaker Faire. The startup allows you to build anything that comes to mind withits kits, from wiggling robotic caterpillars to reliable 3D printers. No matterwhat your ideas are, Makeblock provides numerous mechanical parts, electronicmodules, and software such as beams, connectors, plates, motors, sensors,brackets, drivers, and controllers to bring them to life.
Foundingpartner and designer Thomas Deckert is pictured above holding PocketCHIP, infront of a life-sized display of the technology.
Poweredby a $9 computer, CHIP was created by Next Thing Co., a small team ofCalifornia-based engineers and artists turning the dream of a lower-costsingle-board computer into a reality. The board is open-source, runs a flavorof Debian Linux, is equipped with a 1GHz R8 ARM processor, 512MB of RAM, and4GB of eMMC storage.
Thecompany's MegaPi, a microcontroller board based on ATmega2560 can control andcombine different types of motors, drive 10 servos, eight DC motors, and fourstepper motors simultaneously, with a maximum output current of 10A. It's thefirst board to connect Arduino and Raspberry Pi.
Roy the Arduino-poweredrobot is made of laser-cut plywood.
Thehuman-sized robot named Roy is an Arduino-powered animatronic characterconstructed from laser-cut plywood and 52 hobby servos. With his deep voice andmoving arms, head, and realistic facial features, this Terminator-like machinewas one of the most eye-catching projects on exhibit at the show.
SAM blocks are the LEGOs of electronics.
SAMis a wireless electronics kit with a goal to make it easier for children oranyone with an idea for a connected project to get building. With itsdrag-and-drop app, anyone can learn the basics of programming and become aninstant inventor.
Dubbedas the "electronic LEGO," there are 15 different wireless blocks, all with aspecific talent. You can click, push, twist, or slide sensors to make actorsflash, twirl, buzz, or move, but that's just the beginning — combine yourblocks' talents to build Internet-powered robots and smart mailboxes, or designyour very own automatic cookie dispenser.
Control your sewing machine with an Arduino.
Asewing machine controlled by an Arduino is certainly unique, and it drew quitesome interest at Maker Faire. Showcased by the South Bay Knitting Meetup Group,items of all kinds, such as quilts and scarves, are created regularly, andthanks to a computer-powered sewing machine, more efficiently.