My first glimpse of the New York Hall of Science where Maker Faire was held, was one filled with the bright blue, red and white Maker Faire signs, lines of excited Makers and visitors alike. On my way in, I chatted with a Maker about her most recent knitting project--a 7 foot by 3 foot shawl for her daughter's upcoming wedding that was going to be held practically right next door!
We brought down a variety of demos including a TouchShield Slide with the Paint Program installed, an Android DIY Starter Kit, a Dual-core Android 4 Dev Kit, and a couple of Ambers. Miguel from Long Island dropped by and brought an impressive project where he created a Mancala app using a TouchShield Slide, Lithium Backpack and an Arduino.
After a quick set up, I found myself ready for action. By 10:15, The Arduino Pavilion was teeming with people. It was great to get a chance to interact with such a wide range of people--from those who'd never heard of Arduinos to 11-year olds grilling me on the merits and processing capabilities of one microcontroller over the other. Finding a way to communicate the same concepts to a range of people with different levels understanding was both challenging and rewarding.
|Mike chatted with Will from tested.com about the Amber|
|Those same kids went nuts once they found out that we had installed the Angry Birds APK to one of the units|
Rith, Mike and Justin had things under control, so I snapped a couple of pictures, and snuck away to check out some neat projects
|Katy Perry, The Unicorn was the first project I saw as we came in to setup, so I had to go back and get a quick shot of it. Missed out on the glitter sneezes though!|
|I imagine this project looked really cool by the end of the day on Sunday.|