Monday, August 13, 2012

Recap: "Forever Sensor" at the RI Mini Maker Faire

On Saturday, Rith and I loaded up the car, and took the 30 minute ride down to Providence, RI for the 4th Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire!

During the faire, I had chance to explain the concept of the mystery box, and the rooster call it kept making.  The younger and artistic audience really like the concept of a digital rooster, and the engineers truly appreciated the technical hurdles or the DIY perpetually-powered wireless environmental study project.

At first, the customized Android Tablet, 2 deep cycle marine batteries, the Arduino, the light sensor, the temperature/ humidity sensor, the solar panels and Pelican case seemed like overkill, but once I explained our reasons for the project, a lot of makers started having their own ideas on what they'd do with something like this.
Personally, this was my first time back to the Providence Maker Faire since 2009, but it was a lot of fun, and I can't wait for the Maker Faire in New York!