View Full Version : The Robots Are Coming to Town


Punjabi
04-16-2010, 01:52 AM
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If you live in New York and don’t like giant robotic muffin bicycles or fire-breathing robots, you might want to skip town in September. Maker Faire, the fair for geeks from all walks of geekiness, is heading to New York, and is likely to bring along these and other oddities.

If you’ve never been to one of these events, you’re in for a surprise. A Maker Faire is the home to mind-boggling contraptions built by robotics hobbyists, amateur rocket scientists and electronics enthusiasts.

In one corner of the fair, you can see a 3-D printing robot next to a giant robotic spider, turn a corner and you’re faced with fire sculptures and a giant life-size version of the children’s game Mouse Trap.

Don’t worry, the robots haven’t attacked fairgoers — yet.

Maker Faire was started in April 2006 in San Mateo, Calif., as a way to showcase the growing so-called maker-and-tinker community. Since then, the fair has branched out to other cities and countries, appearing in Austin, Tex., and Newcastle, England, among other places.

John Schwartz of The New York Times wrote about a California version of the event in 2008, profiling some of the projects and people on display, and discussing the genesis for the fair, Make Magazine. He wrote:

This is part of the Bay Area’s high-tech, adamantly nonconformist culture, steeped in engineering and art and innovation in garages that incubate billionaires and crowded with guys who make late-night runs to the pharmacy for bandages and burn cream. But it is not just a California thing. Make has fans around the world, with a paid circulation of 100,000; its Web site gets 2.5 million visitors each month.