Meccano Introduces Two New Humanoid Robot Kits at Maker Faire (video)

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The original Meccano concept was extremely innovative and exciting, at least when it was first introduced in 1901. It enabled users in hacking together concept prototypes of mechanical structures, linkages, and movements. Tens of thousands of engineers, researchers, and young learners put the Meccano kits to good use in realising their dreams. They learned what worked, and what would fail, by experimenting with the Meccano metal strips, brackets, girders, wheels, and other components. Now, over a century later, the company has introduced two quasi-humanoid robot kits that they demonstrated at the Bay Area Maker Faire.

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Bay Area Kinetic Artist Displays Spooky “Twilight Zone-Like” Creation (video)

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Mark Galt, a well known and respected Bay Area creator of kinetic art and automata, displayed several of his works at the Bay Area Maker Faire held in San Mateo last weekend. One of his more recent creations, “Sugar Time with Miss Bouffant” set a new high watermark for unsettling spookiness, to the point that it seemed to have been a leftover spirit from the Twilight Zone TV series.

 

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Hacking Micro Copters – Flying Dragons

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I guess it isn’t too surprising, but it hadn’t occurred to me how easily cheap off-the-shelf items like micro-copters can be hacked. At the Bay Area Maker Faire, I ran across quite a few of the under USD$100 mini drones that had been modified by replacing their standard frames with custom designed 3D printed bodies.

A good example is the Dragon Drone pictured above. As long as you maintain the basic geometry, keep the body weight to a minimum and keep it balanced, the modified drone should fly almost as well as the original multi-copter.

Birds, eagles, dragons, UFOs… what will you make fly?

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Massive Robot Band Entertains at Maker Faire Paris 2015 (Video)

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Over the past decade, the Maker Movement has spread across the globe and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down, even for an instant. Maker Faire events are currently staged world wide, with 131 taking place during 2014 in places as far afield as Norway, Mexico, Japan, and China. Of course, not all the events draw massive attendance like the 100,000 makers and maker fans that jam pack the World Maker Faire in New York City every Fall.

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Prep Work For MakerCon and Maker Faire Media Coverage

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Labeling batteries, chargers, and other gear as I get ready for next week’s MakerCon and Bay Area Maker Faire events.

With close to 100,000 people expected to attend the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, it’s going to be a total zoo bordering on chaos. Capturing the right photos and videos in the heat of the moment is a major challenge, but there are some simple things you can do in advance to improve your odds of success.

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Game of Drones Call for Combat Pilots @ Bay Area Maker Faire

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Game of Drones - the fantastic aerial combat competition where multicopters take to the air and try to knock each other out of the sky - is currently accepting pilot and team applications for the May 15th competition that will take place at the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo.

Even if your courage isn’t up for it, you’ll want to put it on your ‘must-see’ list when you attend Maker Faire next month.

Via: Game of Drones Combat Arena @ Maker Faire San Mateo - Game of Drones (San Francisco, CA) - Meetup #robotsdreams
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