relaxed and easy-going atmosphere.
No competition to speak of.
Although, there is still the pressure to
I’ve participated in nine of the 10
Maker Faire happenings, most of
them with the HBRC — all of them
with my faithful Burning Man robot
“Springy Thingy” (Figure 2). I recently
had some bad luck with the Mystery
Machine (my van), so my good robot
building buddy, John Erickson gave
me a ride to the Faire in his truck. We
loaded up the robots and made a
weekend out of it (Figure 3).
The first order of business was to
set up the HBRC booth, which took
most of Friday. This is something new
for Maker Faire 2015 — that is,
opening on Friday. The crowds were a
little lighter — “Industry Day” they call
it — corporate groups, educators,
school kids, and media. It was nice to
have things set up and ready to go for
the throngs on Saturday morning
Maker Faire reminds me of
Burning Man with creativity so thick
you can cut it with a knife. Arts,
crafts, and technology merge, and a
feeling that one person can actually
change the world. I suspect the West
Coast Computer Faire (another San
Francisco Bay Area phenomenon) felt
a bit like this in the ‘70s.
We (the HomeBrew Robotics
Club) had 12 participants and over 20
robots of all shapes, sizes, and variety.
We were located between Nick
Donaldson (King of the Hexapods)
and Bill and Becky Sherman with their
“robots in the classroom” display. The
esteemed Steven Nelson was there
too with his latest obsession,
“Beer2D2” (Figure 5). Watch for
Steven’s chronicle of Beer2D2 in the
August issue of SERVO. These are a
few of his favorite things. In the next
booth down were the boys (ages 14
to 75) of “Ubiquity” robotics — a
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Figure 2. Springy Thingy is my
Burning Man robot ... she has
survived six Burns (1999-2005),
the goal being to leave the event
with a functioning robot.
Photo credit: Bill Sherman.
Figure 3. John Erickson drives his
homebrewed robot, "Charlene"
to the Faire.
Figure 4. Here comes the Saturday morning crowd! Well over
100,000 people attended the event. It's not just a Faire,
it's a worldwide movement.
Figure 5. Beer2D2 in his native
environment. Instead of going for
a beer, the beer comes to you.