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“high” point for me. I spent all day there, and went home
tired and psyched!
Exhibits and Booths
The first things that a gawker sees when entering the
“gate” are the booths. The initial display I saw was the
Hackster.io Hack to the Future Delorean. Hackster bills
itself as a community of makers that arrange for everyone
to show off and share their expertise and projects. The
Hackster Delorean is basically a community project to see
how many cool hacks can be stuffed into a car deliberately
chosen as the hacker project of all hacker projects.
The Delorean is a pop-culture icon to those who know
the movies (You know who you are and what I am talking
about!) ... remember the “flaming time travel tire tracks?”
Well, the Hackster Delorean can do that! They have lots of
other projects in the works, so go to the Hackster site to
check things out (Figure 6).
There were plenty of booths promoting learning toys
and classes, so while being lost in a daze most of the time,
I managed to take a few notes about some of the more
interesting (to me) displays. In one booth, Lulzbot showed
3D printer outputs made from the plastic of recycled bottles
called “Tglaze.” It was tough and flexible, and because it
was recycled, doubly cool. The “Structobot” booth —
makers of Kinetic Sand (available at educational toy stores
now) — displayed their Structobot series of toys, which
included some online open source parts to make robots
that will be released soon (Figures 7 and 8).
Combat bots are a crowd pleaser and these Ant and
Beetleweight belligerents and their arenas don’t take up
much space. There were plenty of competitors from all over
the USA there (Figure 9).
Inside were soldering classes, “Maker” workshops, the
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