OMG MAKER FAIRE SEGWAY POLO PLAYING

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Um, I went to the Maker Faire at the San Mateo Expo Center today (good way to cure a hangover) because some of my friends students were showing off a microprocessor that they built themselves and I saw some weird stuff:

- Wozniak and cronies playing Polo on Segways on a grassy field

-a Linux cluster running on biofuel

-some kind built a weird bike where you ride a witchy broom and point the broom to steer, very simple and cool

-some pretty crazy robots, some kinda Burning Man-ish alas, some good ones.

so yeah . . .

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Monday, 24 April 2006 01:35 (eighteen years ago) link

oops, should say "some kid built a"

still hungover

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Monday, 24 April 2006 01:39 (eighteen years ago) link

burning man-ish is a great descriptor.

the unbearable lightness of peeing (orion), Monday, 24 April 2006 03:37 (eighteen years ago) link

The best robot of the day was mounted on an electric wheelchair, had a video camera and a TV screen face, upon which was projected the face of the man ("Larry", natch) who was remote controlling it from a secret location. It would wobble and grind and roll around the convention, with Larry seeing and hearing things (poorly) through some mics/cams and engaging curious onlookers in rudimentary conversation.

ROBOT: "HI!"

RANDOM DUDE: "Hi, um, how's it going, Larry?"

ROBOT "Good"
(nervous sideways tic look)
"I guess"

RANDOM DUDE: "Mind if I take your picture?"

ROBOT: "Go for it!" etc etc. etc.

The robot was wearing a lanyard with a photo-I.D. name tag that said Larry and showed its owner/inventor/controller.

It was that kind of day.

The subwoofer mounted in an ottoman was cool, and so were many of the USB/controller devices that various people had built.
A general mixture of Silicon Valley, science fair, Renaissance faire (SCA types were present), Geek Squad/Yahoo recruitment drive and Robotspeak gearhound-ishness was going on.

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Monday, 24 April 2006 04:17 (eighteen years ago) link

http://www.thrillingdetective.com/images2/riptide.jpg

/me aaaaaaaaaa (eman), Monday, 24 April 2006 05:14 (eighteen years ago) link

Coolest part for me personally was meeting the woman who designed this:

http://www.ladyada.net/make/x0xb0x/index.html

Her name is L1m0r Fr13d and she's pretty intense.

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Monday, 24 April 2006 17:37 (eighteen years ago) link

WHEREIN WE READ BOINGBOING

JW (ex machina), Monday, 24 April 2006 17:40 (eighteen years ago) link

are you "pwn"-ing me right now?

cuet!

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Monday, 24 April 2006 18:17 (eighteen years ago) link


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