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16 Awesome DIY Projects We Saw at Maker Faire

16 Awesome DIY Projects We Saw at Maker Faire
Robots, fire sculptures, 3D printers and the wacky side of hardware

Maker Faire is a two-day celebration of hardware hacking, extreme DIY, robotics, fire art and a touch of steampunk held every year in Silicon Valley. Think Burning man meets a high school science fair. Steve Wozniak and Adam Savage from Mythbusters are regular speakers. One year OK Go played a concert underwater. You can learn to solder, enjoy the giant Diet-Coke-and-Mentos fountain, ride around on a robot giraffe or a giant dalek, try out 3D printers and computer-controlled laser cutters or meet R2D2. Some of what you see will make its way into Kickstarter projects and products you can buy; some will stay as quirky and improbable fun. Here’s our pick of this year’s top Maker Faire exhibits.

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    leakingpaint , May 26, 2012 9:31 AM
    Can someone explain picture 14 for me? So it's just a speaker in a can plugged into an audio device like an iPod / similar ? Then the can makes it louder / reverb?
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    Anonymous , May 27, 2012 12:37 PM
    ^^ It's just an amp and a speaker in a can....
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    yuenchien , May 29, 2012 7:26 AM
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    perdeabc , May 31, 2012 12:37 AM
    this bag is intentionally made to be imperfect. It's been distressed and then distressed some more by a unique manufacturing process,
    Givenchy resulting in a downright beaten, weathered, and non-uniform look. This PATENTED TREATMENT guarantees that no two Givenchy handbag are exactly alike. Because each "skin" is unique in the way it absorbs color, Givenchy nightingale stretches and shrinks, each finished bag is distinct in its color, tonality, and texture. The resulting shape and size may also vary slightly.
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    blackns , June 1, 2012 1:29 AM
    what's the name of that magazine that has all the exciting new technology coming out? It would have something like that electroluminescent stuff in it if that helps....
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    marybranscombe , June 2, 2012 12:31 AM
    hi leakingpaint - it's an amp for playing an instrument through rather than a simple speaker for an iPod; an electric guitar or even a slinky becomes audible ;-)
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    Anonymous , October 2, 2012 2:00 PM
    Where can I get some of that "powered wood?"
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    dark_lord69 , November 2, 2012 7:07 PM
    Bare Paint would be awesome to use for console mod chip installation for those that don't want to solder wires.
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