Kickstarter at Maker Faire!

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Maker Faire is a huge gathering of creativity: each year, artists, techies, hobbyists, and a lot more assemble to show off their DIY inventions, gadgets, and hacks. This year’s Bay Area event features over 70 makers who have run Kickstarter-funded projects! You can see a full list of the creators (and get information about Kickstarter events) right here

We asked a few creators to talk to us about what they're showing at Maker Faire.

Nomad, a desk-sized CNC mill for cutting parts with precision.
Nomad, a desk-sized CNC mill for cutting parts with precision.

Jorge Sanchez, electrical engineer, Nomad CNC Mill: We’re bringing the whole team to Maker Faire, along with a few Nomads. We’ll have sample projects so people can get a feeling for the things The Nomad can do, and we’ll demo our CAM software to show how to go from design to part. We want Maker Faire visitors to walk away with a clear understanding of what The Nomad is capable of.

The response has been fantastic and exceed all expectations. We believed there was demand for an easy-to-use desktop CNC mill, and it feels good that other people feel the same way. After Kickstarter we’ll take a day off to catch up on some sleep, then we’ll lock ourselves in the shop and begin production.

Strawbees, a prototyping toy for building things out of straws and cardboard.
Strawbees, a prototyping toy for building things out of straws and cardboard.

Eric Thorstenssen, creator, Strawbees: I will be at the Maker Faire and play with Strawbees with as many people as possible. I really look forward to meeting our backers even though we have had some unexpected delays in production, which is always a bit embarrassing.

I think if you make or create stuff in any way you probably are a maker. I think I have been a maker for many years, especially in the popular definition where there always seems to be a 3D-printer around. I have been fortunate to have had those around me since the late ’90s, but I think making is so much more. I love figuring out how machines work, how things connect and building all things from model airplanes to robots and synthesizers. There's so much fun going on right now with Arduinos, microcomputers and inexpensive electronics components. 

An audio-modulated solid-state Tesla coil.
An audio-modulated solid-state Tesla coil.

CamDAX, creator, Audio-Modulated Full-Bridge SSTC:  At Maker Faire, I show people how electronics is an art medium and how we can make musical and visual art with it. I let people interact with my tesla coils through a piano and with various electronic sculptures. I also let people get shocks from my hand that is being electrified by my tesla coil. This year I am building my own eight-foot-tall tesla coil.

The Clyde, a programmable lamp.
The Clyde, a programmable lamp.

Amanda Williams, creator, Clyde lamp: We're nearly ready to ship so you can expect to see Clyde in his final form, ready to invade homes everywhere. We'll be demoing his out-of-the-box behavior, as well as a very special hack that displays heart rate as a beautiful pulsing light.

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