Maker Faire: Aquatic Robots, Quantum Levitation, and the Future

Maker Faire started in 2006 and is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a general celebration of the Maker movement. It’s part science/tech fair, part county fair, and part… something else.

You can find talks from makers like Adam Savage of Mythbusters, science fiction authors like Daniel Suarez, hands on workshops like learning how to solder, A Game of Drones, and shows like Arc Attack - which is an “electrifying” music show - that’s choreographed with Tesla coils, which It is used to produce high-voltage, low-current, high frequency alternating-current electricity - it looks like a miniaturized lightning show.

This week we talk to Maker’s like Eric Stackpole of OpenROV, which makes open-source underwater robots; Rick Johnson of Technical Illusions about their AR/VR reality glasses; and Dylan Dixon, an 8th grader who was there demonstrating Quantum Levitation.

Of course, 40% of Maker Faire’s attendees are children. I also talk to a few of them to see what they had to say.


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