What we saw at Maker Faire 2018

Maker Faire Bay Area is a really great opportunity to show off the interactive technology that we’ve been working on.  It’s also a trill to see and hear about new ideas from attendees and Maker exhibits.

Here’s what caught our attention:

TapGlo Ping Pong

We’re a little biased because they were our booth neighbors, but what a cool take on the ping pong game.  This special light-up table can sense where a ball lands and can change the color of squares accordingly.  You can then play games where you try to hit the ball onto certain areas of your opponent’s side of the table.  A funny side effect was that dozens of ping pong balls ended up in our booth, which we were happy to pass back over.  This was a hit with the crowd too.  We wish we had a chance to play more, but the lines were too long!

Check out their website.

Ritual Coffee

Maker Faire 2018: Ritual Coffee

Ritual is here every year with their fabulous Sputnik coffee trailer, keeping us caffeinated during our long days at the show.  Drip, cold brew, lattes, and espresso all from one of the best coffee roasters out there.

Furrion Exo-Bionics Mech

Maker Faire 2018: The Furrion Mech

Totally didn’t expect to see anything so crazy this year.  The human pilot on this Furrion mech gave walking a go for the first time on asphalt.  We watched it lurch forward with hesitant, massive, and suspense-filled baby steps.  The mech mirrors movement of the human pilot, so there’s a huge learning process involved, which we had the opportunity to view real-time.

LED Luminescent Grand Piano

Robot dance party at #MakerFaire2018

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The this light-art piano’s coolness was only exceeded by the talent of the piano players.  It was a pleasure to hear your music, William!  Thank you for Luminescent Grand!

Rabid Transit

Steampunk meets singed eyebrows.  Loud and fire-y and very unique.

Rock the Bike

A pedal-powered stage.  All of the power generated from Rock the Bike’s special bikes is transferred to the stage to keep the music coming!

Unusual Cards

Maker Faire 2018 - Unusual Cards

Pizza Jesus.  It’s always a pleasure to see these Unusual Cards.

Chronos Camera

Maker Faire 2018 - Chronos high-speed camera

The Chronos camera by Kron Technologies represents ultra-high speed photorgraphy made available to normal folks who can’t spend $18k on a camera.  They stopped by our booth and gave us a live demo of our Monkey Light Pro in slowmo.  Very cool.

Burn Hot Sauce

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Aaron went by the Burn Hot Sauce booth, and seems really enthusiastic about their variety of organic, fermented hot sauces. He bought three different kinds and says his favorite is the Bulgarian Carrot Pepper sauce, but the Serrano and Golden Cayenne are also pretty great. The Agave spirit barrel-aged, fermented sauce apparently had a “really interesting flavor”, and he’ll probably check out their chili powders and pickles at some point.

Thanks for a great show!

It was a pleasure seeing all these other makers in action.  Until next year!