Tag Results for Maker Faire (26)

  1. DIY R2-D2

    Spectrum's Josh Romero talked with R2-D2 builder Steve Simmons at Maker Faire to find out how this screen-accurate, home-built, VEX-brained replica works. For more on how to build your own droid, check out http://www.artoo-detoo.net/.

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  2. The Babbage Engine: More family fun Silicon Valley style

    Ahh sunny California, where weekends are for beach picnics and hikes among the redwoods and rides on cable cars fighting crowds to see strange mechanical and electronic contraptions in operation. The first weekend in May I packed my kids into the car and headed off to the Maker Faire in San Mateo, where, after an hour sitting in traffic behind other geek families, we repeatedly watched a life-sized recreation of the game of Mousetrap go through its paces. Last weekend the big draw was the opening of the Babbage Exhibit at the Computer History Museum in Mountain …

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  3. Maker Faire Highlights: Good ol' Moore's Law at Work

    In contrast to projects that were throwbacks to the electronics of yesteryear, some Maker Faire gadgets would be impossible to build without increasingly cheap and small microprocessors. Take John Maushammer's booth, for example. Last year, he managed to shrink down the video game Pong to wristwatch-size. You don't play the game yourself; instead, the computer inside plays both sides, scoring a point for the right every minute, and a point for the left every hour. Now, armed with a more powerful microprocessor, John is working on a watch version of the arcade game Asteroids. He's programmed the tiny ship to …

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