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  • Tim Xiaofeng Lin 3:30 am on September 25, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire and Stuff 


    CREATORS: Robert Beatty and his families (donated to NYSCI)

    It is fascinating to see this model built by common people instead of professionals. The idea of generalization of techniques of making is very well demonstrated.




    CREATORS: NYSCI Science and Technology with COSEE OCEAN and artist, Colleen Flannigan

    The robot has mechanisms such as propellers to control its movement in the pool. The humanistic nature of the robot really makes me want to build my next project to relate to water somehow. I hope to see a camera or something attached to it.



    OWNER: Museum of Interesting Things

    CREATOR: Otto Meuter (around 1935)

    This calculator has a mysterious and inviting nature, which was also the case at the time when it was first introduced in Berlin, Germany by Meuter and also Kuebler, a business man. It can only add or subtract. Numbers are entered with the vertical sliders (one set for positive numbers and one for negative numbers) using the accompanying stylus. The result appears in the circular windows in the middle. Use the pull rod at the top of the right panel to clear/restart.


  • sabotai 12:58 am on September 23, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    World Maker Faire – 3 Projects 


    Our own Adiel Fernandez‘s Physical to Digital Color Mixer was one of my favorite things at the show.  By mixing water from 3 different pitchers representing red, green and blue, one can create a new color to carry over into the digital realm.  I love that Adiel is thinking “outside the box” and doing something as taboo as combining water and electronics.  Check out the video.


    The Rendersphere is a project by the Hoboken Makerbar using rotating LED lights and persistence of vision to create an illusion of movement or dimensionality.  While this is nothing new, I thought the execution was good I love illusions (especially involving light).



    This third project, Sensacell Music Sequencer by Matthew Schlanger, displays light patterns and music that changes with touch.  I enjoyed the hazy, out of focus look of the light and the combination of touch, light and sound.  Unforunately, the sound wasn’t very loud when I was there, but it was still fun to see.   More Info


    -Alec McClure

  • carolkozak 2:18 am on October 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Maker Faire 

    My favorite projects at Maker Faire were from T4D Lab, The Thumby War from Maker Twins, Tangible Lights, the Largest Home Brew 3D printer, the iPhone robot, Graffiti fone and the singing heads.

    T4D Lab was in the sustainable area.  There projects were used mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa where information travel can be a problem.  They developed very simple real world solutions to problems using Arduino.  One is the Mobile Soil Moisture Monitoring System.  He had a simple example to use with the potted plant but he explained that they could easily be made much larger for fields.  When water is scarce this is a very important device to have.  They also developed a simple monitoring systems that alerts you if the temperature in a temperature-regulated box changes at all.  I love how simple and practical their projects are and what a big impact they can potentially have on these populations.

    Graffiti fone is from SENSORSTAR Labs and it turns a smartphone into a virtual paint can on a projection wall.  I think this is a fun idea but could also progress into even more interesting projects.  For example, could you use this technology to create a laser pointer of sorts for PowerPoint presentations?  I also wonder how this would work on a very large scale – projecting during a concert or a halftime event.

    I also liked the Lumiphonic Creature Choir Synarcade Audio-Visuals.  When a note was played on a keyboard a corresponding face opened its eyes and sung.  I found the aesthetic very fun to watch and it drew me in.  I’m not sure what purpose this will serve other than entertainment but it was very entertaining!

    Other cool stuff:


  • Yury Gitman 8:18 pm on December 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    *** Making Toys 5, Public Presentation/Demos *** 


    The Parsons "Making Interactive Toys" MFA Class is having public demonstration/presentations of their projects.
    This class explores playful experience-design with interaction and wireless techniques.  They’ve made "smart" objects the engages users playfully, or into play itself. Their prototypes are documented in this blog.

    Dec 16th / 6:30pm-8:30

    Formal Critique is 6:30-7:30pm,   General Playtesting 7:30-8:30pm

    Formal presentation and critique will be at 6:30-7:30pm. Each student will present their work. 
    General free-from play-testing anyone attending is 7:30-8:30pm

    2 W 13th St., 10th Floor   [Main Lab, Far Corner]
    New York, NY 10011

    Open to Public. Come and play.




    • Subalekha 9:58 am on December 9, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      :-O wher was i??

  • Yury Gitman 10:23 am on September 23, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Interesting Event, Related to Class, Opens Thursday 

    A sculpture garden of readymades

    September 25 – October 25, 2008
    Opening: Thurs., Sept. 25, 6PM
    540 W. 21st St.

    Untethered is a sculpture garden of everyday objects
    deprogrammed of their original function, embedded with new
    intelligence, and transformed into surrealist and surprising
    readymades, including a photocopier that reads the night sky; a PDA
    turned guitar; and a piano that plays the Internet. The exhibition
    features pieces by 15 artists working at the intersection of art and
    technology, including current and former Eyebeam residents and fellows,
    as well as leading international artists.


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