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For The Guild!
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 10.29.2013 Groups

There’s a new guild in town, but if you’re looking to do some questing you might be better off booting up your MMO of choice. The Fairfield County Makers Guild is a group dedicated to technology education and community projects. We ran into their stall at the Maker Faire in New York last month, where they were showing off some of their robots.

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Deep Imager 5: Bringing a New Light to 3D Printing
by Kyle Patrick Cayabyab ▪ 10.25.2013 News

Elite Imageworks is a team of Makers who introduced the Deep Imager 5 to the Maker Faire. The team won a competition that allowed them to bring their product to the event. We discovered their table near the Esurance display and saw a sleek chassis that piqued our curiosity.

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The BioLite KettlePot
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 10.22.2013 News

As an avid camper and technology enthusiast, I was very excited to learn about BioLite’s efforts to bring eco-friendly technology to the outdoors when we visited the Maker Faire in New York last month. BioLite is a tech company with a vision: their slogan “energy everywhere” couldn’t be more succinct: their main product is the BioLite CampStove which is an economic, lightweight stove powered by small sticks and kindling. The device uses what I call a thermoelectric energy loop: the heat from the flame passes through a thermoelectric generator (TEG), which in turn powers a fan that stokes the flame. Those familiar with thermodynamics might find that counterintuitive, but it’s the kindling that fuels the system. The fan combined with the shape and structure of the stove turbo-charge the heat while containing most of the smoke. The icing on the cake is that the CampStove can power/charge electronic devices through a USB connection on its side using extra power generated from the TEG!

The BioLite Kettlepot (right) next the flagship BioLite CampStove.

The BioLite Kettlepot (right) next the flagship BioLite CampStove.

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Noah Huppert’s Leap Motion Marionette
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 10.11.2013 Editorial

Young talent is often as inspiring, if not more inspiring than older role models.

We met Noah Huppert, 15 years of age, displaying his motion controlled marionettes at the Maker Faire in New York.  The demonstration uses a Leap Motion device to track hand movements which translate to control of a marionette rendered on his laptop.  The puppet program is built atop the Unity game engine.

Noah (second from left) explains his Leap Motion Marionette to the crowd at the Maker Faire.

Noah (second from left) explains his Leap Motion Marionette to the crowd at the Maker Faire.

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Sphero 2.0: Gyroscopic Robot Brings VR Into the Real World
by Ryan Sailor ▪ 9.28.2013 News

Sphero might possibly be my new favorite toy.  It’s a robot, a controller, and a virtual reality game all wrapped in one.  When we caught site of it at the Maker Faire in New York, Kyle and I knew we had to write an article on it.  Of course we had to try it out, too.

It's like a hamster ball without the hamster.

Major Ramp Action.  This ball has some horsepower.

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Tech Marinade’s Trip to the World Maker Faire! (Part 2)
by Kyle Patrick Cayabyab ▪ 9.26.2013 Editorial
Busting some moves

Busting some moves

Returning to the World Maker Faire with tired legs and shorts this time, Tech Marinade seeked out the Makers that were missed on day one. Check out Part 1 of this feature if you missed out!

Faigle Labs

Making it possible for anyone to build a ridiculously large quad-rotor.

Making it possible for anyone to build a ridiculously large quad-rotor.

Faigle Labs introduced a take on the quad rotor as it presented its first product. What looks like  a mix between GI Joe and Power Ranger Megazords is essentially a kit providing users with the ability to construct their own custom quad rotors. This kit comes with just the control board, users will have to find their own RC helicopters or construct their own rotors. On the bright side, a phone app is available that will allow for increase customize-ability and configuration options.

Non professionals can obtain this kit for free once it hits launch! There will be a charge for commercial use.

Gabotronics

World's Smallest Oscillascopes

World’s Smallest Oscilloscopes

Sporting the world’s smallest oscilloscopes, electrical engineer Gabriel Anzziani and his company Gabotronics seek to provide small tools for makers and engineers. The Xprotolab may be the key to making electrical analysis more accessible and open up the door to more DIY innovations. Anzziani has also recently begun a kickstarter for a more stylish take on the Xprotolab. An oscilloscope watch. You can also read more about Gabotronics here.

You can pick up the Xprotolab for $49.

E&M Labs – Skallops

A fun way to create on the fly

A fun way to create on the fly

Offering creative pathways for children and adults alike to build entertaining contraptions, E&M Labs presented Skallops. These clam-like pieces act as versatile connectors for card based creations or anything else one can imagine. Tech Marinade had a joyous time making planes and a hat that ended up become a mask reminiscent of Bane. E&M Labs have launched a series of successful Kickstarters and is a company to look out for.

You can grab the Junior Set for $19.95!

Vision Education & Media – Robofun

Promoting tech to children, one robotic step at a time

Promoting tech to children, one robotic step at a time

For over 15 years, Laura Allen has been working with teachers and children promoting technology based learning. To accomplish this, Robofun, an educational program teaching robotics and game design to children was started by Vision Education & Media. There are currently over 60 programs around the New York area with funding from many partners and affiliates. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to let their child explore their technological interests.

VoltSet

Making smart phones even smarter

Making smart phones even smarter

Bringing more ease to the maker and engineer, Tom Wang created the VoltSet smartphone multimeter. This device being no larger than a deck of cards allows for increased effectiveness and lowered encumbrance that many of the brick like multimeters cannot provide. The VoltSet is currently available for preorder from the main website. You can read more about our thoughts here.

More to come…

We have seen some fascinating creations at the World Maker Faire and have met even more fascinating people! Detailed articles on our finds, even ones mentioned here, will be rolling out over the next week.

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