Rough cut of new video

Big ups to Jason for filming this and John for getting the music splitting feature up and running!

More Maker Fair Videos

John explains it all.  Quote from interviewer with a PhD in physics: “This is really awesome.”

Great video from the Maker Faire, and of course, it leads with our exhibit. :)

Flickr fan photos

Some photos from Maker Faire by flickr fans!

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Peter explains the exhibit

Peter demonstrates the exhibit to enthralled children at Maker Faire 2012.

Press and videos from the Seattle Mini Maker Faire

This past weekend at Seattle Mini Maker Faire was an unquestionable success! We were blown-away by the amount of enthusiasm from the hundreds of visitors to our booth.

Some quotes from participants: ”that is the coolest fish tank I’ve ever seen that doesn’t have fish in it” and “favorite exhibit at Maker Faire.”

Geek Wire featured us in a recap of the event.

Here is a short video of the display taken by a participant:

If you have photos or video of our exhibit, please send them to us!

Thank you to the Maker Faire event organizers, Iginition NW, the other makers, and all of the participants for the great weekend!

 

Maker Faire power-up!

Check out the video below … it’s the complete exhibit, working the night before the Faire!

Countdown to Maker Faire

Nothing clarifies the mind like a hanging.

This week we’ve been extra busy getting stuff actually working for Maker Faire.  Deadlines are always helpful in forcing prioritization of features and tasks, and this one is no different.

Highlights:

  1. Version two of magnet hanging apparatus (made from plexiglass) doesn’t block the spotlights.  This was John’s brilliant upgrade to the wooden prototype we had built earlier.
  2. All of the LED lights are working.  I mentioned in an earlier post that we decided to opt for ‘buy’ and not ‘build’ when it came to soldering a gazillion LEDs.  Now we’ve got half of them mounted (for real) and the other half done temporarily.  It looks great.
  3. Last night’s two-magnet test was pretty sweet.  The increase in light intensity and the fact that it comes from the top and bottom really made the magnetic field visualization pop.
  4. The ‘switchbox.’  It’s not done yet, but it’s looking good … a separate control module to allow observers to safely switch the polarity of any magnet on or off.

Lowlights:

  1. Explosions.  We had one thermistor explode (with real flames) on Wednesday night and one magnet melt down fairly spectacularly.  We changed the design of the mount to reduce the likelihood that the enamel on the magnet wire gets damaged while being mounted.
  2. Glare.  As new information trickled in from Maker Faire about the booth setup and various restrictions around fireproof fabric, it seems that we’re going to have to get this thing to look awesome even in a well-lit room.  That’s too bad because the thing really looks its best in the dark.  We’ve got a few schemes to reduce glare, but we haven’t exactly figured out what we’re going to do.  Major project for tonight.

More to come!

Also … there are no more friends and family tickets available.  But you can still buy ahead of time!