The first thing you notice when you approach the annual Bay Area Maker Faire are the flames — as in, the huge steampunk octopus hurling huge balls of fire from its wriggling tentacles.
The second thing you notice are the crowds. Last year, 120,000 people attended, and this year’s attendance was predicted to reach a similar level. If you think robots and other home-brewed electronics are a niche interest, well, try telling that to the swarms of makers who came to the fair to show off their 3D printers, electronics kits and even edible creations.
But back to that octopus. Huge mechanical creations roamed the grounds at Maker Faire — everything from cars shaped like dragons to wriggling robotic snakes.
Smaller creations filled the tents, and even skies, where experienced makers and startups exhibited their creations.
In the “Dark Room,” ArcAttack‘s musical Tesla coils greeted people as they stepped into a building lit only by strange glowing shapes.
And, of course, it was all about learning and interacting. Attendees had the chance to learn soldering, build basic electronics and come face to face with robots and strange creations of all sizes. Because if there is one rule among makers, it is that you spread your ideas far and wide to inspire the next generation.