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Part science fair, part county fair, part something entirely new. This is how Maker Faire describes itself.
New York Maker Faire set up for a spectacular weekend at the NYSCI or New York Hall of Science. Since I’ve worked for the Tech Museum of Innovation and recently been Innovator of the Month with Children’s Creativity Museum, I was especially excited to see the museum. However! With all the Maker-Faire-ness, it was quite overwhelming inside the actual hall, so I happened to see a pretty amazing 3D printer creating a giant vase and a hovercraft. Pretty special to have these technologies represented here.
Where were we stationed? Well, we found the Electronics tent behind the Radio Shack soldering tent and the Intel booth. I knew we were ready to present to our clients and partners when our new faire materials arrived…Schwag-tastic.
I adore our new stickers, pins, and Lollypops! And when our customers take the plunge to go WiFi with Linino ONE, we have snazzy bags for them to keep! Beautiful from our design team in Switzerland.
The faire wouldn’t be complete without several photos with the #MakerFaireRobot, and there were 2 standing guard in our area. The robot has been photographed with so many makers, innovators, visitors, and children. Such a fun tradition and I will keep it alive! As soon as they were out of their kennel, I took #Arduweenie and #Linweenie over to the other Robot!
Turned out that #Arduweenie and #Linweenie were pretty popular at the Faire this year! I was so proud of them! As guests would visit the Linino.org booth, I would assess with them if they knew what a microcontroller is or where I needed to start with them to get them up to speed!
If you visited our section of the Electronics tent, you’d hear me say something like this….
“We are Linino.org and we make Linux microcontrollers for Internet of Things. We all know what microcontrollers are because we have MICROwaves and remote CONTROLS 🙂 Inside those devices is a computer chip programmed to do some basic functions, when I press “3””0″”0″ – cook my food for 3 minutes, when I press the up arrow – turn the volume on the TV up. An open hardware microcontroller like Linino is for both prototyping and permanent projects. You connect Linino to a circuit and then you change your mind, adjust the code, add a resistor, add a capacitor, remove a transistor, etc. You prototype. When you have settled on your project being exactly what you are intending, then you can choose to solder your components together and install them in whatever device or housing you’ve envisioned. I love to solder directly to the leads of the Linino ONE because that is more reliable than inserting a jumper wire and bending the header pin over the side. The Linino ONE has leads that fit directly and snuggly into a breadboard, so some makers may choose to still leave their components relatively impermanent which is fine as long as they are all securely inserted into the breadboard.”
“What makes Linino ONE, and other modules in our line, so exciting to a maker like me? 1) they are wireless – any maker project you’re dreaming of can now be controlled from your web browser or smart phone 2) Qualcomm Atheros Linux processor! This means you can use any programming language that you or a software engineer prefers, or still use Arduino IDE on the Atmel chip side 3) Designed for Internet of Things – this module is very powerful and for makers and beyond will help to create our connected world and smart home technology.”
“#Arduweenie and #Linweenie here will be featured in the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco. Arduweenie is connected to a microcontroller and also to the wall outlet to power the RGB LED strip that wraps around the little dachshund frame! Linweenie on the other hand is controlled by a Linino ONE microcontroller, so wirelessly, museum guests will be able to connect to an app on their smart phone and change the functions or patterns that the RGB LED strip are exhibiting. I can’t wait to get this all set up because if all the dachshund creations I make use Linino ONE, then I don’t have to crawl up into the museum cubby space where they are going to be displayed. I simply use the app on my phone to change their patterns. Far easier than getting a ladder, my laptop and a USB cable just to change the light patterns!”
Overall the faire was a great opportunity to reconnect with the great staff who run Maker Faire and Make magazine, friends I’ve met at other Maker Faires, and start new Maker relationships with New York and other east coast makers. Looking forward to returning in November perhaps…more on that later!