October 5

Daniel MakerBear at MakerFaire Berlin 2016

Hi everybody – Daniel MakerBear is writing again. This time from the MakerFaire Berlin 2016 (and with an own account on the blog of my human Daniel LeMath).

The MakerFaire Berlin took place September 30 to October 2, 2016 – this time in the “Station”. The “Old Post Station” from last year seems to be too small for the many makers this year. Again this is a very appropriate location. As usual I went along with my human Daniel LeMath and the Arduino Group Hannover.

Friday, September 30 was the “Pupils Day”. In the forenoon school classes and their teacher visited the MakerFaire. Some pupils took this as free time, most of them just watch, and some were very interested. Let’s hope, that they keep making.

On Saturday and Sunday the MakerFaire opened for the public. My human took me and his camera on a tour through the halls.

First stop was an older Volvo, which was prepared with Lego plates. The Kids had a lot of fun building additional items on it.

 

Playing Volvo and Lego
Playing Volvo and Lego

 

Then I saw the robotic football players preparing for the next game. They allowed me to sit amongst them for a team photo. Unfortunately during the game they fell over again and again. Nevertheless it was very fascinating to see them walking toward the ball, dribbling and shot a goal.

Football players before the game
Football players before the game

 

Back to the other hall we found the booth of Kaos – a coworking space for art and design. Fantastic exhibits! Especially the canoe in progress. Of course I had to examine it.

A canoe
A canoe

 

Next stop was the booth of Pimoroni. There I found new friends. Too bad, that the unicorn could not change the colour, because we were there too early.

New friends
New friends

 

The Makerschule built Berlin – at least a part of it. They allowed me to sit in their mock-up. Again I felt a little bit like Godzilla, but of course I was careful, so that nothing broke. The pupils had so much work with it. I admired this.

Part of Berlin
Part of Berlin

 

The Wasteländer drove in the exterior with their vehicles. The exterior was a little bit small – not comparable to the one in Hannover. Later they allowed me to sit on one of their vehicles.

The Wasteländers are coming
The Wasteländers are coming

 

Hey this is a funny lamp from berlin-re-cycling! Stuart re-cycles parts of bicycles.

nice lamp
nice lamp

 

And in the neighbor booth I saw the clocks of citybomb. They cut the skylines of cities out of old LPs.

city skylines
city skylines

 

Not far away I saw a car, Mad Max would be jealous of. The builders from Lost Ideas use it for LARP events. Yes – this was the real Thunderdome feeling!

Beyond Thunderdome (or so)
Beyond Thunderdome (or so)

 

Back to the booth of Arduino Hannover. Just in time to see, that Deutschlandfunk sent a life interview directly from our booth. Olaf and Hubert were the spokesmen.

Arduino Hannover interviewed for radio.
Arduino Hannover interviewed for radio.

 

Oh – this is a nice idea. The kids get wristbands with the name the phone number of the parents. So if they got lost, the crew can call their parents. (A ten year old boy to his father: “You have seen everything here. Let’s go on!”)

 

Call your mummy/daddy
Call your mummy/daddy

 

And then this car! A wooden pedalcar, and what a design!! This was one my favorites on the MakerFaire.

Wow! What a car!
Wow! What a car!

 

On another booth kids could build a ball path with wooden rods and hot glue. On a first glimpse it looks fragile. But the guys and girls told me, that it is very stable, which I could confirm.

On the ball path
On the ball path

 

Not far away from the Arduino Hannover booth was the booth of Dremel. They helped my human, because he broke (again!) one of his USB sticks. And they allowed me to test one of their rotary tools. Ear protection is very important!

Using a rotary tool - rather heavy for a little bear
Using a rotary tool – rather heavy for a little bear

And I could examine the interior of a 3D printer – vey interesting!

Looking into a 3D printer
Looking into a 3D printer

 

Phew! Time for a coffee break. The organizers had a special place with coffee and water only for the makers.

Coffee break
Coffee break

 

After the break I could play around with laser experiments. While I sat in the middle of this experiment, the laser was switched off. Otherwise it would be to dangerous for my eyes.

Attention! Laser!
Attention! Laser!

 

The Labitat – a hackerspace in Copenhagen – had funny exhibits. E.g. the Sand Mandala Plotter, which creates figures with coloured sand. An Arduino controls three stepper motors.

At Labitat
At Labitat

 

And finally I could sit on one of the Wasteländer machines.

Sitting on a Wasteländer machine
Sitting on a Wasteländer machine

 

A little anecdote: My human walked over the Faire with his Steampunk outfit. At his forearm he wear his sextant at a wristband. A little boy (4 years or so) asked him “What is this?” His sister (8 years or so) answered “This a sextant. Sailors used this on their sailing ships to navigate.” Wow! Even grownups don’t know this!

The last stop was in the foto bus. Visitors can take a sort of selfies, dressed up or not. Then the fotos can be downloaded from their web site with a personal code. And with the correct Twitter hashtag, they could be printed directly in the bus.

This has to be investigated
This has to be investigated

 

Wow, these were hard two days, but very exciting and inspiring. Time to relax in the hotel.

Finally a bed
Finally a bed

 

See you next year in Berlin (probably), but definitely at MakerFaire Hannover.


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Posted 2016-10-05 by Daniel MakerBear in category "MakerFaire

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