Monday, October 3, 2011

Ft. Wayne Regional Maker Faire

Things conspired against me for my trip to the Maker Faire in Ft. Wayne. The weekend before my basement flooded and I had to completely tear down my entire electronics studio. This left me without a lot of opportunity to finish the integration of the pen up/down mechanism in my drawBot prior to taking it. I got it working and managed to successfully draw one .svg file before having to tear it back down for transport. Needless to say when I got there on Saturday morning I spent several hours of show time trying to get it to work again and never succeeded. So I fell back to drawing Hilbert curves again, like at Detroit. I tried and failed to get it running again Sunday. Then my laptop became grumpy and decided it had had enough. So, I packed it in early and left about 11:00.

Even with all the problems I still really had a good time. I managed to con my 11 and 13 year old kids into coming with me. That meant I had company, and they got to see their first maker faire. They hung with me all day Saturday, and didn't complain once about being bored. The folks from TechVenture did a great job putting on the Faire. I will come back next year, and recommend the event to all Makers.

See the few pictures I took here.