Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Maker Faire 2014 Highlights: Miscellaneous

AeroTestra has a fully waterproof UAV with 20 minutes of flight time.  They’ve instrumented it with water quality sensors and measured local bodies of water for salinity.

TechGyrls is a collaboration of the YWCA of Silicon Valley, Intel and TechShop to create an after-school program just for 5-14 year old girls.

GIGAmacro sells a gigapixel macro imaging rig for a few thousand dollars.  They put a DSLR camera on a 3-axis gantry rig the size of a Shopbot Buddy then take hundreds of photos, merging them into a single wide depth of field image using Zerene and AutoPano.  This is very much like Google’s Art Project scans of famous paintings, but with more Z-axis capacity.  So it’s a sort of combination large flatbed scanner and microscope.

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This 70 pound 3d-printed vehicle is really quite impressive in person.  This isn’t just a cookie-cutter RC car sled:

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