In the first of a two-part series, we visit Make magazine’s second annual Maker Faire in the SF Bay Area. There we meet Dale Dougherty, the editor and publisher of Make and founder of the Maker Faire. We also learn about Art Center College for Design professor Phillip Van Allen’s open source hardware and software for creating interactive objects and tools called Net Connect, that he developed in collaboration with Moto. John Dyer shows us his homemade Tesla Coil and ITP student James N. Sears explains his inspirations for Orb and UltraOrb, 3-D displays he made using rotating LCDs.

Cool Hunting: Maker Faire 2007: Part One – Link.

In the second installment of our video covering Make Magazine’s second annual Maker Faire we meet some interesting characters. Mister Jalopy shows us his urban guerrilla movie theatre. A homemade DIY portable projector, Jalopy can take the movies anywhere with his trusty tricycle. Then it’s on to the battling robots. First, there’s Josh Mehlman and his beer keg bot followed by Matt Maxham and his carefully thought-out fighting machine. Watch these two work up a sweat as they play with their joysticks.

Cool Hunting: Maker Faire 2007: Part Two – Link.