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My closing moment of World Maker Faire 2011 took place inside of Braindrop, a reflective sculpture by Kate Raudenbush. I took this photo looking up at its chandelier. A perfect moment to remember a great event, and BrainDrop is the perfect word to recall it … I hope everyone is inspired to keep learning to do and make new things until we do Maker Faire again next year. –Dale Dougherty

And just like that, it was over! Maker Faire New York 2011 has come to its conclusion. Please enjoy some images from the weekend.


Sean Montgomery’s hacked EEG mind game, Choscillator – relax, focus, relax, focus!


As I turn the corner onto the Rocket Roundabout, I do a double-take as a marching band in radioactive jumpsuits known as Glank parades by banging on gas tanks and saw blades. So Maker Faire! –Blake Maloof


Randy Geile has developed several open designs for wheelchairs that can be made inexpensively using standard bike parts, lumber, and other materials that are common wherever people live.

The indoor recliner shown here has surprisingly comfortable cushions made from plastic water bottles and sewn t-shirt material. Other models are designed to run on dirt, grass, and even sand. –Paul Spinrad


David’s salvaged CRT monitors Kinect hack, Screen Things, watches you as you pass by.


Protei is a small drone sailboat designed to drag long, flexible oil-absorbent booms (e.g. VandoClean 6018-b polypropylene) downwind from marine oil spills in order to mop them up. Dragging a long tail renders boat rudders less effective, so Protei’s entire flexible foam hull curves left and right as the boat tacks back and forth upwind, enabling it to snake across the spill area and capture the spill. –Paul Spinrad


The folks at RadioShack, who were also Presenting Sponsors of World Maker Faire, had a great booth set up, showing people how to solder up their own LED flashlights. Yesterday, I watched individual adults and kids, dads and daughters, fathers and sons, and families learning how to solder and building their own flashlights. For smaller kids, they also had RadioShack Electronics 101 Snap Kits avalilable to play with. –Gareth Branwyn

Thank you everybody, for creating a beautiful event this weekend. Until we meet again … keep making!

Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.


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