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floss1 Test Your Dental Floss at the Consumer Reports Booth

A floss durability tester

Have you been wondering about the durability of your dental floss?

Neither have we.

But the people from Consumer Reports — this is exactly the kind of thing they’ve been thinking about, since 1936.

And they have the machine, above, to prove it.

You can find it in their booth in Zone C, along with venerable contraptions to measure consumer devices of old.

But Consumer Reports is here at Maker Faire to say that they are still on the case, testing smart phones and other contemporary devices.

If you are unfamiliar with Consumer Reports, they are a wing of the non profit Consumers Union, which is dedicated to empowering consumers to protect themselves.

Consumers Union also advocates in favor of broader issues, like standardization. They are advocating for standardization in smart phone plugs. Is that a noble cause, or what?

The publication puts a ton of their information online for free on their site. (There’s an early review of the new Apple iPhone 5S up on the site now.) Access to the real deep database dives is $30 a year. But for Maker Faire attendees: just $20. Go here for that bargain.

Or stop by their booth. Two Apple iPads will be on display to enable Faire attendees to research CR’s deep database.

DC Denison

DC Denison

DC Denison is the editor of The Maker Pro Newsletter, which covers the intersection of makers and business. That means hardware startups, new products, and market trends.

The former technology editor of The Boston Globe, DC is also interested in content management systems.


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