Z-Machines, a robot rock band, headlined the fair with several concerts each day.
By all accounts Maker Faire Tokyo was a big success. Ian Lesnet of Dangerous Prototypes was there.
“The fair was huge this year, more rooms and a second building were added. It (was) amazing!”
Ian and his crew took some great photos of the fair. Have a look at the sights and commentary from Ian below and check out all Dangerous Prototype’s coverage here.
Maker Faire isn’t just a place to see cool projects, you get to try things out yourself. At this pan flute workshop straws, cardboard, and rubber bands are combined into a simple DIY musical instrument.
Walking, flying, or rolling, Maker Faire is overrun by bots of all types. A-L-C is an animatronic troll with amazing realistic facial movements.
@awatwi creates a symphony of air bubbles in clear tubes filled with water. An array of servos press or release air hoses that blow bubbles through the water in each column.
Airgaragelabo has a yearly favorite – a slime based instrument. Stretch, pull, and poke the slime to make music.
An augmented reality cell phone application plays an animation over the image printed on the card. By Kuralab.
Egg drops are a universal high school physics experiment. This is the first time we’ve seen it a Maker Faire and it was extremely popular.
A low resolution matrix display using small wooden blocks pushed up by solenoids.
There’s lots of glowing nixie tubes at every Maker Faire, but this is the first attempt we’ve seem to home brew a nixie tube.
A collection of Japanese origami dragons, horses, and monsters.
Switch Science, an open hardware company in Tokyo, put on a simple soldering workshop using a neko (cat) badge
Z-Machines, a robot rock band, headlined the Maker Faire with several concerts each day.
Makers express their inner geek in all mediums. This collection of crochet sea creatures is amazing, beautiful, and delightfully creepy at the same time.
Mechanical Paper Model that actually walks. Even the gears are made from paper.
Can’t be there in person? Sending your robotic self might be the next best option.
A ‘holographic’ figure dances in front of a projected background. This technique has been used in stage shows. By Hatsune Miku.
Skeletonics is a light weight exoskeleton that’s completely human driven. There’s no electronic, pneumatic, or augmented power supplies.
Tokyo’s extensive metro and train system recreated in colored water and air bubbles by Takatsugu Kuriyama.
Chairs, tables, and other furniture made from cardboard.
The-Menz is a DJ scratching station using harddrives and other computer parts.
Stake2722 used a bunch of PIC microcontrollers and electromagnets to bang out tunes with this simple DIY instrument.