Find all your DIY electronics in the MakerShed. 3D Printing, Kits, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Books & more!

PancakeBot Delivers Obama Grandma Slippers

"Just follow the pancake smell. Slippers are at the White House." - Miguel Valenzuela

obamaslippermontage

Jens Dyvik gives the original “Grandson Slippers” to Granny Obama with the laser etched image of her step grandson, President Barak Obama / photos via Fellesverkstedet and Jens Dyvik.

How the “Obama Grandma Slippers” came to the White House

The story of how the “Obama Grandma Slippers” came to the White House is a global maker tapestry, its threads woven by world travelers eager to share their knowledge and designs to enable others to create their own products.

The “Grandma Slippers” that were brought to the White House. Designed by Naoki Fujimoto at FabLab Kamakura in Japan, customized in AROFabLab Kenya for Sarah Obama and re-mixed at Fellesverkstedet for Barack Obama.

Our story begins a few years back in Kamakura Japan, where Naoki Fujimoto created the KULUSKA leather slipper, adapting traditional leather working techniques to the laser cutter. Fujimoto shared the design (there’s a parametric app) and Jens Dyvik (of the parametric layer chair and lasercut hexacoptor) took it with him on his worldwide “Fab Lab Tour,” spawning variations as it circled the globe.

Laser cutting and Assembling KULUSKA leather slippers

View All

In the trailer below for the 2013 documentary “Making Living Sharing,” Jens gives a custom pair of KULUSKA slippers to Sarah Onyango Obama with a laser engraved image of her step grandson, President Obama, created while working AROFabLab Kenya.

The Fab Meta Granny Slippers

To celebrate the U.S. National Day of Making and the White House Maker Faire, members of the Oslo FabLab made a special present for the President. They adapted the “Grandson Slippers” design to make “Grandma Slippers” for President Obama. The shoes feature an engraved image of Sarah Onyango Obama, etched from a photo taken when she received the “Grandson Slippers.” ObamaGrandmaMontage2

Enter the PancakeBot Crew

potuspancake

Presidential Pancake Portrait!

Miguel Valenzuela, the self-proclaimed “Mexican Viking,” had been invited to the White House Maker Faire to show his PancakeBot, which he prototyped in the Oslo FabLab (aka Fellesverkstedet). So the Fellesverkstedet crew shipped our slipper surprise for the President with Miguel, who is a U.S. citizen. During the excitement of the White House Maker Faire, Miguel was unable to leave the PancakeBot, which was busily sketching Presidential portraits. So he emailed the MIT Mobile Fab Lab crew and enlisted the help of Neil Gershenfeld (also present at the White House Maker Faire) to hand off the slippers. His request reads as a maker poem (line breaks in original email):

Hi Neil, that would be great if I could hand off the slippers to you.
I am in the hall downstairs.
Just follow the pancake smell.
Slippers are at the white house
- Miguel Valenzuela
Miguel and Bill Nye

Miguel and Bill Nye making pancakes at the White House

Obama’s administration accepted the slippers as a gift and I hope Barrack is already wearing them.  I asked Neil Gershenfeld afterwards how the President reacted. Gershenfeld said, “He was quite pleasantly surprised to see them. Protocol is you don’t give things to him, but I did leave them with his staff afterwards.” 980E

Anna Kaziunas France

Digital Fabrication Editor of Maker Media.

She runs the digital fabrication hardware testing for Make:. If you’re a vendor who would like to submit a tool for review (3D printer, CNC, laser cutter, fab software etc.), contact her directly at: anna [@] makermedia [dot] com.

She’s the section editor for Make: Skill Builder. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. But — In order to really tweak and bend something, you need to understand it! If you’d like to write a tightly focused piece on a core maker skill in science / engineering / craft / art / architecture / robotics / fabrication etc. (whatever) that you’d like to teach to other makers — and have Make: work with you to illustrate for magazine publication — let her know!

She’s very interested in your ideas for practical digital fabrication focused books — anything that turns codes into things — hardware and software.

She’s also the Dean of the global Fab Academy program, the co-author of Getting Started with MakerBot, compiled the Make: 3D Printing book and ran the 2015 and 2014 3D Printer Shootout Weekend testing events.

She likes things that are computer-controlled, parametric, and open source — preferably all three.

Find her on her personal site, Twitter, , and Facebook.


Related
blog comments powered by Disqus

Featured Products from the MakerShed

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 25,884 other followers