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RC tanks roll into Maker Faire.

“I have always been interested in tracked vehicles,” says Seth Abrahams. Abrahams is a member of the Bay Area Tankers club, a group of R/C tank enthusiasts who promote the hobby of scale model armored vehicles. Abrahams brought his 1/16th scale RC tanks to Maker Fair Bay Area last year,... Read more »

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Mr. Đức thắng Nguyễn (Duc Thang Nguyen) is an engineer from Vietnam. Since his retirement in 2002, he has being working on an amazing animated 3D catalog of mechanical contraptions. Using Autodesk Inventor as a tool, he has documented over 1,700 mechanisms. All from gears, couplings, clutches, differentials to detailed... Read more »

From Japan to the U.S., Empathy VR lets you immerse yourself in the remote room.

Tatsuki Adaniya started his Virtual Reality (VR) project as a way to keep in touch with his long distance girlfriend. He wanted something more personal than texting or even Skype. He wanted something that would let him feel like he was in the same room, sharing the same view as... Read more »


The folks at Disney have been exploring some really interesting techniques for fabrication. Their latest is this interesting method of 3D printing with fabric. The process is best described as an automated system for assembling laser cut layers of fabric. Their machine resembles a tiny assembly line more than a... Read more »


Designers are always pushing the boundaries with fashion and the place to see this happening is Maker Faire Bay Area. Every year there is always something interesting to see. People are continuously experimenting with new ways to upcycle old clothing and incorporate technology into designs that stretch the imagination. Last... Read more »

Photo of Sphero modified as Star Wars BB-8 Droid.

As an industrial designer, I’ve been particularly fascinated by products that have personality and emotion. And I think the droids in Star Wars have always been really great at capturing a character without facial expression and drawing you in. And BB-8 was no different when they brought it out onstage... Read more »