When the Family Car Is a Solar Powered Boat

Out for a cruise in his solar powered pontoon boat.

What do you do if you live off the coast of Panama and you need to get the family around? If you’re Jaimie Mantzel, you build yourself a solar powered boat… or three. Mantzel had previously built a 16′ catamaran sailboat with a plywood and fiberglass hull, which he later... Read more »

What Is a Maker City?


The panel discussion on Maker Cities at the Center Stage of the 2015 Bay Area Maker Faire was a comprehensive look at the emerging connection between makers, city government, and economic development. Read more »

Google Awards $600,000 For 3D Printed Prosthetics


In the universe of 3D printing, one star shines particularly bright. The organization named e-NABLE has set out to harness the multitudes of home 3d printers to create customized and cheap prosthesis for children.  We’ve covered them on many occasions, and it would appear that Google has also taken note.... Read more »

10 Years of Maker Faire

Robot Resurrection and InMoov Robot

The 10th annual Maker Faire Bay Area was an amazing event, an ongoing celebration of making in our culture as well as the emergence of Maker culture. Maker Faire Bay Area, which took place May 15–17 in San Mateo, is really the Mother of All Maker Faires  —  bigger, bolder, but just... Read more »