Prosthetic Sculpture: Ira Sherman (video)

Ira Sherman is an artist who sculpts work that has been shown worldwide in museums such as the Smithsonian. At Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 he brings structures that are created from tubular frames in curvilinear shapes that are meant to fit the contours of the human body. Read more »

Lil Ju Ju Pinball Museum: Michael Schiess (video)

Michael Schiess shows the exhibits in his Lil Juju Mobile Pinball Museum. The centerpiece on display at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 is his vintage machine that's been refitted completely in clear plexiglass, so that attendees can see the inner workings of the pinball machine while its being played. Read more »

EMSL’s Digi Comp II (video)

The Digi Comp II is a replica of a binary mechanical computer that can perform basic mathematical functions. As shown by Windell Oskay of Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011, it uses billiard balls as its counters and performs calculations in real time as the balls... Read more »

Posables Perfect for Spookifying the Front Yard

Tony Regalbuto's father has a penchant for decorating the family's front yard with whimsical, sometimes frightening, humanoid decorations. Many of the characters are based around Posables, a system of configurable mannequins demonstrated at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011. These seem to be the perfect template for creating scary (animatronic?) ghouls,... Read more »

Jeffrey Lipton of Fab@Home on 3D Printing

Jeffrey Lipton of Fab@Home demonstrates their 3D printing system at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011. This open source personal manufacturing machine can print with many different materials from plastic to cookie dough. When used in a classroom, Fab@Home furthers STEM education by making students comfortable with the software, hardware, fabrication,... Read more »

Calliope #5: Ed Haas (video)

Ed Haas shows his Calliope #5, a handmade pyrophone, at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011. Controlled by a midi keyboard, this wind instrument is similar to an organ, but has the ability to shoot fire if propane gas is used in addition to air when sounding the pipes. Read more »