Organizers of Engadget Expand expect 10,000 attendees to descend on New York City Nov. 9-10. Designed for tech enthusiasts and gadget geeks, the weekend offers an opportunity to hear from consumer electronics luminaries and a first-hand peak the latest new devices.
MAKE will roll out its hot-off-the-press next generation 3D printer guide featuring reviews of 23 of the newest personal printers ranging in price from $300 to $3,000. MAKE project leader and 3D printing guru Anna Kaziunas France will explain the review process and the rigorous test bed the MAKE team designed to put the printers through their paces. The MAKE booth will spotlight some of the top performers with the review team talking about features that elevated one printer over another, and what the price differences deliver in terms of performance and benefits.
At the Raspberry Pi Kitchen, Matt Richardson, MAKE contributing editor and co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi, will host a “make-off” with two teams of four each who will spend the weekend developing a product or device that uses components and tools from the “pantry” as they take the basic “ingredients” and turn out an tasty final product.
Riffing on the popular “Chopped” Food Channel show, the teams will be judged on concept, execution, and ambitiousness of the project, as well as more creative use of “ingredients.” Each team will have a mentor/coach proficient in Rasp Pi who will support and keep the team on track. The competition will be recorded live and Matt will provide color commentary and interviews with teams during the course of the day. Check back here over the weekend to catch all the action.
Set up will include two “kitchens” outfitted with Rasp Pis, “basic ingredients”, monitor, mouse, rolling white board to capture ideas/designs, table and chairs. A pantry in the middle of the two stations will contain tools and components that the teams will visit to gather additional ingredients to add to their projects/products.