Is it fair to say this was the best Maker Faire yet? Yes, it is. Check out these hot-off-the-card shots from Maker Faire Bay Area 2014 by our photo editor Jeffrey Braverman and photographer Gunther Kirsch.
Kelly and Duane Flatmo shakin’ it up in front of their Pulpo Mecanico
Mel Li, Ph.D., rocks her homemade wearable electronics with luminescent dye, powered by an Atmel processor and an Arduino microcontroller board.
Come build a boat and float it down this play river!
Tintype master maker Bruce Morton sits for his portrait
Bruce Morton prepares an emulsion on a light sensitive tin plate
Becca Henry shows off her MC tatt
A young maker investigates the workings of a Poseables life-size mannequin at Maker Faire.
A curious girl checks out Baron Von Jabba's pedal-powered "creature quad," Miss Tickle.
Participants of all ages leap to slap hands with the Unnecessarily High Five interactive art piece.
Kids build their own boats and sail them down the Play River built by Gregory Gavin.
Kids build their own mini derby cars and race them at the Ford Transit Connect Pinewood Race. Also check out the winning Transit Connect vehicle hacks, sponsored by Make: and Boing Boing.
Jason Lentz suits up and prepares to be toppled by an onslaught of kids at the Giant Cardboard Robots exhibit.
Keahi Seymour and his bionic boot, utilizing principles of locomotion of fast land animals. The device has been in development for about 15 years.
An electro-mechanical reincarnation of the ancient, 50-foot snake killed off by past climate change, Titanoboa was built in Vancouver, Canada, at the eatART lab.
Heat treatment and metal quenching techniques are demonstrated at The Crucible’s exhibit in the South Lot.
Spectators applaud a multiple-multicopter battle in the Game of Drones in Expo Hall.
The High Striker created by Lara Edge of Sheet Metal Alchemist is a carnival “strongman” game of strength — displayed on a tower of fire cannons.
Young Makers Sami McGuinnis and Davis Dunaway, co-creators of The Grid.
Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, showcases the similarities of the Punk Rock scene of the 80s and the Maker Movement of today, on Center Stage at Maker Faire.
Mission Delirium, a booty-shakin’ brass band, rocked the scene in front of El Pulpo Mecanico, the spectacular 25-foot fire-spewing mechanical octopus.
Mission Delirium melts some faces with super danceable brass-band sounds.
Gary Lavarack’s stylish, street-legal Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEV) cruises 35 mph on 4 hub motors and has patent-pending acrylic sheet shock absorbers.
The Dark Room is a glittering twilight zone of LED art, Tesla coils, and other glowing projects like Curious Customs’ laser-cut lanterns (top) and Russell the 17-foot-tall robotic giraffe (right).
Make: Labs’ Dan and Sam man the Make: booth.
Participants crank out the juice with bike generators to power the music amplification on the Pedal Powered Stage.
A floating superconductor trapped in a magnetic field awes spectators in Expo Hall.
The Kits by Kids booth in the South Lot has lots of fun projects by and for kids, like this leaf-blower hovercraft.
John Sarriugarte’s Serpent Twins crew relaxes for a moment