Make: Live 9/16/11 — Maker Faire NY & The Makeys Awards (video)

Make: Live 9/16/11 — Maker Faire NY & The Makeys Awards (video)

In episode 16 we met makers live from World Maker Faire NY 2011 and announced the winners of the MAKE Magazine Industry Maker Awards.

Twelve companies were nominated in four categories on which MAKE readers voted. And the winners are:

Most Hackable Gadget – Microsoft Kinect accepted by Stewart Tansley
Most Repair Friendly – PanaVise accepted by Tom Simpkins
Best Education/Outreach Program – Parallax accepted by Jessica Uelmen
Best Product Documentation – The LEGO Group

PanaVise was nominated for their Speed Control Handle, based on a design by maker Triggerdog7. To celebrate, PanaVise is giving Make: Live viewers their very own speed control handles! Sign up for the giveaway; we’ll accommodate as many as we can! (We promise to use your information for this giveaway only.)

Guests this show:

Sashimi Tabernacle Choir – Richard Carter

This award winning art car from Houston has 250 electromechanical singing fish and lobsters, 300 pounds of batteries, a Linux netbook to coordinate all the singers, and more than 5 miles of wire in the control system.

Polaroid Matrix Flipbook – Sam Blanchard

A matrix of instant cameras simultaneously capture 20 separate images of a singular entity. The prints are stacked and riveted together to create a flipbook, a portable, analog 3D animation, rendering a moment in time.

Brooklyn Aerodrome – Breck Baldwin

Fly scratch built remote control planes and learn to build your own planes from scratch using foam board, clothes hangers and recycled signs. New planes include flying fruits and vegetables and a 3D banana that looks like a solid banana in the air.

Dogzilla – Lower East Side Girls Club & Dave Pentecost

Dogzilla was built by the Lower Eastside Girls Club of New York, as a companion to Girlzilla, the club’s 2010 World Maker Faire entry. Dogzilla moves on its motorized base, can bark, and is charged by a solar dog house.

Mitch Altman received a special Maker Hero award celebrating his tireless contributions to the DIY community. At last count, he had taught 32,000 people how to solder.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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