Glasses for the Blind and a Post-Apocalyptic Market at Maker Faire Trondheim

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Glasses for the Blind and a Post-Apocalyptic Market at Maker Faire Trondheim

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Last year, in the scenic town square of the third largest city in Norway, Trondheim, even an epic torrential downpour couldn’t put a damper on the enthusiasm of the Norwegian maker community as 60 makers gathered to share 100 projects with 10,000 attendees at Maker Faire Trondheim.

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Despite the worst weather they had experienced all summer, droves of folks showed up and had a great time in the company of a jet-engine-powered car (pictured at top and built by engineering students at Sør-Trøndelag University College), giant drawbots, underwater ROVs, innovative 3D printers, the largest multicopter in the world (Megakopter, pictured below, with 48 motors and 13-inch propellers), and so much more.

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This year’s installment, the third annual Maker Faire Trondheim, takes place on August 26 and 27. Frode Halvorsen, general manager at Trondheim Makers, gave us insight as to what to expect:

The Faire will be held at a new location—Solsiden (the sunny side)—which is the old industrial dock here in Trondheim (now turned into residential dwellings, restaurants, and a park). The area is a bit more compact than the town square where we used to be, but this might not be a bad thing. We also have the water surrounding us, so there will be several projects on or under the water this year. There will be about the same amount of makers as last year. People can also attend more workshops and presentations this year. Friday there will be a “Maker + Market” mini conference during the Faire. On Saturday, there will be several presentations, a science show, and some concerts.

Their promo video for this year really captures the maker spirit of innovation:

8 Projects to Check Out in Trondheim

All of the information you need to attend is on the Maker Faire Trondheim site, and there’s also a fun series of maker videos on their Facebook page, but here are eight projects to whet your appetite.

Apolonia Aquaponics

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Apolonia Aquaponics makes farmbots that automate vegetable farming.

Blueye Robotics

Born out of NTNU’s Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems (AMOS), the team at Blueye Robotics are working to make underwater drones accessible to everyone.

Ascend NTNU

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Ascend NTNU is the Norwegian University Of Science and Technology’s team in the International Aerial Robotics Competition.

Drinky Robot

You’ll never have to drink alone again with South Korean maker Eunchan Park‘s drinking robot Drinky.


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Makedrone makes drone kits for makers.


The Colorophone team is working to develop an affordable sensory substitution device for blind people.

Postapokalyptisk Supermarked

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The Postapokalyptisk Supermarked (post-apocalyptic supermarket) is a swapping market for used parts and other things.

Prosjekt Kapra

Created by the team at Smørekoppen Engineering, Prosjekt Kapra is a new design for an all-terrain vehicle.

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