It's Fall, holy crap where did the summer go? Congratulations to Amanda and Mike!
Who went to Maker Faire? I went on the Saturday and ran into Thor, Alex and Heather on the subway, which was very cool. I had a pretty good time. I saw a swingset which had pouring water on top but as you swung through the water, it stopped pouring. A motion sensor shut off the water making you think you would get wet but you didn't. I liked the EMF detector which lit up when you used an old cell phone to make a call. Microsoft had a booth there, showing off the $150 Kinect w free SDK. A friend tells me he will lend me a Kinect and I am psyched to play with it. I have a cool idea for projecting avatars.
I also attended the Open Hardware summit the Thursday before Maker Faire. Where to begin! If you are interested in Making, and especially as Making becomes a Real Industry, attend this next year. Unexpectedly, there was quite a bit of business-y convos and how to market and sell your product. Bunnie from Chumby talked about how fast computers will get before they can't get faster using Moore's Law to illustrate (OK I didn't totally get that one). CERN was there. The guy who used to own Instructables gave a talk. Yeah, that's right, Instructables got bought by Autodesk and Makerbot got a 10M investment. So Makerbot is off and running presumably with New Stuff. YEAH!
Burning Man- ahhhhhh, it's always hard to come back to the real world. So much creativity, so many smart people, the projects, the engineering, the love. I brought a project out, shipped 6 boxes full of electronics. My project surrounded you with your own heartbeat by using an oximeter sensor to trigger subwoofer heartbeat sound and light. It was enjoyed by a lot of people, and I enjoyed having a project there even more. I saw a really cool Kinect based music project. you used your body to play an instrument. fascinating. I encourage you all to look up pictures of the BM artwork from this year. Mindblowing.