World Maker Faire NY 2018 is a wrap and each year it seems to out-do the last. If you were unable to catch it, check out the Maker Faire live stream on YouTube to see what you missed.
This year we had a great time showing the latest and greatest from Digi-Key. Our booth was setup with everything from robots to augmented reality (AR). Our Resident Geek team created an amazing robot that looks like three Digi-Key boxes stacked on top of each other. There are four servos running the Adafruit Crickit to provide movement. The circuit playground express is also the “heart” of the robot.
This is a picture of Resident Geek Ashley talking about the robot to Mike and the Maker Faire live stream.
AR was also being displayed. We built a great demo showing all the steps needed to create a skateboard project from Maker.io. The steps include selecting your product, ordering the parts, un-boxing, assembling, and connecting the wires. This is all done on an iPad with the parts looking like they are floating. Once the project is completed, just tap the power button on the iPad and the real-life skateboard illuminates. This demo won the Editor’s Choice award from both of Make’s technical editors.
Buttons… Maker Faire has always been known for buttons, so we decided to make them on-site. Anyone that wanted a button could stand in front of our backdrop and get their picture on one to show their friends that didn’t make it to the faire. During the two days of the event, we made over 1000 buttons.
We also had demos of the new Lulzbot Mini 2 3D printer, the Bantam Tools Desktop PCB milling machine, Micro:Bit, Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, Kitronik, Cypress, Flir/TI/Beaglebone, and more.
The Digi-Key Prize Garage returned by popular demand and allowed us to give out some of our great products. We gave away items like Pimoroni Kits, t-shirts, Robot Kits, Adafruit products, and even an Oculus Go.
Ashley, David, and I put on a workshop teaching how easy it is to get started with the Micro:Bit. We had a sold-out workshop and unfortunately had to turn people away. We had eager makers of all ages attend the workshop to create a fun coaster using the Micro:Bit and the Zip Halo LED ring from Kitronik. There is nothing better than seeing the face of a young maker that made lights blink from code they created!
Matt Stultz and I talked on Digi-Key’s Make: Electronics stage to discuss what we see as “The Top Boards Every Maker Needs in Their Toolbox”. From Adafruit Feather to Arduino Uno, we went through at a high level what were the best and the must-haves. Trying to keep up with the new technology is almost impossible. We wanted to give a quick run-down of what is new and what is legacy.
We even had the cast of Mythbusters Jr. in our booth multiple times throughout the weekend. Our favorite Mythbuster Jr., Allie, was even willing to take a picture with some of the Adafruit team mixed in with some of the Digi-Key team.
I would like to personally thank everyone who attended World Maker Faire this year. Without Makers, who would be the engineers of tomorrow? I would also like to thank everyone on the Digi-Key team that worked at the event. You guys are amazing!
See you at the next show!