Lenni Reports: Maker Faire

One of the perks of being a librarian is attending cool things like Maker Faire. It is geek paradise! They have 3D printing, robots, software demos, up-cycling booths, you name it. Heck, they even had a Beer Garden!

Alas, this was not a garden powered by beer; which is what I expected. They just sold beer. I think it's the first time I've ever been disappointed by someone selling beer...

The biggest thing going as far as tech at the faire was 3D printing. The very idea of this blows my mind and they had some pretty impressive displays showcasing what this technology can do. 3D printing has been all over the news and is expanding to all types of materials other than paper; such as high polymer plastics. I'm sure there will be a point where any material is fair game.

Then again, I could be distracted by one of the many building stations they had...
(yes, that's me)

There was a pink elephant!
(shall I name him George?)

Unfortunately I could only go for one day (and yes, I took those pictures with my cheap digital camera...) but this place is a techies dream, a showcase for where science will go in the future. It is the perfect place to bring your kids to get them into scientific discovery and math (two subjects kids usually find boring and it's a shame). Next year I'd like to go all the days and bring some kids with me if only for the joy on their faces when they see this:

That is a remote controlled dog with up-cycled metrocard skin. This is the future, kids. Believe in it.