Maker Faire 2011
A walk through the 2nd Annual World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science.
Ada Brunstein 09/21/2011
A walk through the 2nd Annual World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science is like a walk through a collective brain belonging to visionary, techy, and (mostly) benevolent inventors. "Collective" because much of the work on display at the annual DIY exhibit relies on shared hardware, shared software, or interdisciplinary collaboration.
Take, for example, the newly launched Bare Paint, developed by UK-based company Bare Conductive. The non-toxic electrically conductive paint was developed by a team of designers and engineers from the Royal College of Art who turned their Master's project into a global business.
At the Faire, held on Sept 17 and, Bare Conductive displayed several simple paintings, each of which activated a device when skin met paint. Touching a picture of a light bulb lit up an actual bulb. A sketched trumpet tooted musical tones when tapped. According to co-founder Matt Johnson, in order to turn on the lights in the organization's London studio, all they have to do is touch the walls.
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