Maker Faire Vienna 2017 Highlights

We LOVE Maker Faires. They are an excellent opportunity to show off our products, but more importantly, they are a chance to meet cool makers and their creations. We’re back in London from attending Maker Faire Vienna 2017, and we can admit that it was an amazing event, full of cool projects and ideas.

We liked the nice mix of the audience; makers and families with kids that sometimes knew more than us…!

We know that not all of you could make it to Vienna, so we went around to see what’s hiding on these well-crafted booths and give you an idea, so maybe next year you might want to come for a makers’ weekend in the beautiful Vienna.

Let’s start with our neighbours, which were team CamCar, a student project. Their aim is to build a vehicle that can capture sharp tracking shots. The user can interact with the car via a touchscreen and set focus points for the camera. We loved that the touch screen uses Raspberry Pi.

Opposite our stall, we had some makers from Croatia! E-radionica are crazy about Arduino too and have developed their own board, the Croduino. At their booth, they showed their creations and invited attendees to some soldering classes (how awesome)!. They even had a coffee machine connected to the internet, which seemed to be popular among the adults. Who wouldn’t like a coffee automatically prepared for them on a Saturday morning…

After all the talking, walking and making we were starving. Magic Candy Factory caught our attention with their juicy jelly creations. Based in Birmingham, these guys print custom shaped candy with 3D printers. At the faire, they promoted their sweets by printing attendees faces and by making shot glasses for the Maker party on Saturday night. They were kind enough to print our logo too (delicious)! Magic Candy Factory uses a unique form of candy syrup that solidifies within a couple of minutes.

How about making a piano out of chocolate boxes? We were quite surprised to find a Raspberry Pi hidden in a piano-shaped Mozart Kugel box. It made a lot more sense when we learned that this project was using the Pi to create a piano that can be played with the keyboards. Its inventor explained to us the idea behind his piano, going back to breaking down notes into its frequencies and specific frequencies which are mapped to the keyboard keys.

Mot2bot was another family run group building Arduino and Raspberry Pi projects, consisting of a father and two sons. They attended the faire to showcase their creations, including a small car controlled via a Python script over their custom HTTP server. Unfortunately, due to the poor WiFi at the place, they had some difficulties demonstrating it. We feel for you guys!

Underground Maker is a father and son team. These two create many projects in their workshop. They often use the Arduino within their projects, partly because they don’t like programming and most code for the Arduino can be found on the web. We were invited to gain some insights into their workshop with a VR headset, which was really cool!

We weren’t the only ones who tried to attract attendees with Flappy Bird! Claus, the man behind Raspbotics, develops boards that allow the users to easily learn programming with Scratch and Raspberry Pi. And one of the games he built in Scratch was Flappy Bird. His other work included a board with touch sensors and we were excited to hear that it is using our trusted chip the MPR121.

These were a few highlights and we can’t wait to go again next year!