The Human Jukebox at Maker Faire

Everyone from the MakerSpace at Digilent had a great time at the Maker Faire in San Mateo last weekend. We all were able to bring some of our own projects to the table to show everyone who visited our booth. I am here to talk about the project that I brought, the “human jukebox”. The project was a huge hit and turned plenty of heads. We even adopted one of the speakers from the TrashAmps booth, since the speaker we brought wasn’t very powerful. Kaitlyn was more than happy to showcase the project and even tried to sneak into the tech fashion show!

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The LED Grid at Maker Faire 2015

The MakerSpace at Digilent made its way down to San Mateo armed with multiple fun projects we have been working on. One of these projects was the 900 LED Grid. This project was a fun and interactive piece to our booth that was very popular with Maker Faire patrons. The grid was running the Snake game and can be found in this Instructable. The Instructable goes into the process of building the grid and some of the ins and outs of coding Snake.

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The Second Visit to the Bay Area Maker Faire 2015

This year, the MakerSpace at Digilent was able to attend the 2015 Bay Area Maker Faire. We brought two great demos, a breadboard wall, and a 900 LED matrix running the game Snake! Individuals also brought projects that they worked on. Our booth got a lot of attention due to the breadboard wall with simple and prepackaged circuits. Everybody loved being able to connect up a few parts with a couple wires and create a blinking light with a 555 timer. With that, there were also a couple adventurous people that created their own circuits.

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Maker Faire Recap Part 1

What a (last) weekend! The MakerSpace at Digilent traveled all the way down to San Mateo for the Bay Area Maker Faire 2015, our first Maker Faire as a MakerSpace. This is the first post in a series recapping what we saw and did. We had an amazing turnout at our booth, which you’ll hear about in a later post. To start us off, we each wrote a bit about our first impressions of Maker Faire as a whole. I’ll keep my part short as this is going to be a long post already!

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A First Timer’s Bay Area Maker Faire 2014

Maker Faire 2014 was my first convention of any kind and the experience exceeded any expectations I could have had. From the time I stepped on the grounds, I was enveloped in the “Maker” camaraderie that exists despite the community being comprised of different skill sets and backgrounds. Really, we are all there because we just fit in, because we are Makers.

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Come see us at Maker Faire 2014!

Today, half of the Digilent team has already left to go to Romania for our EU Design Contest, while the other half of us are getting the last minute things together to leave for Bay Area Maker Faire. From all across the world, “makers” (people who enjoy making and creating things) flock to the Bay Area to attend the Bay Area World Maker Faire, which is projected to have over 125,000 attendees! This year, we are sharing a booth with our supplier-partner, Microchip Technologies, and have quite the line-up for anyone who comes by.

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Two Events Half Way Around the Globe: May 16-18th

Half of the team is headed to Digilent Romania for the 10-year Anniversary Design Contest, while the other half of is gearing up to go to Bay Area Maker Faire!
If you are near either Romania or in the USA, Bay Area, we would love to have you stop by and say hello! Stay tuned on our Twitter and Facebook feeds to see the events as they happen.

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