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LV Mini Maker Faire in Vegas Seven: “Attention all creative types: the age of the geek is upon us this weekend, and the Mini Maker Faire is offering a warm welcome.”
Dronesmith Technologies is a local robotics startup that specializes in creating drone hardware and software tools to facilitate drone application development. Our mission is to foster innovation by giving makers, inventors, and innovators the hardware and software tools to funnel their passion and creativity into real-world solutions.
Currently, the existing drone market is hobby-centric, focusing primarily on videography, photography, and racing. At Dronesmith Technologies we believe that as the drone industry matures makers will help shape the future in many vital industries. Specifically, that the makers behind the development of drone applications will lead the next revolution in robotics from anywhere through IoT devices to search-and-rescue to hospitality services. As such, we strive to create dronesmiths; those who create drones and their applications to help carry us into tomorrow.
At this year’s annual Maker Faire, we will debuting our one-of-a-kind flight controller, Luci. Luci features a unique co-processing system with an Intel Edison that makes it easy for both makers and hackers alike to create and expand applications in which drones are used. We will be showcasing a live, real-time hackathon with Luci at our booth. The Dronesmith team is looking forward to sharing our passion for making with fellow makers and future dronesmiths.
Cool project by Pololu, which will be at next weekend’s Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire in a big way:
“In this post I will show you how to build an expandable robot platform based on a Raspberry Pi and an A-Star 32U4 Robot Controller. With this platform, the powerful Raspberry Pi can take care of high-level tasks like motion planning, video processing, and network communication, while the A-Star, which mounts to the Pi’s GPIO header, takes care of actuator control, sensor inputs, and other low-level tasks that the Pi is incapable of. The total cost of the parts I used is about $120.”
Come see the gigantic Mr. Fusion, the car called Sebastian, some mind breaker bikes (we dare you to ride them!), Sammy, the silver fish, a 1965 Mustang Fastback electric car, and “… a fun-size Mad Max vehicle constructed for Wasteland Weekend 2015, for the diminutive, post-apocalyptic marauder on a budget. Built from sweat, tears and poor decisions, it is a knockoff Chinese power wheels with a 3hp harbor freight gas engine.
Ride into Valhalla, TINY AND CHROME!”
www.lveva.org Source: Las Vegas Electric Vehicle Club
To celebrate our amazingly diverse and talented community, Maker Faire is organizing special meet-ups and panels. Here is our tentative line-up:
12:30: Photographers show their camera mods and how it enhances their art. Among the highlights: Checko Salgado will do a light painting demonstration. Julian Kilker, who was just named Best Local Photographer by KNPR’s Desert Companion, will also be there talking about camera mods and/or data journalism. Markus Houy is showing an external camera device help focus an anamorphic lens attachment.
1:30: Teachers who are curious about free and low cost local resources to foster a “Maker Mindset” and encourage students who are self-starters in STEAM courses can talk to a panel of local educators doing fantastic work with sometimes minimal resources. Some topics: creating Maker spaces in schools; school Maker Faires, producing Maker summer camps; Next Generation Science Standards-based professional development for teachers, and more!
2:30: Drones! Since there will be a big drone arena at the Maker Faire with anything from toys to prosumer drones to racing drones, we needed to have a panel. Come meet our local drone experts!
4:30: Making “Making” a Business: Doing what you love takes financial security. Meet a panel of locals who have been there, done that, and have special insights into making Making into a business, patents, and kickstarters.
Funded in just over three days, our Kickstarter campaign for the ultimate universal access devices, the Keyport Slide 3.0 and all-new Keyport Pivot, recently surpassed its first stretch goal of $175K with 6 days left. If you haven’t had the chance, please check it out at mykeyport.com/kickstarter and back us.
Infusing utility with style and replacing your bulky keychain, these devices are modular, everyday multi-tools that consolidate your keys, pocket tools, and smart tech. Modules featured in the Kickstarter include:
• BLE locator that works with TrackR
• Pocketknife designed by Glenn Klecker of Klecker Knives
• 12 lumen mini-flashlight
Both Keyports even come with KeyportID, an online lost and found service that uses the unique serial number engraved on each Keyport to connect owners and finders directly and anonymously with a click.
Keyport is also proud to be partnering with GroupGets to create an open source development platform so that anyone can design or commission their own Slide module.
We look forward to showing Las Vegas makers our products and to developing opportunities to partner with them to build new and exciting Keyport compatible products.
Keyport is excited to join the Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire and show the latest prototypes of its next gen modular multi-tools which are currently live on Kickstarter until the campaign’s conclusion on February 7th at 10:10am PT.
American Steel Studios: An amazing Maker Space in Oakland! There is nothing like lounging in a giant stainless steel leaf-like structure enjoying some street tacos and good conversation, or sitting inside a rusted steel snail spewing fire…
(Thanks to Global Maker Faire Producers’ Summit for creating an amazing experience!)
I can’t wait to see the Mallows at the Maker Faire
The Mallows, by illustrator and cartoonist Megan Dresback in Las Vegas.
One of the cool projects by Las Vegas Valley’s very own Sarah Petkus got written up in the Make Magazine Blog. Check out her gorgeous “Noodle Brain” fabricated by OSH Park! Like all of Sarah’s work, it has whimsical beauty amidst its tech awesomeness…