Maker Faire, New York, Queens, Making, Makers, Peter Cole, Pittsburg Art Car, Jason Saver, Great Stoneboro Fair, clunkers, reusing materials, trash art, turning trash into art, garbage, Kinect Ontology, Improvised Musical Instruments, Futurity, Eric Faber, Batterie-en-Valise, South Oxford Space, Woolbuddy, Needle Felting, Plushies, Jackie Huang, Peter Cole, Wetpong, Genspace, Biohacking , Biology, Bioscience, Karlin Yeh, OpenFuge, Medical Science, Developing Countries, Open Source, DIY, Innovative Idea, New Technologies,

OpenFuge

Karlin Yeh (who is still a high school senior!) developed his own low cost, open source centrifuge called the OpenFuge. Using primarily off-the-shelf-parts, Yeh developed a more affordable centrifuge that can enable more people around the world to conduct biology experiments and medical tests. It’s no amateur project either; this centrifuge can spin up to 9000 RPM – more than enough to get most lab projects going.

Maker Faire, New York, Queens, Making, Makers, Peter Cole, Pittsburg Art Car, Jason Saver, Great Stoneboro Fair, clunkers, reusing materials, trash art, turning trash into art, garbage, Kinect Ontology, Improvised Musical Instruments, Futurity, Eric Faber, Batterie-en-Valise, South Oxford Space, Woolbuddy, Needle Felting, Plushies, Jackie Huang, Peter Cole, Wetpong, Genspace, Biohacking , Biology, Bioscience, Karlin Yeh, OpenFuge, Medical Science, Developing Countries, Open Source, DIY, Innovative Idea, New Technologies,

Shelter 2.0

Shelter 2.0 set up one of its temporary disaster shelters right in the middle of the fair so that people could step inside, sit on the chairs and experience it firsthand. Citing their belief that everyone is entitled to a roof over their head and a floor under their feet, the organization has been making affordable and easy-to-assemble homes that can be set up without any prior construction experience or power tools other than a cordless drill.

Maker Faire, New York, Queens, Making, Makers, Peter Cole, Pittsburg Art Car, Jason Saver, Great Stoneboro Fair, clunkers, reusing materials, trash art, turning trash into art, garbage, Kinect Ontology, Improvised Musical Instruments, Futurity, Eric Faber, Batterie-en-Valise, South Oxford Space, Woolbuddy, Needle Felting, Plushies, Jackie Huang, Peter Cole, Wetpong, Genspace, Biohacking , Biology, Bioscience, Karlin Yeh, OpenFuge, Medical Science, Developing Countries, Open Source, DIY, Innovative Idea, New Technologies

Life-Size Mousetrap Game

You’ve probably played the beloved family board game Mousetrap, but you’ve never seen it like this! Mark Perez‘s massive yet uber-intricate version of the game is the world’s largest and is essentially a 25-ton Rube Goldberg machine.

Maker Faire, New York, Queens, Making, Makers, Peter Cole, Pittsburg Art Car, Jason Saver, Great Stoneboro Fair, clunkers, reusing materials, trash art, turning trash into art, garbage, Kinect Ontology, Improvised Musical Instruments, Futurity, Eric Faber, Batterie-en-Valise, South Oxford Space, Woolbuddy, Needle Felting, Plushies, Jackie Huang, Peter Cole, Wetpong, Genspace, Biohacking , Biology, Bioscience, Karlin Yeh, OpenFuge, Medical Science, Developing Countries, Open Source, DIY, Innovative Idea, New Technologies,

MetroCard Man and MetroCard Dog

Gregory Rodolico, a.k.a. the MetroCard Man, was back at this year’s Maker Faire and this time, he brought along a robotic canine friend! Rodolico has made a name for himself building animatronic creatures with startlingly realistic movements, and MetroCard Dog was no exception, wooing kids with his cheerful yelps and wagging tail.

Maker Faire, New York, Queens, Making, Makers, Peter Cole, Pittsburg Art Car, Jason Saver, Great Stoneboro Fair, clunkers, reusing materials, trash art, turning trash into art, garbage, Kinect Ontology, Improvised Musical Instruments, Futurity, Eric Faber, Batterie-en-Valise, South Oxford Space, Woolbuddy, Needle Felting, Plushies, Jackie Huang, Peter Cole, Wetpong, Genspace, Biohacking , Biology, Bioscience, Karlin Yeh, OpenFuge, Medical Science, Developing Countries, Open Source, DIY, Innovative Idea, New Technologies,

Kinectic Ontology

Wanting to create his own brand of music, Eric Farber began making handmade found-object percussion instruments. At first glance, they might just look like crude musical assemblages made from everything as simple as a flywheel to a late-Victorian Singer sewing machine. But they actually sound great, and are part of a musical called Futurity, which follows a Civil War era inventor’s escapism into futuristic science fiction.

Across from these wonderfully assembled instruments, there was also “Batterie-en-Valise.” Made up of two percussionists and five suitcases, this part found-object sound sculpture, part new music performance is a regular show played by Farber and Dylan Thurston. If you want to check it out in person, their next show will be held on October 5th at the South Oxford Space in Fort Green, Brooklyn.

Maker Faire, New York, Queens, Making, Makers, Peter Cole, Pittsburg Art Car, Jason Saver, Great Stoneboro Fair, clunkers, reusing materials, trash art, turning trash into art, garbage, Kinect Ontology, Improvised Musical Instruments, Futurity, Eric Faber, Batterie-en-Valise, South Oxford Space, Woolbuddy, Needle Felting, Plushies, Jackie Huang, Peter Cole, Wetpong, Genspace, Biohacking , Biology, Bioscience, Karlin Yeh, OpenFuge, Medical Science, Developing Countries, Open Source, DIY, Innovative Idea, New Technologies,

Woolbuddy

Jackie Huang first began needle felting these googly-eyed creatures for his daughter. What first started as a hobby quickly became a full time job, and later a company. Today Woolbuddy has brought over 300 characters to life using one of nature’s most sustainable fibers, wool. These sheep-derived plushies can be found all over at conventions as well as the Crafts and Folk Art Museum.

Maker Faire, New York, Queens, Making, Makers, Peter Cole, Pittsburg Art Car, Jason Saver, Great Stoneboro Fair, clunkers, reusing materials, trash art, turning trash into art, garbage, Kinect Ontology, Improvised Musical Instruments, Futurity, Eric Faber, Batterie-en-Valise, South Oxford Space, Woolbuddy, Needle Felting, Plushies, Jackie Huang, Peter Cole, Wetpong, Genspace, Biohacking , Biology, Bioscience, Karlin Yeh, OpenFuge, Medical Science, Developing Countries, Open Source, DIY, Innovative Idea, New Technologies,

Peter Cole

Peter Cole has been collecting found objects and turning regular street trash into art since he was seven years old when he lived in Africa for a year. Cole’s mission has always been to convey the transience of experience by selecting objects people throw away. While some of these enigmatic sculptures are stranger than others, they certainly are full of character.

Maker Faire, New York, Queens, Making, Makers, Peter Cole, Pittsburg Art Car, Jason Saver, Great Stoneboro Fair, clunkers, reusing materials, trash art, turning trash into art, garbage, Kinect Ontology, Improvised Musical Instruments, Futurity, Eric Faber, Batterie-en-Valise, South Oxford Space, Woolbuddy, Needle Felting, Plushies, Jackie Huang, Peter Cole, Wetpong, Genspace, Biohacking , Biology, Bioscience, Karlin Yeh, OpenFuge, Medical Science, Developing Countries, Open Source, DIY, Innovative Idea, New Technologies,

Wetpong

Who says science can’t be fun? Working off a previous project of controlling paramecium with electric currents, Genspace (Brooklyn’s local biohacking space) has turned biology into a video game. Wetpong is a multi-part project that utilizes your iPhone as a makeshift microscope while an Arduino is hooked up to a four directional controller that tells where the paramecium to go. Oliver Medvedik, Genspace Co-Founder, says they hope to sell their demo as a bio arcade kit once they’ve further developed the setup into a smaller, more compact package.

Maker Faire, New York, Queens, Making, Makers, Peter Cole, Pittsburg Art Car, Jason Saver, Great Stoneboro Fair, clunkers, reusing materials, trash art, turning trash into art, garbage, Kinect Ontology, Improvised Musical Instruments, Futurity, Eric Faber, Batterie-en-Valise, South Oxford Space, Woolbuddy, Needle Felting, Plushies, Jackie Huang, Peter Cole, Wetpong, Genspace, Biohacking , Biology, Bioscience, Karlin Yeh, OpenFuge, Medical Science, Developing Countries, Open Source, DIY, Innovative Idea, New Technologies,

Pittsburgh Art Car

The Pittsburgh Art Car was started by Jason Saver 18 years ago as an on-going, roaming art project that takes an old, clunker car and dresses it up with painted designs while Saver’s team gets the automobile back in running order. After it’s all patched up, Saver and his wife take the car on tour around the United States, taking mugshots of people who come to see it to create a collage as it passes from city to city.

At the end of the tour, the art car is entered into a demolition derby at the Great Stoneboro Fair in Pennsylvania to get wrecked. Afterwards, it’s put on display as part of an Art Car Show in Pittsburgh – which will be held on September 28 this year – with other hotrods, badass bikes and other vehicles. Once the show is done, the team plasma cuts whatever usable sheet metal there is and turns  it into picture frames while the rest of the car is recycled. Talk about giving an old car new life.

Wondering why we didn’t include any 3D-printing on our list? Well with all of the 3D-printed goodness at Maker Faire, we needed to create a whole separate roundup. Click here to check it out.

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Additional reporting by Yuka Yoneda

Images © Kevin Lee and Yuka Yoneda