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Tokyo Maker Faire 2013: Hands on activities

Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 in #liveupdates by Ian

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Maker Faire isn’t just a place to see cool projects, you get to try things out yourself. At this pan flute workshop straws, cardboard, and rubber bands are combined into a simple DIY musical instrument.

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Egg drops are a universal high school physics experiment. Design an egg carrier that can survive a fall of several meters. The egg and carrier are hoisted to the ceiling, after a countdown an electromagnet releases the egg. This is the first time we’ve seen it a Maker Faire and it was extremely popular.

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Two egg drop participants show off their design.

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Switch Science, an open hardware company in Tokyo, put on a simple soldering workshop using a neko (cat) badge.

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Electronic finger painting. The laptop webcam tracks hand motion to draw lines on the display.

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There were lots of soldering opportunities at Maker Faire this year. This more advanced tutorial teaches how to read a schematic and solder several components on the board.

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