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Crazy Maker projects that deserve a trip to the White House

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June 15, 2014

News of the first-ever White House Maker Faire  has inspired Gizmag to compile our favorit...

News of the first-ever White House Maker Faire has inspired Gizmag to compile our favorite projects out there in the Makerverse

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Last month at the Bay Area Maker Faire, the gran-daddy of a global network of events celebrating the exploding culture of DIY tinkerers and innovators, I overheard one gawking Faire newbie say to his friend: "When did this become so huge?"

The answer was not forthcoming, but the undeniable validity of the question is what really counts, considering it was asked on the floor of a Faire sporting over 1,100 exhibitors and attended by more than 130,000 from 42 countries. When exactly it happened is not certain, but it is clear that today, makers are many and they are everywhere.

The latest validation that maker culture has arrived came this week from Washington, D.C., where the date of the first-ever White House Maker Faire was announced. On June 18, President Obama will host "Makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs of all ages who are using cutting-edge tools to bring their ideas to life."

The White House is also calling for June 18 to be a nationwide "Day of Making" and encouraging makers to share their projects using the hashtag #NationOfMakers.

In that same spirit, we've collected the above gallery of some of the most impressive, innovative or just undeniably interesting Maker projects that are just a few of the many out there in the Makerverse deserving of a trip to the White House this month.

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Eric Mack Eric Mack has been covering technology and the world since the late 1990s. As well as being a Gizmag regular, he currently contributes to CNET, NPR and other outlets.   All articles by Eric Mack
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3 Comments

Would be more fun than Burning Man - and less dusty!

The Skud
15th June, 2014 @ 08:49 pm PDT

I think that article does not give proper credit. For example

"Deep Blue can play chess, but this robot also moves its own pieces".

I could not figure out the name or maker of the said robot.

Kris Lee
16th June, 2014 @ 02:09 am PDT

With all the cool items they have, I can see how it became something really big.

BigWarpGuy
16th June, 2014 @ 06:25 am PDT
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