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(2012)1st Hong Kong Mini Maker Faire Part 1

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Flickr 上的相片集 Hong Kong Mini Maker Faire

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(2012)1st Hong Kong Mini Maker Faire Part 2

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Flickr 上 HKMMF-Second 的相片集 Hong Kong Mini Maker Faire

(2012)Event complete

Thanks all coming to our 1st annual Mini Maker Faire. Most of you must think it is crowd. Yes, many people visit the event. We are happy to see you enjoy the event. For whose potential makers, please prepare yourself for the 2nd Mini Maker Faire. We do have people make things.

If you are missed the event, please see the following event photos.

Event Photos Part 1

Event Photos Part 2

(2012)Introduction

A ‘Maker’ can be any person or group who invents, designs, creates, and/or builds objects or information systems with the goal of learning, teaching, inspiring, or improving the state of the world.

Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafter, educators, tinkers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, anthers, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. all of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.

Let’s watch what is Maker Faire. ( Maker Faire Bay Area 2012)

The maker movement is now spreading around the world. Please see all the Mini Maker Faires around the world  and the world largest Maker Faire in US Bay Area . In Asia regions, ( Australia , New Zealand, China (Shenzhen), Korea, Japan, Singapore) Maker Faires have been or will be launched in variety of scales. Now the Maker Movement also belongs to the kids.

In Hong Kong, most people buy things off the shelves for convenience’s sake. It is rare to hear of people who create and invent things, but that doesn’t mean there are none. Most makers in Hong Kong are working individually. Having inspired by some of the makers and organized the first Hong Kong Mini Maker Faire, we hope to gather makers together and promote the maker and DIY culture through the event.

We will start the Maker Faire in small scale and hope it will be run every year with the scale becoming larger and larger.

If you think you are a maker and have something to show, come and join us on 11 August 2012, 2pm – 6pm, at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Core P, Ground Floor, School Of Design, Studio PQ002. The application for Makers can be accessed here. The deadline is 10 July. Act now and prepare your works.

Of course, we welcome you as visitors to the Faire, check out the amazing assemblies you have never thought of or they may inspire you to become makers.

(2012)Rita Huang – 小娘の手芸屋(komusumeRita’s handicraft)

“小娘の手芸屋”為日文,譯為”黃毛丫頭的手藝店”

小娘(こむすめ)為小丫頭之意.以小丫頭的純真性情 和豐富的想像力為根本,努學習,創新創作,利用身邊垂手可得的素材,以平凡來創造不平凡.本手藝屋專於繩結創作,讓藝術溶入生活.除了藝術性更有實用性.對於日本傳統手工藝[手毬]更是沉迷不已.讓這手毬由傳統步向新潮的香港!

temari本由中國的蹴鞠發展而來,於飛鳥時代傳入日本,剛開始也只是用腳踢,到了平安時代便發展到用手來玩耍,於這個時代temari在貴族女性間還非常風行呢!雖然當時也只不過是用線捲成個球狀罷了!於謙倉時代的歷史書中亦記載著公家貴族們在正月二日還會參加[てまりの会]的聚會呢!

到了室町時代,貴族的女性們更用絹線來製作,甚至還用來互相比較,炫耀之用.temari也於此時開始廣為流傳.

江戶時代初期不只用線來捲.,還於芯中加入殼或砂之類的東西,使之於玩耍時可發出聲響.

temari還有驅鬼避邪之用,母親會在女兒出嫁或出遠門時,親手縫製來贈送,表關懷與思念.

於現今,手毬不只於節日時用來擺飾,還是送贈他人的佳品.如此美輪美奐的小球真是讓人愛不釋手.

Websites:
http://www.facebook.com/komusumeRita
http://www.flickr.com/photos/komusume-rita/

(2012)Noritsuna Imamura -Treasure Hunting Robot

This is an “AR(augmented reality)-Treasure Hunting Game”. You get virtual treasures by controlling real robot & using your brain wave!
Rule:
-Look at radar window like dragon radar.
–Show the treasure on radar as red star.
–Center is a place in which a robot is present.
—Blue arrow is direction of robot.
-Look at line graph. This is brain wave line graph.
–You control the robot to the treasure point by your brain wave.
–If you feel some feeling, you control the robot by each feelings.
—Exciting -> Turn left
—Normal -> Go toward
—Relax -> Turn right


It is created by combining various products used as SoC which Pandaboard(http://pandaboard.org/).
-Hardware
–ARM-based board(Pandaboard:http://www.pandabord.org/)
–Brain wave sensor(http://www.neurosky.com/)
–2-leg Robot
–see-through display(http://www.brother.com/en/news/2011/airscouter/index.htm)
–Xtion(http://www.asus.com/Multimedia/Motion_Sensor/Xtion_PRO/)
-Software
–Linaro/Android(http://www.linaro.org/)
–openFrameworks(http://www.openframeworks.cc/)

Websites:
http://www.siprop.org/en/2.0/index.php?product%2FTreasureHuntingRobot
http://www.siprop.org/en/2.0/index.php?plugin=attach&refer=product%2FTreasureHuntingRobot&openfile=hirotaka.JPG

(2012)Maker: Mike LI

I have been working in I.T. industry for many years. In 2005, when I think robot will become future technologies, I start playing robot. Initially, I played Lego Mindstorm, it is a educational kits for robot development. Later, I found it is quite difficult to extend the functions of the Lego RCX. I started to study microcontroller with BASIC Stamp. Programming in BASIC Stamp is BAISC, it is easy to catch up. But it is quite expensive. Then I moved to Atmel AVR, it needs advance programming skill in C with WinAVR and gcc-avr complier. Now I am building robot with Arduino, which have same functions as that in AVR but have huge resources in robotic development. The programming in Arduino is also very easy to master. As I have gained much knowledge from opensource communities, I think sharing is very important in promoting the robotic technologies. I setup some website to share what I have done.

Websites:
http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/robot-builder

http://www.youtube.com/user/robot000builder

http://www.facebook.com/mike.li.121

Projects:

1. M-Block@2006 – I designed the PCB and modules. The main purpose of the module is to extend functions for Lego Mindstorm. All modules can be stacked together and communicate via I2C protocols. The idea is similar to Arduino.

2. M-Proxy@2010 – combine Arduino and mobile phone (Nokia N82) as a robotic platform. It is similar to http://www.cellbots.com

3. Arduino Universal decoder@2010 – to capture and decode different kind of signals (e.g. IR, RF in RC cars), then use a Arduino as proxy to resend the signals again.

4. DIY Packbot@2011 – this is the robot I will show in Maker Faire

http://letsmakerobots.com/node/30486
http://hackaday.com/2012/01/06/treaded-robot-modified-for-stair-climbing/

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When I post the details of the robot to web, many people asked me how to make the tracks for climbing stairs. I used tracks from hobby tank model, carpet and CAT5 cable.

I will show how to make the robot by buying materials from china taobo website, local hardware store and tools you need.

In Hong Kong, personal space is very small and limited; I remember I made this robot in toilet. It is quite hard and needs patience. But the satisfaction is great when you create something by your own efforts.