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Maker Focus: Dale Wood

It was impossible not to fall a little bit in love with WALL-E, the brave wee robot from Disney Pixar’s amazing film. But few of us would dream of going to the lengths of engineer Dale Wood. He has embarked upon a remarkable journey to build a life size model of his favorite Robot.

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With incredible attention to detail Dale has incorporated sensors and Arduino programming into the design.

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Will you come and meet WALL-E (and Dale), at the Mini Maker Faire?

It’s time to play!

During the Mini Maker Faire, Bafta Award-winning animators and game designers Lucky Frame will be taking over Summerhall’s old animal hospital. The space will be filled with multiplayer hacked up games, just like this one…

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And this one…

The Lucky Frame team are dedicated to creating accessible, fun, and unusual gaming experiences, and are keen to overcome preconceptions that all games are violent, scary, creepy, or sexist. Their recent ‘Tacos, Bluegrass and Videogames’ extravaganza was a huge success. Hardly surprising, especially as the event was billed “The best things in the world, all at once, with beer” (we very much agree!). Join us at the Mini Maker Faire to discover what weird and wonderful creations they’ll bring with them!

2014 Makers Announced

Exciting news… we’ve just announced the first batch of makers who will be participating in the 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire!

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We’ve pulled together an exciting and diverse bunch with makers from a wide range of disciplines including engineering and electronics, arts and crafts, science and sustainability, music, maths and much more…

This year’s line up features chillies, a one-man-band, some noisy toys, underwater robots, a biotech laboratory in a 13×11 inch box and the world’s first pedal powered hydraulic hybrid Reliant Robin pick up to name just a few!

See the makers page of our site for a full list of makers confirmed so far and keep tuned as we’ll be adding more information on some of the participating makers to our blog in the run up to the event. Announcements about workshops and talks happening at the event will also follow soon.

The 2014 Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place on Sunday 20 April at Summerhall and tickets are available now – click here to book.

Fix your stuff at the Repair Cafe!

What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? With a toaster that no longer works? Or with a woolly jumper that’s full of holes?

Toss it? No way! Bring it along to the Repair Café at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire.

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Brought to you by Glasgow’s MAKLab, designers, crafters and people who make and fix stuff will be ready and waiting to make your object good as new or find it a whole new purpose. They’ll even talk you through how they did it.

Any broken, badly-designed or malfunctioning object is welcome, but how about…

  • Electronics and small electrical items – headphones, speakers etc.
  • Clothes – knitted, or for darning or patching
  • Household items and gadgets

The Café will be open all day. No need to pre-book, just grab a seat and see what MAKLab’s makers can create!

Find out more about MAKLab at maklab.co.uk.

The Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire will take place at Summerhall on Sunday 7 April from 10am-5pm. Tickets cost just £2.50 and under 5s go free.

Book online at sciencefestival.co.uk or call the box office on 0844 557 2686.

Part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival which runs from 23 March – 7 April 2013.

Another confirmed maker! – Dirty Electronics

At the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire you’ll have the chance to experience the cutting-edge of music with digital makers Dirty Electronics. Join designer John Richards for a half-day workshop to build your own version of the Mutesynth II (dotmatrix), a hand-held synth with visual display.

The instrument features a noise generator, feedback and oscillation, wave shaping and a sequencer with internal and external clock control.

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At its core is a versatile mini patchbay that provides expansion and modification permutations and a grid-like visual representation of patched parameters. The patchbay encourages playfulness and a particular interaction with the instrument.

The printed circuit board artwork features multiple electrodes in the form of small grid-like squares that provide a labyrinth of possible connections and resulting behaviours. Different sequences and visual patterns are created through hybrid 4-bit binary coding, feedback and distortion.

The full version of the Mutesynth II will be released by Mute Records later this year.

www.dirtyelectronics.org
www.mute.com

Price: £35

Further details and booking information will be available on announcement of the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire programme.