I loved his simple, elegant fishing line PlotterBot — that made expressive illustrations of the Tardis from Doctor Who, Nikola Tesla, and other images — and also loved that his daughter, TinkerGirl, had her own booth display of Spinning Robot Drawings at the table next to him.
While it might be true that I’m obsessed with pen plotters and drawbots of all kinds so they had me from the get-go, spending time chatting with the two of them back and forth about their passion for creating robots to create art with them — and watching the excitement TinkerGirl communicated to visitors to her part of the display — touched my heart and was one of my favorite authentic maker experiences at the Faire this year.
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