Limor Fried, the founder of New York City-based manufacturing plant and DIY platform Adafruit, has been going to Maker Faire’s since she was the company’s only employee.
Now in charge of about 85 people and at the helm of a company that generated $33.2 million revenue last year, Fried — a.k.a. ‘Ladyada’ — still goes to those fairs hoping for a glimpse at what the hobbyists of today have in store for future mainstream consumers.
We had a chance earlier this week to interview Fried, about the up-comingMakerFaire in Queens, where 100,000 people are expected to turn out, to see how the industry has changed since that first Faire back in 2006, and what her own company has up its sleeve.
Below is a lightly edited copy of our email exchange followed by details about the Faire:
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.