Hacked unicorns and unruly robots at Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2015
Thanks to Peter for alerting us to Marc Barto from Techmog’s coverage of Brighton Mini Maker Faire 2015. Sounds like it was a great event with some really fun projects on display!
Each maker faire has its own style. For Brighton it has always been a strong mix of ambitious electronics inventions, traditional or modern craft-making, and workshops geared towards kids to get them hooked on making.
Last weekend, for the 5th edition, the Brighton Mini Maker Faire showed once again how its done by offering a jam-packed programme of digital creativity and do-it-yourself craftiness.
One sure measure of success for a maker faire is the number of new, eccentric, creative and interactive projects on display. On this front Brighton delivered generously. Let’s start this list with…
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.