Mini Maker Faire Brighton

Last Saturday we attended the (not so) Mini Maker Faire in Brighton.

Maker Faires are events created to celebrate “arts & crafts, robots and engineering, wood and metalwork, electronics, science, tech, music and more amazing do-it-yourself creation.”

This year over 7,000 people poured through the doors to see a diverse range of exhibits; from using 3D printers to recreate a statue of Alan Turing to making cola from an open source recipe reverse-engineered from the original Coke, and about everything in-between.

Brighton Mini Maker Faire giant gull

Photo by barnoid

We are particularly interested in technology that combines the digital and physical spaces and two exhibits caught our eye.

Hintsights is a London based start-up developing services and a products that revolve around the concept of the feedback network. At the Faire they were demonstrating their cloud-based software, which “aggregates, filters, compares and watches trends in your data”. And Pip, below, a feedback display for visualising that data.

Photo by Hintsights

Lightpot by Chi-Tek is an interactive ‘light’ teapot. You text Lightpot with the name of a colour and lo and behold the colour changes.

The teapot is made out of class, white wire and the colour is provided by LED lights. Great fun and very cool.

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Photo by Tine Bech