I saw this video a few months back and enjoyed it – a great way to show that cool robotic systems need not use hyper-specialized or expensive components.

I thought it was an opportune time to share this since the Bay Area Maker Faire is coming up on May 21-22 at the San Mateo County Event Center. The Maker Faire is the best showcase I’ve seen for DIY projects, from mechatronics to art to clothing and beyond. It is a diverse collection of creative, interesting and cool projects, many made on a hobbyist basis, by some of the smartest people you’ll find anywhere.

I was originally going to describe some of my favorite sights from previous years but quickly realized the list was too long. Suffice to say, every year I go I am surprised anew at the passion and cleverness of the participants. It is well worth checking out and hopefully I will see some of you there.

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