Awesome weekend @ MakerFaire Zürich 2017

Sep 13

about 1 year ago


"The greatest show (and tell) on earth"

Last weekend, on September 9 & 10th, was the Zürich Mini MakerFaire - a "family-friendly festival for digital crafts and new technologies, with a focus on making, learning and sharing".

This was the second year the event was held in Zürich's Dynamo Jugendkulturhaus - a beautiful and atypical location on the bank of the Limmat river.

It was impressive to see how many people showed up for the event - way more than I had expected. Also impressive was the diversity of projects presented by the various teams, including 3D-printing, Steampunk contraptions, cosplay, electronics and DIY workshops.

Below are some pictures from the event:

@letootoot posing next to the giant maker lion

Some awesome projects presented during the weekend

The Dooba table, with Gadget Kits and Fiddles on display

Preparation for the event

The weeks leading up to this weekend have been quite intense for me, trying to get as many prototypes and kits ready for demo.

Printing enclosures & getting prototypes ready

Awesome feedback

Throughout the weekend, we received some very positive feedback regarding the ioNode, the Fiddle, and other products.

One of the key points revealed by this was the importance of Wifi connectivity. Many people indicated that while they appreciated the idea of a tiny gadget such as the Fiddle, they would have really liked to see some Wifi included in there. We received pretty much the same feedback for the kits.

I now know how to improve the Fiddle and have started working on a new version, a few millimeters longer, with Wifi and MicroSD included.

Working on a new Fiddle with Wifi and MicroSD

New libraries and tutorials

Now that I have a little more time to work on the SDK & documentation, I've started adding new libraries and tutorials.
Already available:

I've also completed the "client" part of the esp8266 library, offering quick and easy access to the internet through this very common Wifi module from Espressif (which is also the one that will be included in the new Fiddle).

I will continue to add more libraries and tutorials over time, so sign-up for the newsletter and stay tuned!