Maker Faire Tokyo 2014 Report
Created by high school students, this 3D printer might be the world’s first to be able to print Japanese candy.
Family-friendly DIY festival Maker Faire Tokyo 2014 was held on November 23rd and 24th at Tokyo Big Sight, an upgrade from last year’s smaller event at Tokyo’s Miraikan. The event, ran by technology periodical Make, featured around 300 unique exhibitions and demonstrations from creative minds and inventors.
The event featured futuristic 3D printers, laser cutters, and entertainment devices such as the Oculus Rift and quadcopter drones. The Tokyo Institute of Technology demonstrated a 3D printer created by high school students that was capable of creating traditional Japanese candy, while long lines formed for a chance to check out 3D head-mounted display Oculus Rift, which was demonstrating an incredibly realistic flight simulator featuring the jet-powered glider from “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”. Outside the convention hall, one of the highlights was SoraCam, an aerial drone designed to automatically follow a beacon carried by snowboarders and video tape them.
The candy printer worked by repurposing the extruder from a RepRap printer to use a syringe full of sweet white bean paste, building it up in layers and heating it until it joined together. This is the finished product.
This Oculus Rift flight simulator featured the familiar jet-powered glider from “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind”, and felt just like controlling an actual aircraft. An electric fan synced to the simulation helped contribute to the feeling of soaring through the air.
The SoraCam is a 350-millimeter quadcopter drone designed to follow snowboarders by tracking a beacon and film them. It uses the software from an ArduCopter and the beacon from a GoPro camera.
The SoraCam demonstration in action. For safety reasons, a line was tied to the quadcopter, which tracked the staff member holding the beacon.
The AE86 removed the gasoline engine from a car and replaced it with an electric motor.
It may not have enough power to climb a mountain, but the vehicle is quiet and ecologically-friendly.
The e-car, a student project from Kyushu Technical College, is a converted electric vehicle. It currently has a maximum distance of around 50 kilometers, and it takes around 4 hours to charge from a standard electrical outlet.
This Batman-esque vehicle is slower than a city bicycle.
This unique security system is similar to one found in manga series “Harlock”.
This 10-centimeter-square diorama base holds many World Heritage sites in 1/2400th scale.
An elaborately reproduced, 1/2400th scale Angkor Wat.
The eye-catching Infomotion Robot utilizes gyroscopes, and looks like something created by Daft Punk.
3D animation machine.
The machine brought an anime cel to life through rapidly spinning plates and flashing lights. It can also be seen in a Yattar Japan video report.
Armor created with modern artistic and technological skill.
The Tempescope can be placed in any room to illustrate the weather outside, reproducing rain, clouds, lightning, and a variety of other weather conditions. It can be used to display tomorrow’s weather or relive other types of atmospheric conditions.
This tangible game lets players physically interact with dolls placed on a huge screen.
Nico Video has created their own planetarium department through a collaboration with the Hakodate Planetarium and Higekita. It features a handmade dome, digital video, and 3D projections.
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