Here are the robots, drones and fire-spewing octopus you missed at this weekend’s Maker Faire

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The first thing you notice when you approach the annual Bay Area Maker Faire are the flames — as in, the huge steampunk octopus hurling huge balls of fire from its wriggling tentacles.

The second thing you notice are the crowds. Last year, 120,000 people attended, and this year’s attendance was predicted to reach a similar level. If you think robots and other home-brewed electronics are a niche interest, well, try telling that to the swarms of makers who came to the fair to show off their 3D printers, electronics kits and even edible creations.

But back to that octopus. Huge mechanical creations roamed the grounds at Maker Faire — everything from cars shaped like dragons to wriggling robotic snakes.

The Pulpo Mecanico is a steampunk octopus that spews fire out of its tentacles. Photo by Signe Brewster. The Pulpo Mecanico is a steampunk octopus that spews fire out of its tentacles. Photo by Signe Brewster.

Chester the Fire Breathing Horse invited everyone aboard for a fire-ringed drive around a parking lot. Photo by Signe Brewster. Chester the Fire-Breathing Horse invited everyone aboard for a fire-ringed drive around…

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