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.
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