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22 Things I Saw At Maker Faire

The new era of child geniuses is upon us. This epic science fair of DIY kidventions just wrapped up in Queens, New York.

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It was basically Burning Man for seven-year-olds. There were grown-up things too (citizen science tools!) but the kids ran the show and they were totally nonchalant about it.

You see where this is going.

I live in Brooklyn! I have opinions about David Bowie! But none of that matters anymore. They're just hanging out building robots all day. No one else stands a chance.

Most of the really cool stuff was kids-only, and I wanted to join in and play but I was clearly too big so I just stared into the distance and thought about my life.

Apparently it dispenses drinks? Not sure how to feel about this.

In six months, everyone will be wearing these.

Maybe they think he'll spare them?

This was the exception to the rule.

I think this was the kid from Looper, but obviously I was too scared to ask.

Lots of people were using this thing to run mind-control games. It kind of worked, I guess? This one guy talked about playing it all night and not needing to sleep, which made me feel like I was in a David Cronenberg movie.

Here's what it looks like when you play Pong with it. Apparently it was a lot more frustrating than regular Pong.

"Try it. The sensation is actually quite pleasurable..."

This potato gun has been to the White House. Have you been to the White House? Me neither.

I was worried if I asked too many question they would turn me into a doll.

I really hope this becomes a thing.

Again, really just for kids. Not that I wanted to ride it around and make butterfly noises or anything.

Also off-limits to boring grown-ups who are incapable of wonder or joy.

Good to know there's a market for computerized zombie hands.

It took me by surprise. Everyone was just hanging out, building these cars.

This kid won one of the rounds. People went nuts. I think the pipe cleaner was his secret weapon.

This was the main track. Note the cool kids, at right, probably talking about Radiohead bootlegs or something.

Still inspired panic, even though I haven't played Mario Kart in years.

I was into it, although a couple kids pointed out it could have been rigged.

Humanity triumphed, which was nice.

It was actually printing as he walked around with it. I guess he was hoping random kids would come up and start poking it? If so, it worked.

Not sure there's anything to say about this one.

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