From robotics to augmented reality, this maker fair has something for everyone
When Anupama Gowda of Workbench Projects was posed with the challenge of turning the makerspace-cum-co-working space into a public laboratory, the natural progression was to conceptualise The Bengaluru Mini Maker Faire. Now in its second edition, the Faire this year has 50 participants, ranging from a retired DRDO scientist to a fifth grader. “This year, we had an open call for entries. We received over 100 and had to handpick just 50. We’ve managed to curate an interesting mix of makers, whose products include everything from a tongue-controlled wireless wheelchair for paralysed patients to experimental baked goodies,” shares Gowda.
Giving a bit of a Bollywood twist to proceedings, Gowda’s team has collaborated with the makers of Baahubali. The event will have a ‘makethon’ through which participants will create special effects that they’d like to see as part of the second installment of the franchise which is set to release in April next year. “The public might have interesting ideas and fresh approaches that will add to the experience,” explains Gowda. They’ve also tied up with the Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Bengaluru for STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics)-based installations. The team in collaboration with Dassault Systems (a company that builds 3D experiences) will recreate eight iconic structures and place them on MG Road, all the way from Cubbon Park to the metro station. Guests can download their app for an augmented reality experience, through which the structures will pop up on phone screens. “Such interactive activities will help raise questions in the minds of people. And that’s what we are aiming to do… get people to be more inquisitive and really get into the science of it all,” she enthuses.
In addition to the immersive experiences that have been organised, there will also be a talk by Ashok Soota, founder and CEO of Happiest Mind on how one can invest in their ideas. Also displayed will be Robo-L (world’s first physically programmable robot), Ginger (a 40cm-tall robot that can track and pick up objects), a 3D printer made entirely out of aluminum alloy and more.
Sunday, 10 am. At Rangoli Metro
Art Centre, MG Road. Tickets (`50) on
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