DIY enthusiasts gathered at the White House today at President Obama's invitation, showing off their work at the first-ever White House Maker Faire.
The president said he hopes to “inspire a new wave of innovation” generating new jobs and new industries to help rebuild America's economy.
More than 100 makers from 25 states were confirmed to attend, including "extreme marshmallow cannon" maker Jody Hudy, Super-Awesome Sylvia, who participated in Boing Boing's own Ford-sponsored automobile Hack Day.
Among the many Boing Boing friends participating, Tara Brown, of the family-friendly LA Makerspace, and our friends at Makerbot, who produced the 3D representation of the White House below.
3D printing firm MakerBot participated in the #NationofMakers and Day of Making in conjunction with the White House Maker Faire. This 3D printed model of the White House was created and 3D printed by the MakerBot Studio in-house design team.
Today's event is part of the Obama administration's science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.
From the Washington Post:
“Through the generations, American inventors have lit our homes, propelled humanity into the skies, and helped people across the planet connect at the click of a button. American manufacturers have never stopped chasing the next big breakthrough,” he said in a proclamation establishing June 18 as a National Day of Making, that he said would serve to “celebrate and carry forward this proud tradition.”
The Cobham catalog, exposed by The Intercept, features countless pages of surveillance gadgets sold to U.S. police to spy on American citizens: tiny black boxes with a big interest in you. In the creepily bland feature lists and nerdy product names is a whisper of a dark future; perhaps darker than anyone can imagine.
This image depicts the most commonly-found stylesheet colors on the web’s top sites—Paul Hebert did an amazing amount of analysis and this is just one of the intriguing visualizations he came up with. Most of these are obvious staples, especially HTML red and blue, though it’s interesting how far the blue “cluster” is from the […]
With the cacophony of an election year ablaze with unparalleled drama being fought on the front lines of Twitter, we find ourselves slowing down and staring at it like a bad accident. The need for escapist relief is perhaps more dire than usual right now. This fall, if it’s drama you crave, but the Hillary […]
I’ve never really felt the need to purchase a smartwatch because a lot of them aren’t very functional, but at just shy of $30, the Martian Notifier Smartwatch was worth checking out. For that low of a price, it actually does feature an impressive amount of functionality, and comes in handy when you don’t want to be carrying around your […]
Geek Fuel is a subscription delivery service that caters to those of us that love comics, gaming, and general geek culture. Every month, Geek Fuel will assemble a box of goodies with a value of $50 or over. The specific items are a mystery, but you’ll always get an exclusive t-shirt not found anywhere else, a full […]
If you like to DIY and you like helicopters, you’re going to really love the Flexbot Hexacopter Kit. This copter blows traditional models out of the water: it includes everything you need to actually build your own hexacopter, and then pilot it like a pro, too.The construction is complicated enough to give you a challenge, […]