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Meet the Science and Engineering Makers of 2014

ADM,Wearable Technology: Art and fashion (booth)

This booth is a mini fashion salon ,including 3 dressforms and possible 2 life models.

Intel: A showcase of Galileo (booth, workshop):

Intel Galileo is the first in a line of Arduino-certified development boards based on Intel x86 architecture and is designed for the maker and education communities. Come and see what Galileo can do

ITE College East: Hardware meets software (Booth)

The Arduino club of ITE college East is back again this year, showcasing new hardware electronic projects using Microcontrollers such as PIC and Arduinos, and different types of mobile robots which can be controlled using smartphones and personal computers via the internet.

Pan Yew: Light up Marina Bay (Booth, Workshop)

I have always been fascinated with the vibrancy and attractiveness of Marina Bay’s cityscape. This motivated me to embark on creating a mini-LED light display of Marina Bay, so as to showcase and bring out its beauty to be admired by viewers. Many of Singapore’s iconic structures – the Merlion, Singapore Flyer and Esplanade, just to name a few – are located in Marina Bay. They are depicted in this LED light display, and operate in sync with your choice of music!

Cytron: Build your own robot today! (Booth)

Sets of ‘reconfigurable robot kit’ for the visitors to build their own robot using the hardware provided. A instructor will be assigned to help the visitors at each station. Each station can train 1-3 participants at one time. Every slot will take around 30-45 mins.

Connect with Cytron: http://rero.com.my/article/view/4

Jingfeng Liu: A laser performance powered by pcDuino (Booth, Presentation)

We will use OpenCV to capture the profile of a person and then project the profile by laser into the screen. All is done by a single computer called pcDuino.

Connect with Jingfeng: www.pcduino.com

John Obrien: Web Steered BeerBot and Silenced 3D Printer (Booth)

Steer a home-made remote controlled robot with Beer (or Coke) can grabbing capability over wifi! See what the robot sees using a Raspberry Pi camera! Drive and activate the can grabbing claw over an SSH connection! Ask insightful questions!

Also starring an iPad controlled RepRap Huxley that will be making demo prints from a custom built noise controlled case.

Connect with John: www.jweoblog.com

Benjamin Low Teck Hui: The Synesthete’s Music Machine (Booth)

A synesthete is a person who experiences a secondary sensation of sound as colour or colour as sound. “The Synesthete’s Music Machine” is a music-making device that imagines how a synesthete is able to ‘hear’ colours. Coloured objects provide visual cues for a machine that interprets what it sees into the form of sound. The audience interacts with the device by using physical objects to create their own sounds in a fun and experimental way. The machine will be built using open source hardware and software such as Arduino and Processing.

Gaurav Gupta: Zen glove! (Booth, presentation)

ZenGlove is a wireless sensor glove which can model a human hand digitally. It can be used to interact with the digital world as if you were in it.

Connect with Zenglove: http://www.zenglove.com

Yeow Chen Hua: EI Lab (Booth)

Soft Robotics and Educational Electronics

Gabriel Perumal: Electronics made easy (Booth, Workshop, presentation)

Teaching kids the basics of electronics so as to raise their curiosity of how things work so as to make them the future makers and innovators of tomorrow

Yuichiro Katsumoto: Catapy Mega (Booth)

Catapy is a toy car that provides the fun of chase. Catapy itself is a palm-sized motorized car covered by a caterpillar track, and it is able to run across a field freely with cute action. People therefore can enjoy chasing Catapy. In this Maker Faire, we show Catapy Mega which is 10 times bigger than the original Catapy. It is huge, fast, and so hot. Let’s chase it!

http://www.yuichirock.com/catapy/

Shi En: SUTD Makers (Booth)

8x RGB LED Cube and one or 2 robots (trainable robotic arm/self balancing robot/hexapod)

Kiki Tay: Special Effects & Magic! (Booth) 

www.kikitayblog.com

Nick Lewty: Centre for Quantum Technologies (Booth)

At the Centre for Quantum Technologies, we study how we can make use of the strange properties quantum mechanics to power the technologies of tomorrow. A lot of the equipment used to probe and understand quantum systems is custom designed and built in house. We will showcase some of the tools we make and demonstrate a few quantum technologies along the way.

www.quantumlah.org

Singapore Homebrew Club: Brew your own beer! (Booth)

Food and beer technologies at SMMF 2014!

http://www.meetup.com/Singapore-Homebrew/

Ong Wei Heng: THE HOMOPOLAR MOTOR (Booth)

The basis of my designs are how homopolar motors works based on Michael Faraday’s Law of Electromagnetism. I am attempting to incorporate the simple motor into a number of attractive items useful for decorative purposes.

How does this motor work:

There are a few neodymium magnets stuck under a normal battery. Magnets have a magnetic field. When there is a current flowing in the copper wire it causes a magnetic field around the wire. When both the magnetic fields interacts with one another the wire experience a force making the wire loop spin. You obtained the magnets from online after much extensive research and tested your motor with scraps of copper that wire given to me by my father.

Why I want to present this project:

How I discovered this motor was out of curiosity. I was searching for how a normal motor work and came across this homopolar motor. So I researched further and realized that it could be made out of simple household items. I gave it a try it’s very beautiful. I also think that it could be incorporated into other household items like home decorations, toys and maybe even on electric cars! I would also like to share this idea with more people through the maker faire, so that they too can build simple yet beautiful things to brighten up their lives. Moreover science is happening in our daily life why not go and explore it and pack even more knowledge.

Gao Guangyan: Loneoceans Laboratories (Booth, presentation)

Ever wanted to make lightning at home? View up close and in detail the various electrical projects and Tesla Coils Guangyan has been building over the past decade in his room. Find out how power electronics is revolutionizing the world of Tesla Coils, and how the newest musical Tesla Coils play music through electrical sparks!

Gao Guangyan shares his projects and experience as a maker and engineer, known for his crazy home projects and Musical Tesla Coils. Follow his journey and learn how he makes lightning at home with an introduction to Tesla Coils, and view up close the inner workings and see hair-raising live-demos of some new Musical Tesla Coils he has built including a new large one in the Singapore Science Centre.

http://www.loneoceans.com/labs/ 

3E Gadgets Pte. Ltd. Arduino for you ? (Booth)

It is simple to make Gadgets using Arduino and the family can have fun together too.

http://3egadgets.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyzEvy3xaWY
http://blog.3egadgets.com/?p=309
http://blog.3egadgets.com/?p=885

CUTE Center, NUS: Smart Sail: An On-sail Force Visualization System (Booth)

SmartSail visualizes the subtle changes of the sail not only to its sailor for making controlling a sailboat easier.

Want some take-away from “Science-Art Fusion”?

When I first heard of the title “Science-Art Fusion!”, I thought that was both telling and not telling. The title suggested some interesting showcase of both science and art, yet I remained clueless on what it is all about. Hence, I attempted to find out more from Jolyon Caplin, our returning maker who showcased the Jolyonophone at last year’s Singapore Mini Maker Faire!

According to Jolyon, “Science-Art Fusion!” is meant to be a slightly mind-boggling theme for his booth, but he also heartily acknowledged that it is the sort of things he does all the time!  He highlighted the general acknowledgement by the public on the increasing integration of the sciences and the arts, where the boundaries are becoming indistinct. He noted that art has used – if not embraced – engineering for many years, and that engineering (particularly in the commercial sector) has employed art more and more.  Hence, his interest lies at showing people how a simple home hobby can satisfy both the technical and artistic interests at the same time.

He hoped that many people will be attracted to the combined sound, light and movement that he is preparing for his booth.  Generally, you can expect to see unlikely things (like bulldozers and F1 cars) dance to music, with a light-show to compliment the whole thing.  There will be radio control and microprocessor examples – but everything will be easy to understand – and quite inexpensive to follow (No Arduinos, contrary to current trends!)

Hence, Jolyon visualised his showcase to appeal to both the young and old.  He aimed to make it exciting to watch and yet inspiring enough for people to want to make these simple things for themselves!

Jolyon acknowledged that he had practically no time to prepare for this year’s Faire but he is nonetheless still looking forward to it. This was especially since he had a great experience from last year, where he picked up 3D printing with home-made designs, where his 6 and 8 year-old girls became very good with Trimble Sketch Up and now want him to print everything in plastic. Isn’t it great that we all have some take-away from the Faire, even though you already have your fair share of hobby indulgence?

If you would like to take-away some inspiration from Jolyon, drop by his booth at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire at SCAPE Warehouse this weekend! Keen to check out what he showcased last year? Check it out here.

So, see you at SCAPE this weekend!

RS Components: DesignSpark – Demonstrating the Raspberry Pi!

DesignSpark by RS Components is a progressive engineering community dedicated to providing an interactive outlet to the engineering world that will be featured at the Singapore Mini Maker Faire this year!

About DesignSpark

DesignSpark is an online engineering community sponsored by RS Components that provides a gateway to online resources and design support for engineers. Created two years ago, DesignSpark.com is an interactive environment for all types of engineers to express their ideas, share their knowledge, and learn from others. Upon free registration to this conducive community, one also has free access to the award winning PCB Design Tool, thousands of free 3D models, and the eTech (a digital and tablet edition electronics magazine), all of which will be featured at DesignSpark’s Mini Maker Faire booth and workshop, so be sure to check out these free DIY tools to amplify your engineering experience!

Raspberry Pi: A Demonstration

The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized bare board that operates many of the functions of a PC, featured by RS Components DesignSpark. Add a keyboard, a mouse, and plug it into a TV, and then it functions just like a basic computer! These days, with society’s ever progressive technology it is almost impossible to see the computer at its bare working basics; however, the Raspberry Pi allows us to take bring technology back about 20 years to its bare essentials. Aspiring engineers everywhere are now able to learn about computer programming interactively—using the Raspberry Pi system, students are able to program their own codes and see how the computer responds to them. It’s all about discovering the world of computers in its most simplistic and beneficial form! DesignSpark will be demonstrating the Raspberry Pi at the Mini Maker Faire, so stop by at the faire to check out this new and innovative way to learn engineering!

DesignSpark is Amplifying Ideas

Upon speaking with the members of the DesignSpark community, I found the organization to be very dynamic—DesignSpark is dedicated in inspiring engineers to fuel their passion and in turning ideas into realities. In both their booth and workshop, they will demonstrate how their free design tools, such as the DesignSpark PCB and the 3D cad model can help makers turn their conceptual ideas into a concrete design. The tools DesignSpark is presenting will break the barriers in designing and spark new ideas for inspired makers everywhere! Currently, DesignSpark is working on the DesignSpark PCB verion 4, which will be the introduction of industry open source hardware platform to its community members. DesignSpark is certainly enthusiastic about sharing knowledge and creativity to help the maker community of Singapore thrive!

Make your own portable handphone microscope

Next in line, the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2012 would like to introduce another workshop “Make your own portable handphone microscope”.

In this workshop, participants will be presented with a number of simple and cheap lens-bearing tools such as door-viewers and loupe, as well as small mirrors, LED torch lights, etc. Some of these could be taken apart and put together to create a new optical toy. According to the workshop facilitators, the main goal of this workshop is to create a microscope that could be easily fixed to your handphone. There will be handphones and webcams for use at the workshop but participants are strongly encouraged to bring your own camera phones that you would like to transform as you will be able to take your device home.

Food for thought: – How much can we enlarge our image? How good is the image? How do we use light? If the magnification is big, how do we hold the microscope?

Camera microscope

So, who are the brains behind this workshop?

There are a total of three persons behind this workshop:- Isabelle Desjeux, Marlou Jasmin Madrio and Leonardus Adi Prasetya Suherlan. Interestingly, the three of them got to know each other only during the briefing session for the Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2012 and the idea to conduct this combined workshop came out of this session! Leonardus even shared a pretty animated (though short) account of how it happened. :P

About Isabelle Desjeux

Isabelle Desjeux: artist (Masters in Fine Arts), scientist (PhD in Molecular Biology) and arts educator (Isadora’s Workshop).

Isabelle is a full-time artist whose art deals with the reality of working in a lab, blurring the boundary between the two fields. In her spare time, Isabelle also runs an art workshop that teaches kids to draw realistically, and observe the world around them. Her ultimate goal is to make children naturally enquire and ask questions.  

What inspired her?

Isabelle was exploring making portable microscopes for her new “Art and Science” space (L ‘Observatoire) and found that there are many things that one could learn from playing with lenses and cheap cameras. Hence, she thought it would be fun for children to have a go at making their own microscopes too! Besides making microscopes, she is also exploring projecting the images for participants to be able to share what they see down the microscope, in a simple and affordable manner. With the recent craze about the transit of Venus, she also started playing around with lucida-type of camera devices to explore better way of seeing and recording the world around us.

Her word of advice

For makers, Isabelle advised that it is good to be ready to adapt any “recipe” you find according to what you have. She found it useful to seek resources from the internet, to find other people who might have the solution to your question, and improvise from there.

For “teachers”, Isabelle felt that one need not give specific instructions. On the other hand, she felt that it would be better to present your “students” with an open problem, some materials and tools. She highlighted the importance to be open about the outcome, and not to be fixated at getting a specific end-product. That way, people have the necessary “play space” and “play time” to come up with interesting stuffs!

On the maker scene in Singapore, Isabelle encourages everyone to keep an open eye on what people throw away as there is always a way to transform what other people do not want!

What’s next?

Isabelle shared that this workshop will probably be incorporated into the activities for her new “Art and Science” space, where tinkering will happen once a month.

About Marlou Jasmin Madrio

Marlou (better known as Marl) is a Systems Engineer working for NCS Pte Ltd, and had a myriad of career experience before moving to Singapore.

What inspired him?

Marl’s account of his life is a testimonial to his in-born maker spirit. Like Ken, the previous maker we introduced, Marl attributed his building passion to the encouragement of his father, whom he proudly shared was a talented automotive mechanic.

Marl reminisced fondly about his High School days when he built things when he couldn’t afford one. In Secondary School, Marl was already an electronics hobbyist. It was then when he already built his first Stereo Audio Power Amplifier which gave him and his family years of enjoyment. He also recalled his College days when he had the time of his life building a Jalopy of a Race Car which was a thrill to drive in. It also brought him fond memories of his late father building this car with him and attending races with him.

Making things in Singapore

In Singapore, he is avidly pursuing IT and open source.

Last year, he built a Lab Bench Power Supply for the Arduino, Phidgets and Beaglebone microcontroller platform. He also has an Arduino Mega microcontroller which he intended to use to build a trans esterification system for converting waste vegetable oil to bio-diesel because he love working on cars.

Marl also shared that he would like to start a “HomeBrew Club” in Singapore one day.

However, Marl said he had recently sidetracked to IT innovations both for his personal pursuits and for his work. For example, he is keen on Internet of Things (IoT) where everyday devices meet internet connectivity. He cited the example of modifying a washing machine to recover grey water which could then be used for flushing the toilet and to make the machine tweet you “your wash is done, Sir”. Sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

However, because he is pursuing these as a hobby, finances would be a hindrance. Marl wish to eventually own his own lab or workshop, which I guess would be the dream of most Makers.

His word of advice

Marl’s sense is that there is not much Maker culture here in Singapore. He is saddened by the fact that youths he met have no interest in making (including those who were taking Design & Technology programme) despite having access to tools and machineries.

Marl would like to advise all budding Makers to pursue their hobby with passion and a purpose. He felt that if a hobby can help to make this world a better place, it would be good for everyone.

Read more about Marl here.

About Leonardus Adi Prasetya Suherlan

Leo is an NUS Electrical Engineering student from Indonesia. His favourite tools are penknives and cellotapes (which he said can fix half of the problems around the block :P).

What inspired him?

Leo mentioned that he was inspired to do DIY work from his frequent trips to his Uncle’s place where he would be invited to build stuffs, from a telescope to a wooden gun to a clock that ran backwards. He grew up with the belief that one can make anything that one can imagine.

Leo joined the Mini Maker Faire with the intention to meet other Makers. He felt that since he shifted to Singapore, he had not been making. Hence, he seemed pleased to share that NUS has now started a Tinkering Club for student makers to meet, discuss and help each other with their projects.

Leo felt that there are many creative people in Singapore but there are not much platforms for these people to showcase their work. He felt there could be more competitions or Maker Faires to facilitate the Maker movement.

His word of advice

Leo’s word of advice to other budding Makers is to just start making. He suggested the website http://www.instructables.com for those with less confidence.

Isabelle, Marl and Leo are all looking forward to see the first Singapore Mini Maker Faire and meet other Makers.You may also check out Isabelle’s blog which also talked about the workshop. The workshop is chargeable at a fee of $5 per participant, payable on the spot as you register for the workshop. There are limited places for up to 10 participants for each day, so do register early when you are there!