This one earned a spot on many "Best of Maker Faire" lists: "Sandwriter SKRYF" by Gijs van Bon writes poems on the ground in sand. That's him on the left.
A "Harmonograph" created by students, faculty and staff of California College of the Arts. Pendulums swing the writing apparatus and surface to create complex geometric patterns.
Another project from California College of the Arts: A bicycle-powered wood lathe.
From Fiesta Hall, aka the "Dark Room": "Portrait of Resonance and Chaos" by Joel Dream features mechanized pendulums illuminated by live videos.
"The Aurora Range," by Bryan Sullivan, combines the artist's interests in topology and psychedelic art. It consists of jigsaw-cut wooden layers illuminated by hidden LEDs that continuously change color.
Christopher Schardt's "Nova" invited attendees to listen to classical music while lying beneath a large, animated LED panel.
James Peterson's "Dream Catcher."
Sereneti is a robotic cooking system. The makers showed an earlier prototype last year. This is a more-advanced version, but I was told it's still about a year-and-a-half from commercial availability.
Nine-year-old Omkar Govil-Nair makes kits for building smartwatches. For his seventh birthday, he asked to be the CEO of his own company, and his dad explained that first he had to make a product.
Kamigami Robots (formerly Dash Robotics) makes $99 kits for building programmable robots. The company originated as a research project at UC Berkeley.
ZaZZatron is the latest creation from Alvin Petty of San Francisco. It's made from a used mobility chair, plywood, tin and "countless household items."
Julia Dvorin and Anjanette Hill-Mendoza encourage makers to "Fly Your Freak Flag High." Dvorin's goal: "I want to reclaim the word 'freak' — I want to make it a compliment, not an insult."
Danny Scheible's Tapigami is a perennial favorite at Maker Faire. The sculptures are made entirely from masking tape.
Sensel Morph is a pressure-sensitive input device that can be configured for music, art and other applications. Shown here are two music production overlays.
A cloth keyboard in the Santa Barbara Hackerspace.
Douglas Chalk creates timepieces that are works of art. His "Clever Clocks" are sold in museum stores around the world.
David West makes these "Kinetic Sculptures That Keep Pretty Good Time." Built by hand, they're powered by gravity, using lead weights that have to be reset each day.
The Tri-Valley Wood Carvers Club shows hand-carved objects made by its members.
Tucson artist Paul Nosa draws pictures with a solar-powered sewing machine.
Inside the San Francisco Bazaar, a marketplace featuring local artists and craftspeople. Here, Bay Area designer Virginie Manichon shows her wooden "Bizibots."
Makers will be exterminated! This Dalek roamed Maker Faire, pointing its plunger at anyone who got in its way. It's modeled after Daleks seen in early versions of Dr. Who.
Version 2.1 of Dennis Aiken's wooden robot costume, imagined as a collaboration between Tony Stark (Iron Man) and Geppetto.
15-year-old Farrell Reid makes props inspired by sci-fi movies and TV shows. He shows how it's done on his YouTube channel and Facebook page.
General Electric had a booth promoting its "smart" LED bulbs.
The Physics Bus is a science exhibit on wheels. This version, developed by physics teachers in Tucson, Ariz., was inspired by the original Physics Bus from Ithaca, N.Y.
Power Tool Drag Races, featuring a couple of revved-up belt sanders.
Belt sanders, start your engines.