Maker Faire 2009

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Everyone loved the $100,000 electric supercars from Tesla motors.

From the Tesla Motors website: 375 volt AC induction air-cooled electric motor with variable frequency drive. Output 248 peak horsepower (185kW) and 276 ft/lbs (375 nm) of torque. Redline 14,000 rpm.

 

They drove one around a bit and it was dead silent. They had better include a terrific sound system or these things are going to be deadly.

 

They also brought an unskinned chassis.

 

Jason helped me lift the front end off the ground. If the chassis had been any lighter, we could have shoplifted one.

 

The center lawn area had a variety of low-tech original thrill rides, including this awesome Whirl-a-Rator.

The kids on board provided the power.

The red and white saucer spun around the pole, wrapping the suspension ropes in a spiral down the center maypole. When the saucer got a few feet up, it would stop, reverse and slowly drop, unwinding the ropes from the pole.

Six kids, by shifting their weight at the top and bottom of the cycle, could keep it spinning continuously. It was very cool. This was my favorite thing at Maker 2009.

 

Adam Savage from Mythbusters spoke. A few people stopped to listen.

You can just spot him in this photo, on stage between the black and white sections of the back wall.

Adam's 60 minute speech (Colossal Failures) is on FORA.tv.

 

Invasion of the Quadrilla booth.


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