Mystery Penny

I've been doing a lot of house cleaning this weekend. I finally took a moment to take a giant bucket of pennies that had been accumulating over the past 6-7 years to Coinstar.

I was a penny short of $43. One of the pennies that came back was the one show above. It's been through one of those souvenir penny smushing machines at the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose.

I've never been there. I'm not sure if I know anyone who has been there. No idea how I ended up with this one. 


Atlanta Mini Maker Faire

Today Jeff and I headed down to Georgia Tech to check out the Atlanta Mini Maker Faire. It was a nice mix of robots, 3D printers, and other do-it-yourself crafts.

This was a neat home automation project using power over ethernet to control and power things. I liked how they were using recycled antique BlackBerry displays. Evidently you can get old BackBerrys for $1 each in bulk on eBay. See http://smg.tophi.net/  for more info on the project.

Remote-controlled robotic skateboard.

Someone trying it out... we gave her plenty of room.

Make your own drone.

Meet the Proteus 6xi. One day it will be able to see me and use radar so it won't run over me.

Cool stuff/art from Maker Joe.

There were at least 3-4 Artoo units running around.

You can't really have too many.

Lawnbot 400. What could possibly go wrong?

Alas The King of Pops was out of pops.  :(

Thing-O-Matic in action.
(I want a Thing-O-Matic.)

Very cool ceramic robots made by Michael Klapthor.

Panorama of the Georgia Tech campus on the way out.
(I'll have to post a larger version of this somewhere.)

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