A choir of mechanical lobsters, bass, trout, catfish and sharks
mounted on a blue Volvo sedan belted out tunes
. Children wearing t-shirts proclaiming 'Will Render For Food,' clutched bags of kettle corn. Young and old stepped out of the California sun for hands-on workshops on soldering. This is our kind of scene.
team put on a show at the Maker Faire
for the tens of thousands of do-it-yourselfers crowding through the grounds of the San Mateo County Event Center
for the weekend event.
The Faire is at the center of a movement
of do-it-yourselfers who take pride in mastering the technologies in the world around them, whether that means turning scooters and sheet metal into cupcake cars ' complete with sprinkle-adorned hats ' or learning how to mix Diet Coke and Mentos into magnificent, and messy, displays of do-it-yourself science.
Hands on: NVIDIANs walked fairgoers through the process of building a PC.
NVIDIA's GeForce team fit right in, leading attendees through hands-on workshops showing them how to build their own PC, overclock a GPU and turn a PC case into a work of art.
'The reason we're here is we want to celebrate the spirit of do-it-yourself,' NVIDIA's Peter Kingsley said as he toted his 20-month-old daughter around the show. 'Building your own GeForce gaming PC is easy, cost efficient, rewarding and a lot of fun.'
In between sessions led by NVIDIANs clad in black and green t-shirts, the GeForce hardware on display at NVIDIA's booth drew lustful glances.
'What I would give for that PC,' said Chris, as he eyed a machine equipped with three NVIDIA GTX Titan graphics cards.
'I'm a total NVIDIA fanboy,' said David, a freshman at Harvey Mudd College, before diving into a session led by NVIDIA's Tom Petersen explaining how to tune up your GPU. 'All this hardware is first rate.'
Also drawing gawkers: Brian Carter ' who runs Bods Mods, a custom PC case shop ' hand assembled a robot-shaped PC case out of acrylic over the course of the weekend as fair-goers asked him about his work.
The clear plastic case, and its motorized robot arms, drew plenty of comments as Carter pieced the machine together.
'Amazing, that' s just amazing,' said Andy, who was showing his son, Rob, around the Maker Faire.
Andy, who hand-built his own gaming PC for sessions of 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II' was inspired.
'We need to build him one at some point,' he said, gesturing towards Rob, who grinned. 'In fact, I think it's time to get started.'
NVIDIA will be at the Maker Faire all weekend at booth #328. Check our list of workshops and plan your day here:http://ow.ly/l8ODO