Category Archives: Featured Maker

Meet the Maker: RunPee App, Dan Florio

runpeeNo need to think twice about buying a large soda before the movie starts anymore – the RunPee app has you covered!

The RunPee app provides you with carefully selected Peetimes for a movie. The Peetimes are made up of 3-5 minutes of the best time to take a bathroom break without missing any major scenes. The app will also fill you in on what you missed while you were gone. The best part is that you don’t have to keep checking your phone to see when the next Peetime is. All you have to do is set a timer when the movie begins and it’ll vibrate before each time it’s safe to make a run for it.

The creator behind the app is Dan Florio. Dan got the idea after sitting through an awfully long three hour movie with his wife. After playing around with the idea for a few hours, he developed the app, and overtime it became a huge hit. Through the hard work of the RunPee team of six, the app has received an enormous amount of media coverage and celebrity recognition including praise from Hugh Jackman.

Don’t miss out on meeting the Maker behind this clever app at Maker Faire Orlando Sept. 13 and Sept. 14!

Meet the Maker: E-Nable

Photo courtesy of www.enablingthefuture.org

Photo courtesy of www.enablingthefuture.org

Ever heard of prosthetics that can be printed from the comfort of your own home?

E-Nable brings us just that. With a team of more than 800 volunteers, E-Nable gives people in need another chance at life with an affordable prosthetic hand that can be 3D printed. For less than $50, anyone from anywhere can create and download a device.

From engineers to tinkerers to occupational therapists and more, E-Nable uses an array of expertise to “lend a hand” to the community. Their current designs have been approved by the FDA for testing through Creighton University, as they work to create and improve affordable custom prosthetics. The E-Nable team does anything from building a complete hand, to helping people print parts of the hand or just simply guiding them through the process of building it themselves.

Meet members of the E-Nable team and see their 3D printed prosthetics in action at Maker Faire Orlando on Sept. 13 and Sept. 14!

Meet the Maker: TROBO, Jeremy Scheinberg & Chris Harden

Photo credit: www.herecomestrobo.com

Photo credit: www.herecomestrobo.com

A smart, cuddly robot that talks? I don’t think it gets better than this.

Meet TROBO. TROBO is a plush companion that takes kids on learning adventures and gets them excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). With an interactive storytelling app, TROBO reads out loud and engages with children ages 2-7 through an iPad or Android tablet. By using the child’s name and picture, the app and robot personalize the story for the child, making them feel like they’re really part of the learning magic.

The Maker’s behind this product are Jeremy Scheinberg and Chris Harden. Too many encounters with too many useless toys led these professionals to develop a brainy companion for children. Last November, TROBO took home the silver in the Orlando Startup Weekend competition.

Come check out TROBO in action and meet the Makers at Maker Faire Orlando Sept. 13 and Sept. 14!

Meet the Maker: Two Glassy Broads

Is your glass half empty or half full? Well, for these gals, it’s neither – it’s shattered!

Two Glassy Broads is a team of three women who create one-of-a-kind glass items that are fun and functional. Some of their original designs include wind chimes, Christmas ornaments, small plates and decorations. Most of their creations are made from recycled glass, but they also use fusing glass.

In 2008, this Central-Florida based shop formed to create vibrant art to brighten people’s homes. Through hand cutting, painting and heating, these pieces are created with precision and delicacy.

Come see how Two Glassy Broads have turned shattered glass into art at Maker Faire Orlando on September 13 & 14 at Orlando Science Center!

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Photo credit: www.etsy.com/shop/2GlassyBroads

Meet the Maker: TECreation, MaxAir

MaxAir Fins

Photo credit: www.tecreationdev.com

Deep ocean fanatics and SCUBA divers, rejoice!

Thanks to modern plastics, TECreation has created the flexible, multi-vane MaxAir swim fin. The MaxAir swim fin is proven to be 11 to 17 percent more air efficient than the standard swim fin. With increased air efficiency, swimming becomes easier for SCUBA divers and snorkelers, allowing them to stay underwater longer.

With its radical design, it allows for lift and reduces drag. Swimmers can enjoy smooth kicking with minimal effort with fins that work for you rather than against you. In 2011, MaxAir was awarded the People’s Choice Award at Central Florida Inventors Fair in Orlando, Fla. TECreation continually strives to make it easier for man to coexist with nature, and MaxAir fins definitely fit the bill.

Join us and dive into Maker Faire Orlando Sept. 13 and Sept 14! Meet the makers and learn about the development process for making efficient recreational swim fins.

Meet the Maker: Natalie Leath, Punk Rock White Trash

Zombie crochet dolls? Watch out, they may try to eat you while you sleep.

Natalie Leath is the Maker behind these artistically creepy creations. It all began four years ago when she made a zombie doll for Addy Miller, star of the renowned show “The Walking Dead.”  The response she received was huge, and from then on she has made hundreds of customized, plush hats and dolls.

After teaching herself how to crochet, she spends about 10 hours a day crocheting anything you can think of! A giant Ursela doll? You got it. A zombie hat with a snake coming out of the eye? Done. A My Little Pony inspired doll? Yup! From gruesome to cute and cuddly, Natalie’s handmade creations are perfect gifts for the whole family.

Be sure to stop by and check out Natalie’s new spin on crocheting Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14 at Maker Faire Orlando!

An example of crotchet creations by Natalie Leath

Natalie creates unique crotchet hats and dolls. Photo credit: www.punkrockwhitetrash.com

Meet the Maker: First Love Collection

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Mary Pompilus is the maker behind First Love Collection, a shop specializing in all-natural bath and body products. Some of the items you can find in Mary’s online shop include handmade candles, sugar scrub, soap, lip balm, and body butter for men and women. Read our interview with Mary to learn more about her craft and what she will be bringing to Maker Faire Orlando!

1. You served as a contractor for the U.S. Government in Afghanistan and started making homemade products while there. What kinds of things were you making then? Where did you find the ingredients you needed?
While in Afghanistan, the first product I made were whipped body butters (with a lot of trial and error). I researched companies on the internet that had a significant number of positive reviews, shipped internationally and offered organic/kosher products. My staple suppliers are Organic Creations, Mountain Rose Herbs and Bulk Apothecary.

2. All of the products you sell now are natural and organic. Why do you think it’s important to use natural ingredients? What is the benefit?
For starters, you aren’t applying harsh, unknown and hard to pronounce chemicals on your body. Additionally, all but a few of my ingredients are food grade. Therefore, you know your body has a natural ability to absorb the moisturizing qualities and healing properties that each ingredient provides.

3. What are your favorite products to make? Do you have a particular fragrance or ingredient you enjoy using most?
My favorite product to make are the whipped body butter! The final whipped butter is extremely comparable to real whipped cream. I always have to remind myself not to eat it! For the summer I personally will be using my Perfect Peach fragrance. It’s a very fun, crisp, clean peach fragrance.

4. What will you be sharing with Maker Faire Orlando visitors?
The entire product line will be available: whipped body butters, lip balms, candles, hand crafted soap and sugar scrubs. I’ll also have an interactive session for kids to measure, cut, wrap and decorate their own soap. The goal is to engage children on how to accurately measure dimensions and let their creative juices flow in decorating the soap for packaging.

5. Just for fun, what’s your Orlando staple? (Eatery, event, place to visit, etc.)
Cirque du Soleil! I’ve seen La Nouba at Downtown Disney on three separate occasions and another two shows in Las Vegas. Locally, Gallery on the Edge is a great art boutique in College Park with local artist’s work that I like as well.

Come see Mary and the First Love Collection at Maker Faire Orlando on September 13 & 14 at the Orlando Science Center! You can also find First Love Collection on Instagram and Facebook.

Maker Gabriel Anzziani Launches Oscilloscope Watch on Kickstarter

oscilliscope watchOrlando Mini Maker Faire Maker Gabriel Anzziani is back on Kick Starter, this time with his Oscilloscope Watch, “The watch for the electronic geek.”

What’s not to love?! The Oscilloscope Watch has all the features of a modern watch – time, calendar, alarm  -  combined with all the features of the popular Xprotolab  - Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Logic Analyzer, Protocol Sniffer, Frequency Counter – because who doesn’t need an oscilloscope on his or her wrist?

“The idea itself of an oscilloscope watch was suggested by some customers a couple of years ago,” says Gabriel. ” But I took the idea seriously a couple of months ago after visiting a friend. He had a home automation control box that was not working. We opened it up but we had no way test it. I thought that a guy that designs and sells oscilloscopes should always have one on him. The idea of the oscilloscope watch came back to me and I started the design.”

You can check out the details on KickStarter at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/920064946/oscilloscope-watch, and see a prototype watch at Gabriel’s booth at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire on Saturday.

Gabriel will also be sharing his insights as a member of the  OMMF Crowdfunding Panel, at 2pm in the Imagination Classroom.  The Oscilloscope Watch is the third KickStarter campaign he’s run , with both his previous campaigns – the XProtolab Portable Oscilliscope and the Xminilab Portable Oscilloscope  bringing in double his campaign goals!

Way to go, Gabriel!

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OSC & LI4E Team to Bring Cardboard Challenge to Orlando Mini Maker Faire!

OSC.The Orlando Science Center, host of the 2nd annual Orlando Mini Maker Faire, is teaming up with Learning is for Everyone (LI4E.org) , an experiential learning organization based in Tampa, to host the Global Cardboard Challenge during the Orlando Mini Maker Faire.

cardboard challengeInspired by the short film, “Caine’s Arcade,” the Global Cardboard Challenge is a worldwide celebration of child creativity and the role communities  can play in fostering it.  October 5th is the anniversary of the flash mob that came out to make Caine’s day, a fitting opportunity for communities everywhere to come together to play, and a great complement to the Orlando Mini Maker Faire being held on that day – the Greatest Show and Tell on Earth, and the world’s greatest creative playground!

The Global Cardboard Challenge:
• engages children in creative play
• fosters creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, perseverance and teamwork
• gives children an opportunity to explore their interests and passions, and make things that have an impact on others
• provides a platform for communities to actively foster and celebrate child creativity and
• increases global happiness and makes for a happier, more playful world!

J.J. Leissing, the Director of Visitor Experience at Orlando Science Center, says of the Cardboard Challenge, “We want this to be an opportunity for even the littlest learners to be able to build and make something. Using cardboard boxes they will be able to construct and build a whole city out of cardboard amongst cars, trains and planes in our All Aboard exhibit. Creativity is a central theme of this activity. ”

And creativity is at the center of everything Learning is for Everyone doesLogo with URL.  With a mission to support the Curiosity Driven Life, LI4E works to change culture from passive consumption to active creation, through efforts like the development of Community Innovation Centers, ROBOCON Tampa Bay, – a large scale FIRST robotics showcase – TEDxYouth@TampaBay, and Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire, as well as through “pop up” creative ventures like the Deconstruction and Red Bull Creation.

Visit the Orlando Science Center online to learn more about all the great programs and events they host and organize, and join us at the All Aboard area at OSC to let your creativity run wild in our collaborative Cardboard Challenge!

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Meet the Maker: DeltaMaker

There is one universal truth about 3D printing and that is: IT-IS-COOL.

The team of Makers behind the newest 3D printing technology, DeltaMaker, have taken this truth to all a whole new level and you can see it at Orlando Mini Maker Faire.

Photo courtesy of DeltaMaker

Photo courtesy of DeltaMaker

This Kickstarter-funded project is the brainchild of four individuals, each with their own unique engineering background. It is with the thoughtful skill of a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, software engineer and aerospace engineer that this elegant personal printer came to be. All together, this team has experience in engineering, product design and development, consulting, business management, and entrepreneurship. They also have extensive experience professionally in their fields working for such companies as Lockheed Martin, IBM, Raytheon and FLIR Systems.

The DeltaMaker is built on a delta robot platform that allows it to print both big and fast, without the delay seen with traditional 3D printers. The unique design of the machine also enables precision printing of high resolution. With their office right here in Orlando, Fla., it is only appropriate that these Makers show off their incredible success with fellow Makers and creators.

This is 3D printing like you have never seen before. Come support your local DeltaMaker team at the Orlando Mini Maker Faire on Oct. 5 to see what a little creativity and innovation can do.

Profile written by Jamie Frishman, Public Relations & Marketing Intern at Orlando Science Center.