Meet the Maker: E-Nable

Photo courtesy of enablingthefuture.org

Photo courtesy of 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