The second annual SXSW Create brings together local and international members of the SXSW community to share disruptive creations, innovative tools and unique fabrication methods.
I was a little underwhelmed for the most part. Much smaller than the Dorkbot back in 2006. But one fundamental thing changed since then that makes everything today cooler: 3D printers. Below, some photos, videos and observations.
This is the Leap Motion Controller. It’s a little box that can track all your fingers in space. They started preorders last year and it looked so cool on the videos that of course I ordered one. Well, they are shipping in May, and I finally saw it in person. Useful for me? Unsure. Cool? As hell.
This is a demo of the MaKey Makey. Plug it in to turn almost anything into sort of a sensor. Here they are demoing a fruit piano. Kinda cute.
The star, in my opinion: 3D Printing. That was the Makerbot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, slowly but surely building some little figurines from melted plastic filament. This stuff is amazing. It sells for $2,199, which sounds like a lot. But think of this: when I was a kid, I wanted a color flatbed scanner really bad. But they cost around $2,199. Now they cost less than $100. See what I mean? This stuff is going to be everywhere!
I just got my Raspberry Pi delivered 20 minutes ago after a seemingly eternal wait. I’m staring at it blankly with no idea what I should do with it. Any suggestions are welcome.
In the meantime I need to grab an SD card and a power supply so I can boot it up.
The Raspberry Pi is a very inexpensive ($35 because I bought the “high-end” one) small computer. It has an ARM processor (like your phone!) and a few ports. You provide a Linux installation in an SD card, a power supply, keyboard, mouse (optional), and a screen. I’m sure people will put together cool things for this once it’s been out for a while. For now… let’s see what I can do.