Gallery: Maker Faire Bay Area 2012

This weekend, we headed out to San Mateo, CA to check out the 2012 edition of Maker Faire, the giant festival where weird and cool people show off their weird and cool stuff. As you look through the gallery below, you might catch yourself wondering what the point of some of these projects are. Try not to waste too much time attempting to figure it out, since a lot what you'll see at Maker Faire only exists because someone with the right mix of creativity, talent and free time thought that it should.

If you don't live around San Francisco, there are Maker Faires and Mini Maker Faires all over the world. Odds are, you can find one near you, just check out this handy map to see where and when you can go see some of these things for yourself.

Via Maker Faire

All photos taken by Evan Ackerman for DVICE.

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(it's a big gallery, so it may take a second or two.)