Two-Tonne Mantis Strides into Maker Faire UK

Posted on April 21, 2015

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Get ready for the two-tonne hexapod at Maker Faire UK

Two-tonne stepper the Mantis Walking Machine will be a star performer at Maker Faire UK 2015. Constructor Matt Denton’s turbo diesel powered hydraulic walker hexapod robot was created as a crossover between art and engineering. Fans of mega-robots and extreme machines should get themselves down to Newcastle’s Centre For Life this weekend for Maker Faire to watch its antics alongside a supporting cast of engineering spectaculars.

Also making an appearance are the Human Machine – a 4m high sculpture of a human head and shoulders – using gears of ice to make movements; the Osmosis Machine, a 10 foot tall kinetic painting, more live art installation than man, and; T.rex the jurassic giant going walkabout.

Story Makers
In line with the usual strong educational and inspirational line-up at each Maker Faire event, there is also a distinguished speaker schedule throughout the two days. Featuring tech specialists, drone pilots, open source gurus and amazing artists, the roster runs as follows:

Saturday 25 April
10.30 Justin Pringle (Heliguy) – Everything you need to know about flying small drones, pictured right with one of his copters.

11.00 Phil Case (CREATE Education) – Education to Ultimaker CREATE a Better Way Of Living with The e-Wheelchair Project

11.30 Alasdair Allan (MAKE Media) – Fixing the Internet of Things

12.00 Nick Sayers (Giant Drawing Machine) – Making On The Move: Travel With My Art

12.30 Vinay Gupta – Protecting History from Hackers: Preserving the Cultural Memory of the Digital Age From Tampering

13.00 Jaime Arredondo (Oslantis) – Crowd-challenging to accelerate Open Source change

13.30 Phillip Handschin (MediaTek) – Getting started with LinkIt ONE the Ultimate developer board for wearables and IoT

14.00 Antonio Moreira (Printoo) – Printed electronics tech for Makers

15.00 Mick Stephenson (Litre of Light) – Seeing the light: transforming spaces through plastic bottles

15.30 Mark Wrigley (Pikon Telescope) – Makers and Social Media: the 3rd Industrial Revolution
 

Internet activist Cory Doctorow

Internet activist Cory Doctorow

Sunday 26 April
11.00 Mark Wrigley (Pikon Telescope) – Makers and Social Media: the 3rd Industrial Revolution

11.30 Alasdair Allan (MAKE Media) – Fixing the Internet of Things

12.00 Justin Pringle (Heliguy) – Everything you need to know about flying small drones

12.30 Antonio Moreira (Printoo) – When Everyday Objects Come to Life

13.30 Phillip Handschin (MediaTek) – Getting started with LinkIt ONE the Ultimate developer board for wearables and IoT

14.00 Cory Doctorow (Boing Boing) – Guard Labour in the 21st Century: Orwell was an optimist

14.30 Mitch Altman – The Need For Community

15.30 Nick Sayers (Giant Drawing Machine) – Giant Drawing Machines

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