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Whenever you go to cover a tech conference, there's always an outing to a local bar to satiate the desire almost every journalist has to have a buzz on. When we went out for the obligatory brew at Computex this year, I had no idea I was about to get a lesson in 3D printing, electronics and foozball all at the same time. It's called Makerbar, and it's an awesome concept.

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Mankind might not be able to fly yet, but until that day comes it seems we're pretty happy to simulate the experience by strapping cameras to everything from falcons, to drones, to now even frisbees. Although that last one requires a cleverly designed mechanism so that the footage from a flying, spinning disc isn't completely sickening.

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The letterpress was a huge leap forward for mass communication when Johannes Gutenberg perfected the moveable type machine way back in the 1450s. These days, it's considered a specialty craft. But this tiny letterpress is thoroughly modern: It's assembled with parts printed on a standard 3D printer. Whoa.

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We’re big fans of Make here at Giz, so we’re excited by the first Australian Maker Faire at Swinburne University of Technology next month. Expect tinkering workshops and exhibitions for all sorts of technology and science, including DIY rockets and robots!

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ArcAttack graced us with their musical Tesla coils - and an entertaining interview - at last year's Gizmodo Gallery. And as impressed as we were with their performance then, I'm downright giddy that they've added the Dr Who theme to their repertoire.

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We love the whacky creativity of the Maker Faire here at Giz, and all you DIY gadget enthusiasts out there will be pleased to hear MAKE has just put out a call for Makers for the upcoming Austin Faire. You've got until September 4th to get your application in, and the faire itself will be happening October 18th and 19th at the Travis County Expo Centre.

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Digital Wheel Art, a wheelchair painting program to help disabled people make art was on display at the Maker Faire event in NYC tonight. Creator YoungHyun Chung was inspired to create the device after seeing children with cerebral palsy whose limited movement stifled their artistic expression. Here's how it works, plus a video of the system in action.

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newVideoPlayer("makersr2d2.flv", 494, 300,""); Chris James' R2-D2 won four Make Magazine editors' choice ribbons at Maker Faire and it's easy to see why: not only does it have every detail from the original—except having a little person inside—but this one is even more charming, capable of singing the Star Wars theme, and Indiana Jones sound bites. It only needs to have a built-in projector to be absolutely perfect. We asked Chris about the obvious next step: installing sensory inputs and artificial intelligence to make it truly autonomous. His take—and another video of R2 dancing with kids at Maker Faire—after the jump.

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newVideoPlayer("makersiphonewatering.flv", 494, 300,""); Peter set up a robotic watering can to take directions from an iPhone. When Safari's screen state goes from horizontal to vertical, it sends a status update to a webserver via javascript that sets the watering can up or down. Pretty simple but clever setup.