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A magical Maker Faire

Maker Faire, a weekend do-it-yourself-o-rama, attracts hundreds of exhibitors to San Mateo Fairgrounds.
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Wozniak polo

The Maker Faire, which took place in San Mateo, Calif., on Saturday and Sunday, was a smorgasbord of geek fare. Here, Apple Computer co-founder Steve Wozniak and fellow enthusiasts play the relatively new sport of Segway polo.

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Segway polo

For more than two years, Segway owners have been playing polo on their gyro-stabilized, two-wheel transporters. Here, players take each other on at the Maker Faire.

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Crucible

The Crucible, a Berkeley, Calif.-based fire-and-metal arts organization, brought its Educational Response Vehicle to the Maker Faire. The "fire truck" repeatedly spewed giant fireballs.

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Rave 'Raff Tall

Lindsay Lawlor brought his robotic giraffe, the Rave 'Raff, to the Maker Faire. Lawlor is pointing to the Rave 'Raff and wearing the giraffe-theme shirt.

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Rave 'Raff kneeling

The Rave 'Raff comes complete with a sound system and a ton of LED effects. Here, the giraffe kneels down low for Lawlor to show off.

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Ripping apart computers

One of the biggest attractions for kids at the Maker Faire is a room filled with computers brought especially for ripping apart.

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Robot Fencing

Far in the back of the Maker Fair's main hall, attendees could find two robots programmed to fence.

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Little girl and 'Simon'

A little girl plays on Alec Bennett's "Trampoline Simon."

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Animation

A family works at Thomas Zimmerman's "Z's Stop-Frame Animation" table.

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8-ball

A giant 8 ball floated over the entrance to the Maker Faire.

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Tim Robinson calculator

Retired computer engineer Tim Robinson shows off his "Difference Engine," a mechanical calculator based on Charles Babbidge's 1848 design.

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Little boy and paper airplane

One of the most popular demonstrations at Maker Faire taught people how to make highly effective paper airplanes. Here, a boy prepares to throw two creations at the Maker Faire.

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Little girl and paper airplane

A little girl prepares to throw her paper airplane.

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Bubbles

Tom Noddy shows how two bubbles, one filled with smoke, can merge.

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Bubbles too

Perhaps the best-attended presentation at Maker Faire is Tom Noddy's exhibition of how to make incredible soap bubbles.

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