The DesignSpark team in Asia joined the Maker Faire this weekend in Singapore, first of the kind for the team.
The Maker Faire was participated by a full room of enthusiatic art, craft, electronics, and robotic hobbyists and solution providers, gathered over the weekend as part of the 3-week Science Festival across Singapore.
We borrowed two sets of demonstrations from one of Japan's hobbyists and featured at the DesignSpark booth:
You can see the first was a MP3 Music Player demo in which the 32-bit RX Renesas MCU board (called Gadget Renesas GR Sakura) has codec to play mp3 and operates a touch-screen to allow tapping to select songs. The second one is a swinging GR Sakura board is enclosed in a Lego frame with a motor driving the spin at the bottom, and the side of the Sakura board has a panel of LEDs to give an effect as 360 degrees display panel. Programmed with two games, you can play bouncing ping pong and Tetris.
Here is a fun banana piano keyboard at one of the other booths of another creator:
At the RS Components DesignSpark booth, we showcased the Raspberry Pi installed with the latest Raspbian image, powered by a portable battery pack and connected to a 32" Full HD TV via HDMI:
And of course a set of low-cost open-source and popular development kits including Arduino Uno, chipKit, mBed, MSP430, and more...
At another booth here is a cool robot: