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Maker Faire Brings Giant Human-Controlled Robot to Bay Area

Maybe a world where humans pilot a giant robot and race for sports and entertainment isn't too far away. One of those 13-foot tall and 7,500 pounds robots made its debut at Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend at the San Mateo County Event Center. Marijuana DUI Suspected in Fremont Crash That Killed 3 The machine, "Prosthesis," is the world's first racing mech and it has no autonomy, requiring a human pilot, according to the Faire's spokesperson. Prosthesis is a creation by Jonathan Tippet and his team at the Vancouver-based eatART Foundation. The four-legged steel giant is powered by "a cutting edge, modular, expandable hybrid-electric power plant," the foundation said. DA: 10 Kids Were Strangled, Shot With Crossbow, Waterboarded The Maker Faire is a self-proclaimed world's biggest celebration of invention and creativity. The 3-day event is expected to draw over 125,000 enthusiasts who are there for over 1,200 curated projects of art, robotics and science.  "In some ways, this exhibition is a celebration of the community that allowed a crazy dream like this to become something real," Tippett said. San Francisco to Open Nation's First Supervised Drug Site Beside Prosthesis, a creation by famed sculptor Duane Flatmo of Humboldt County is on display. "Rabid Transit" by Flatmo is a kinetic sculpture of a pirate ship rabid animals on board that are animated and shoot sails of fire. It's made from recycled metal and aluminum scrap metal. "It seems like we all gather round fire since the beginning of time. Fire brings us together, and my mom always told me I couldn't play with matches, so," Flatmo, who has been making sculptures for Burning Man for a decade, told NBC Bay Area. Maker Faire also features projects from other countries like China, Taiwan, Nepal, Japan, Guatemala, India, South Korea, Austria, Turkey, Belgium, Belarus and Mexico. "This is the origin story of this kind of creative culture, a culture that appreciates work across technololgy, craft, science," said Managing Director of Maker Faire, Sabrina Merlo. Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

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