This weekend Barnes & Noble is holding a Mini Maker Faire. We went over to the Steven’s Creek Barnes & Noble to check it out. What they did was take over the nook area and had some folding chairs setup and presenters got up and showed off various toys. In the end it was just a giant sales pitch. Perfect time of year to get kids ready for their Christmas Lists.
The first event was a brief overview of the Raspberry Pi. I should have known this wasn’t good when the presenter said that he hadn’t even heard of the Raspberry Pi until a couple weeks ago. He gave a decent presentation of the basics of the RPi. He covered the Raspberry Pi Foundation and all the good work they are doing in schools. He briefly touched on robotics, the GPIO and the other features that make the Raspberry Pi unique. Since this was the first presentation that I went to I wasn’t ready for the amount of emphasis they would be putting on selling what they are talking about.
The second event was a showcasing of little electronic gadgets that they had for sale. From the sphero to a quadracopter this event had the kids attention from beginning to end. Of particular interest was the 3D printer they were featuring for only $360. It seems like a steal at that price, but they were adamant that the price was correct.
I guess what I was looking for was closer to the real Maker Faire where you could actually get some hands on experience with making things. This was about selling things that were already made. If you are planning on going to this event today or if Barnes & Noble does it again next year, just keep in mind this is more of an extended commercial.