DIY paradise at Maker Faire

The annual Bay Area carnival attracts the best makers in the land. See what caught our eye this year.
A person using an iPhone to control a watering can at Maker Faire 2008 in San Francisco.

Peter Bergstrom's iPhone web app sends the phone's accelerometer orientation to a small web server via Javascript, which then starts a motor to tilt a watering can. Tilting the iPhone horizontally brings the can down, and turning it back to vertical brings the can back up.

We’re back from this weekend’s Maker Faire, the third-annual event in San Mateo, California . Our friends at Make continue to up the ante, bringing DIYers from far and wide to show off their projects at the ultimate geek county fair.

Check out the gallery below to see just a handful of the amazing stuff on display this weekend, from the iPhone-controlled watering can to the hacked Guitar Hero controllers that serve as—gasp!—real instruments. PopSci podcaster Chuck Cage also threw together the great Maker Faire highlight reel below.

If you missed the Faire this weekend, never fear: the circus rolls into Austin, Texas later this year.

Photos from Maker Faire 2008 in San Francisco