Las Vegas Maker Faire 2016

If you're a maker then surely you've heard of the famous Maker Faires that have been sprouting up all over the nation. Dubbed "the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth," the Maker Faire prides itself on being a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. In a nutshell, it’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning, plus it's supported by Make: magazine. All of it combined is a perfect fit for GroupGets!

The original Maker Faire has been running for 10 years in Northern California, but due to its success, many independently organized and community-driven Mini Maker Faires have developed. The Las Vegas Mini Maker Faire hosted it's 3rd edition on February 28th, sponsored by Syn Shop and Pololu, GroupGets was happy to make the trek.

Over 1,500 people attended with makers ranging from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. Check out the view!

Faire photo

We partnered with our friends, Dronesmith Technologies and showcased our flagship GetLab product, the PureThermal 1 - FLIR Lepton Smart I/O Module to integrate thermal imaging on their premium QKII drone.

Dronesmith/GroupGets Table

Check out the strength of the QKII while it uses a custom hook to pick up a payload.

QKII Animated GIF

Our other Las Vegas friends and partners, Keyport, had their own table featuring the Keyport Slide 3.0 & Pivot. This gadget is revolutionizing the multi-tools that contain your everyday needs, and we're proud to be part of it!

Photo of Keyport Slide 3.0 & Pivot

Here's Team 6891 Jackpot who built a ball launching robot, more information and a video of the robot in action can be viewed here.

Ball launching robot

Braxton Wirthlin is a maker and Youtube content creator who focuses on wood and metal work. Here he's showcasing his jumbo Jenga set. See more on his YouTube channel.

Braxton Wirthlin's booth

A fan favorite was the Tesla Coil and Electro magnetic disc shooting machine (Project Hathor) made by Krux. Learn more about it at

Tesla coil & electromagnetic disc shooter

R2D2 showed up, no big deal. Just kidding, everyone freaked out and stood in line for selfies.


Some fantastical steampunk gadgets on display.

Steampunk gadgets

A fun display was GravityRoads' Light Play. See it in action on this YouTube video.

Light Play

While in Las Vegas, we absolutely must stop by Dronesmith Technologies headquarters, formerly known as Skyworks Aerial Systems, and see the work in action.

Dronesmith team members

Dronesmith office

We spotted our very own GetLab PureThermal 1 live streaming thermal images of their office.

Dronesmith's PureThermal 1 thermal live streaming setup -1
PureThermal 1 Livestream Setup

The plastic kitty makes for a pretty good target.

PureThermal 1 Livestream Setup

All in all, it was another successful event under our belt. We were happy to connect with old friends and make some new ones in the Maker industry. Until next time!

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