World's Oldest Electric Car Gets Rebuilt, Driven (video)

Looking like the steampunk love-child of a Segway and an old English penny-farthing bicycle, Ayrton and Perry’s electric car offered

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World’s Oldest Car Powered by Steam Heads to Auction

We can probably debate what counts as the world’s first “real” automobile, since the “De Dion Bouton Et Trepardoux Dos-A-Dos Steam Runabout” is more of a train without tracks than an actual car. But it is up for auction, and ran not on gasoline that would come to define the car…but on steam power.

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Maker Faire is Over! So Start Your Own…

The beauty of the Maker Faire is to show us that we CAN make it. Want a diesel motorcycle? You can do it. Want to convert your vehicle to electric? Or steam? Go for it, these guys did! Want a suitcase you can cruise through the airport on? If my 10 year old nephew can make one, I’m sure you can too. For the Maker Faire to expand is to revive that pioneer spirit so many Americans have lost. Even the major sponsor, GE, found something fun and unusual to do with solar panels. They had a solar-powered carousel. It could’ve been a bit more Steampunk, though.

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Eco Knievel: A Macho Force For Good | Maker Faire 2011

Although the original faire in San Mateo is getting too crowded for my tastes, it remains an excellent place to instill children with a passion for creation. It’s teeming with wonderful examples of how science and math can be fun and wild. Despite feeling quite jaded elsewhere, there’s one thing that never fails to fill me with wonder and delight. And that’s a Tesla coil. Even better TWO Tesla coils! But even better than that, they’re alighting on a Faraday cage filled with children! Oh, and just when you thought it couldn’t possibly be any better….

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