Inventors showcase ingenuity at Maker Faire

Updated 12:44 PM ET, Fri October 5, 2012
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Brian Patton from Trenton, New Jersey brought a singing robot to the recent Maker Faire in New York. With eyebrows made from pipe cleaners and eye's borrowed from a doll, the robot is synched to a computer program that Patton devised and allows him to control facial expressions. Paul Willis
Patton says his robots could be used as a teaching aid for children with autism. "There is already quite a lot of anecdotal evidence that autistic kids respond better to robots than to adults," he said. Paul Willis
Special-effects expert Marc Fields (pictured) hosted a seminar explaining how to create movie props. Paul Willis
"I want people to see that they could go home and do a lot of this stuff themselves," said Fields, who has worked on Hollywood movies such as "Cold Mountain." Paul Willis
It's surprisingly easy to turn vegetable oil into biofuel as Ben Jorritsma, from Sussex County, New Jersey demonstrated. Paul Willis
Collecting used vegetable oil from local restaurants to make biofuel at his family farm, Jorritsma claims to make enough to power 20 tractors. Paul Willis
Sponsored by "Make Magazine," the Maker Faire began in San Mateo, California in 2006 and has since spawned events in Detroit and San Francisco -- which attracted 100,000 visitors last year. Paul Willis
This is the third time the show has come to New York where it received the endorsement of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who declared the week leading up to this year's fair "Maker Week" in the city. Paul Willis