"I like to build machines that make people laugh"

Another wonderful talk from the Maker preview day on Thursday (we did this day because of complaints from exhibitors at the Maker Faire that they didn’t have time to see each other’s work) was from Tim Hunkin. Tim is probably best known for his work on the BBC UK TV series The Secret Life of Machines, but he also rebuilds old arcade games into machines worthy of Wallace and Gromit.

I loved Tim’s ambition to “build machines that make people laugh.” Machines are part of our lives, and a fabulous subject for comedy.

Tim will be reprising the talk on the main stage at 4 pm today (Saturday). And someone has built a giant replica of one of Hunkins machines out on the midway. Customers run in the gerbil cage in order to make the “disgusting spectacle” pick his nose:

The Disgusting Spectacle, at Maker Faire

(Photo from Laughing Squid.)