Maker Faire

Fire Trampoline: The Highlighter

Type: Maker Table/Exhibit
Program Area: Electronics

Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday

Location: West Lot

The High-Lighter is a trampoline-based flame effect. The installation involves a volunteer from the audience jumping on an unmodified trampoline. An ultrasonic sensor placed below the trampoline measures the changes in the height of the trampoline canvas as the user jumps up and down. A microcontroller notes the changes reported by the sensor and triggers a single solenoid valve to open and close.

Based upon on the amount of force being applied to the trampoline, the solenoid valve will behave differently. The harder someone jumps on it, the longer the solenoid valve will stay open, illuminating a cylindrical metal tube with stenciled designs. LP-Gas will be released through the solenoid valve while it is open and ignited by a nearby pilot light covered in steel wool.

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Mikey Sklar
Wendy Tremayne

Mikey Sklar is a technology enthusiast. His work normally includes microcontrollers and circuitboards in which all the developement has been done by himself using open source tools. He has been working in NYC for the last eight years as a UNIX Engineer, but has recently left to make flame effects full time. Mikey now lives in Truth or Consequences, NM and is opening a fire art school with his partner Wendy Tremayne.

Wendy Tremayne is a conceptual artist and event producer. Her aim is the discovery and movement of the feelings and ideas of a collective social body. Through creative works and community based productions she transforms ideas into authentic artistic and social messages that stimulate self expression, enable creative development and invite play as well as social change. She is currently taking at stab at de- popularizing consumption through a multi-city, seasonal event that she created called Swap-O-Rama-Rama, a seasonal clothing swap and series of artist taught DIY workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through the transformation of used clothing. Swap-O-Rama-Rama will be at Maker Faire in the Redwood room. Her future plans include the development of Escuela Del Fuego (The School of Fire) in partnership with Mikey Sklar.

Escuela Del Feugo (Truth or Consequences, NM) is an off-grid school for the making of fire art that uses embedded electronics. The school also intends to gathers community to explore the historical and ritual uses of fire.