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Detroit Moxie's Weekend Roundup

Now in its third year at The Henry Ford, Maker Faire has become one of our favorite events in Detroit. Both adults and kids will enjoy the demonstrations, inventions and hands-on activities.

Highlights of Maker Faire include the Coke and Mentos Guys, a life-size Mousetrap game, a Lego Brick Challenge Game Show and Handmade Detroit and other local crafters. There is something for everyone at Maker Faire!

Win tickets to Maker Faire!

I have two packs of 4 tickets to giveaway. Yes, two winners will each win 4 tickets.

How to enter:

To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling me what invention (crazy or practical) that you'd like to see happen in your lifetime. Make sure you leave your email address when you post the comment so I can get in touch with you if you win. (Your email address will not be published.)

The contest ends on Friday, July 27, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. EDT. The winner will be announced on Friday afternoon.

The contest has ended!

I will select the winner using

Weekend Roundup

1. Ferndale Pub Crawl - Join 2,000 others on a walking tour of Ferndale's bars, clubs and restaurants. The funds raised will benefit four local charities. July 27th.

2. 2012 Summer Beer Festival - Head to Depot Town in Ypsilanti for the 15th annual event put on by the Michigan Brewers Guild. Enjoy over 450 beers from 60 Michigan brewers plus food and live entertainment. Tickets are only available for July 27th.

3. Maker Faire Detroit - The Henry Ford is the perfect venue for this celebration of makers, creators, inventors, DIYers and innovators. July 28—29.

4. Arab & Chaldean Festival - The largest Arab & Chaldean festival in North America takes place in Hart Plaza this weekend. July 28—29.

5. Concours d'Elegance of America at St. Johns - Classic and rare cars are on show on the beautiful grounds of St. Johns. Events include a vintage car auction and an automotive arts exhibit. July 29th.

Bonus: Rockin' on the Riverfront

Double Bonus: Saturday Camp Hi-Fi

Triple Bonus: CityLoft and Downtown Detroit Days

Do you know of a great event going on in Metro Detroit this weekend? Add it to the comments and share it with us!

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Reader Comments (75)

3D printers have come a long way in the past few years. I'd like to see even more advanced printers for the home that can build larger things out of more than just plastic. At a reduced cost as well. Of course they must also be powered by the sun and wind. Perhaps one day, before my time is up, I will be able to build myself a girlfriend without ever leaving my home.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermjp

I would love to see auto-driving vehicles become more practical. So many people spend so many hours a day behind the wheel doing absolutely nothing. It seems like such a waste of time! When we have auto-driving vehicles we'll be able to do other things like read, write, play games, eat, etc.... The time is no longer wasted! Plus we avoid having to deal with crappy drivers, because all the drivers are computers!

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Kelley

I am looking forward to self cleaning pants.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMat McGuire

I'm still waiting for the portable hole to come to market.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

There's a great Threadless design that says "This was supposed to be the future! Where is my jetpack? Where is my robot companion?" .... which seems like a great place to start.

Honestly, I think there's a lot that could be done with ultra-high speed travel. If we can fly at such speeds, can we develop ground vehicles of some sort that go extremely fast? Is it a train? a super bus? Not so sure. But let's get from LA to NYC in an hour.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMCIPI

I am still waiting for bio-degradable cigarette filters...
and hoverboards...

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrendan

an automatic makeup applicator, like the one in the film the fifth element, hover cars, an internal mute. so you really could stop listening to people without having to stick your fingers in your ears.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermshollymt

I would like the dryer to also fold and put away the clean clothes! Same thing with the dishwasher. What if kitchen cabinets were self cleaning of the contents inside?!

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen Francis

Normally I wish for a personal teleportation device, but today... today I wish there was a remote cattle prod that I could use to administer electric shocks to off-site support until they fix my problems. That device should be technically fairly easy to build. We just need a herd of lawyers and legislators to make it legally feasible. :-p

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterWolfger

A transporter device: "Beam me up..." and/or a <u>Return of the Jedi </u> airborne cycle.

Space elevators to support moon tourism.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThomas Reed

The future is now! Intuitive robotic caffeine support system. Implementation of this would be a small robotic cat which through advanced AI simulation would foresee one's impending need for a caffeine fix and brew an espresso or two as needed. This small and completely hygienic device would spend its downtime lying about or looking at one in a most judgmental way.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEvRoCorp

I'm looking forward to a working flux capacitor! All we need is a DeLorean and 1.21 gigawatts!

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBob Smitka

Flying car!

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAR

I would like to see adjustable car seats. Adjustable in terms of firmness and height of the headrest (make it retractable!).

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Prince

A teleporter, Star-Trek style.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly M

I would love to be able to have a robot take care of my elderly grandfather when we are unable to be there 24 hours a day. It would cook his meals, clean his house and help him with bathroom needs.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTammy Chinn

A lazer pointer that is interactive with the presentation screen so you are not chained to the computer to navigate through a presentation.

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterATB

I would LOVE self-cleaning windows for the home. I would even stand there and roll them up and down if they came out clean inside and out! (Must remove everything from bird poop to kids' finger prints to dog snot)

July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

As a 6th grade Science teacher I am always looking for an invention that will allow be to set items on fire without all of the messy smoke. I have tried to set everything from cheeseballs to crayons for different labs and demonstrations. If I could get through just one without hearing that someone needs to call the fire department I would be a very happy teacher.


July 26, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca Lee

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