As you’ve most likely seen on TV or the internet, Red Bull hosts some fun builder competitions. Red Bull’s Flugtag seems to dominate TV commercials — wherein you see pictures of crazy flying machines fail to fly and instead fall into the water below a ramp. Another Red Bull event, Creation, is for makers rather than for crazy flying contraptions. We took a peek at the finalists for the event about a month ago, and now that the event is underway, we can all see what the maker groups are up to.
Six teams will have 72 hours to build a musical instrument, using whatever tools are provided and what they can salvage from Brooklyn — where the event is taking place. The final instrument must be capable of composing and playing live music. The winners will not only have built something awesome for festival goers, but will also win a chance to collaborate with an currently undisclosed rising artist at Red Bull’s new studio in New York City using the creation that secured the win.
This is what the six teams are up to:
This team is composed of designers and engineers from Minneapolis. When they aren’t doing those things professionally, they do them recreationally, and and up building what they refer to as “maniacal creations to inspires imagination.”
The four-person team present at the Creation event represents a Detroit hackerspace composed of over 100 members. Due to the large amount of members, interest vary, and i3 Detroit has worked on projects involving Power Wheels — those cool, drive-able cars you never had when you were little but always saw in commercials — as well as projects involving fire-breathing dragons.
As the team’s name suggests, the Maker Twins consist of a set of twins, as well as five other members. For day jobs, the team works as a film and advertising company, and has particular interests and skills in various areas, such as coding and metal fabrication. They also have a special interest vehicles.
Composed of members from vastly different areas of the world, such as Korea and Missouri, MB Labs is quite diverse in terms of interests. Made up of a new media artist, a digital ecosystems researcher, a mechanical engineer, and product designer, the team brings a diverse portfolio the competition, which could provide them with enough perspective to create something truly unique.
North Street Labs
This team, composed of a few friends, funds its own projects — from putting up their own cash to diving through dumpsters for parts. They’re known for creating a motorized hammock that can be driven around with a PlayStation controller, so you know they’re of good stock. Their design philosophy is everything must be ridiculous, so you can be sure their Creation invention will be one to see.
Composed of MIT,UCSD, and CMU graduates, Skullduggery Systems seems to be the more technological team involved in the event. They’ve been involved in unmanned aerial vehicle projects, as well as e-commerce ventures. They also have a penchant for, as they put it, “extravagantly large LED installations,” so hopefully their Creation instrument will involve something trippy to look at as well as hear.
If you want a full view of the main maker shop, checkout the feed above, where you can spy on builders making sparks literally fly.
The Red Bull Creation event runs until this Sunday, June 16, when we’ll get to see everyone’s wacky musical inventions, and a winner will be announced. So be sure to stay tuned.
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