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Inaugural Maker Faire

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Join us at the Inaugural Maker Faire, April 22-23, 2006, San Mateo Fairgrounds, San Mateo, California. The faire, brought to you by Make Magazine and O'Reilly Media will convert a stock Toyota Prius into a Plug-in Prius PHEV in just 2 days or less! Make is a celebration of all things do-it-yourself, and we're absolutely ecstatic to participate in this event!

The Details:

  • When: Saturday, April 22, 2006 (10am - 6pm), Sunday, April 23, 2006 (10am - 5pm)
  • Where: The San Mateo Fairgrounds, 2495 South Delaware Street, San Mateo, CA
  • Admission: $12/Adult; $5/Teens; $25/Family; Under 12 free

O'Reilly and Make

O'Reilly Media is the premier information source for leading-edge computer technologies. The company's books, conferences, and web sites bring to light the knowledge of technology innovators. O'Reilly books, known for the animals on their covers, occupy a treasured place on the shelves of the developers building the next generation of software. O'Reilly conferences and summits bring alpha geeks and forward-thinking business leaders together to shape the revolutionary ideas that spark new industries. From the Internet to XML, open source, .NET, Java, and web services, O'Reilly puts technologies on the map.

Event Preperation

We have a big job ahead in preparing for the two day conversion.

EVent Schedule

Tentetive plans for the road trip, conversion event, and the first few appearances back in the Seattle area.

Friday April 21

  • Leaving Seattle late Thursday evening.
    • 813 miles is about 14 to 16 hours, so leaving around 11pm on Thursday April 20th gets us there about 3pm on Friday the 21st. google map

Saturday April 22

  • 9 am - Can we stage early?
  • 10am - Gates open
  • 11am - Begin installation
    • Front: Dash teardown and fake CAN-View and other LV control wireing installation since it's already installed
    • Rear: HV Disconnect and dissassembly
    • Outside: Cut and assemble battery rack components, may need pre-cut rack parts
  • 12am - Continue tasks
    • Rear: HV crimping (borrow professional crimper, may demonstrate hammer crimper
  • 1 pm - Finish tasks
    • Front: Finish with front and re-assemble internal body pannels
    • Rear: Finish wiring HV contactors
    • Outside: Finish battery rack
  • 2 pm - Lunch
  • 3 pm - Install HV and LV circuits
  • 4 pm - Install and secure batteries into rack
  • 5 pm - Install interconnects and charger
  • 6 pm - test, test, test! Gates close
  • 7 pm - tear down booth

Sunday, April 23

  • 9 am - Can we stage early?
  • 10am - Gates open
  • 11am - Finish the conversion & start giving people rides perhaps?
  • 12am -
  • 1 pm -
  • 2 pm - Recharge and Lunch, then start giving more rides
  • 3 pm -
  • 4 pm -
  • 5 pm - Compile initial drive data. Gates close
  • 6 pm - tear down booth

Monday, April 24

  • Driving home...
  • Arrive, Landing EVent?


  • Component Photos
  • Participant Photos and Bios
  • Write in updates to hard copies of instructions and parts lists


  • Video interviews
  • Multiple time laps video
    • (2second frames at 30 second interval on 60 minute tape equals 15 hours of recording).
    • Hatch mounted camera looking down into rear end, frame bumper to rear seat.
    • Windshield mounted camera, looking through from outside at dash into rear, lay down seats.
  • Wandering guy taking closeups and comments from visitors, use a video stabalizer tripod thingee.


  • Audio descriptions of individule tasks for voice overs.
  • Long Play Audio recording of the play by play to capture any choice spontanious commentary.



EAA Chapter, CalCars, PlugInPartners


CAN-View, Charger, Batteries


CalCars talking points, etc, ...

Bumper Stickers

EAA, CalCars, Maybe sell some?


(need power, not just to charge)

  • Ryan has 19" LCD and computer system for EV/PHEV videos, PPT presentations, of perhaps the website.
  • Power up the Prius 12v system and play videos on the MFD screen from external composite video source.