Air France will participate in the 10th Annual Maker Faire, a family-friendly event that celebrates technology and innovation, scheduled for May 15-17, 2015 at its flagship location in San Mateo, California. The airline, which is the first one in its industry to participate at the event, will share information on its new Apple Watch app and will showcase projects from French companies INMOOV and Minicut 2D. Visitors to the Air France booth will also be invited to interact with John Collins, Guinness World Record holder of the Paper Airplane Distance.
“Maker Faire is an inspiring event that encourages attendees to think outside of the box,” said Marnix Fruitema, Senior Vice President, Air France-KLM. “It is with great pleasure that we come to this year’s event not only to showcase our new innovative products, but also the cutting-edge work of other pioneering French companies.”
Air France’s Apple Watch app
To illustrate the company’s technology innovations at Maker Faire 2015, Air France will have a screen displaying information on its new Apple Watch app, which became available this past April.
As soon as the watch connects to the customers’ phone, they’re able to find useful information related to their Air France account or next flight.The app allows customers to check their gate number and boarding time directly on their Apple Watch. Passengers can also find information on their My Account and Flying Blue account, and can board the aircraft by simply scanning the boarding pass on their watch.
Air France is developing even more new features for the comfort of its customers. Very soon they will also be notified of a change of departure time or boarding gate with the watch’s “vibrate” function.
INMOOV and Minicut 2D
Air France is sponsoring French technology companies INMOOV and Minicut 2D at Maker Faire 2015 to support their latest projects.
INMOOV created the first open source humanoid life size robot. The fully articulated and animated robot is completely 3D printed, except the electronics and the hardware. Because it’s open source, anybody who feels confident can try to build its own robot by using a list of off-the-shelf electronics and parts.
Minicut 2D is the creator of a portable CNC hot wire cutting machine, designed to print any object in 3D. The French company provides purchasers with a user-friendly kit that can be assembled with basic hand tools.
Both INMOOV and Minicut 2D were present at Maker Faire Paris 2014.
Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people of all ages and backgrounds gather together to show what they are making and share what they are learning.
Maker Faire celebrated 131 Faires in 2014 alone and has reached over 1.5 million attendees globally since it launched in San Mateo, California, in 2006, less than a year after the publication of the first MAKE Magazine in 2005.
Visitors to the Air France booth will have the opportunity to win complimentary round-trip tickets to Paris aboard the airline.
Air France’s booth at Maker Faire 2015 is #2317, located at zone 2 exhibition hall.
For tickets and more information on Maker Faire please visit http://makerfaire.com/
Celebrate a decade of making by using hashtags #MFBA15 #AirFranceMakers and interacting on Twitter with @AirFranceUS or Facebook/Instagram with @AirFrance.