Barnes & Noble to Host Virtual Reality, Tech Events In NYC, Nationwide

Barnes and Noble announced its event lineup for its second annual Mini Maker Faire at stores nationwide the weekend of November 5-6. Barnes & Noble’s second Mini Maker Faire ( will once again deliver the authentic, incredible experiences that Maker Faire attendees have historically come to expect as they participate in interactive product demonstrations, take part in collaborative hands-on experiences designed to stretch their imaginations and creative thinking, and “Meet the Makers” as stores across the country showcase local and national Makers.

The lineup for the event includes  virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing, pen-invent technology, robotics, coding, programming, and more. Details about the event includes:

  • Coding & Programming for All Ages– Children of all ages will get to experience programming firsthand with Sphero’sSPRK, a robot simple enough for beginners, yet sophisticated enough for seasoned programmers; Ozobot and Dash Robot will give children ages six through eight an up-close look at how learning to code can lead to custom programming; and Fisher-Price’s Code-a-pillar™ will introduce children as young as three-years-old to the fundamental constructs of coding.
  • Discoveries in Pen-Invent Technology– Barnes and Noble Customers will get to participate in a special demonstration of the CreoPop 3D Pen with cool ink technology, which lets users create amazing 3D designs; and the Moleskine Smart Writing Set, which provides the hands-on immediacy of putting pen to paper, teamed with all the advantages of digital creativity, by allowing users to digitize handwritten notes and sketches that are editable and easily shared with smartphones and tablets.
  • Exploring Mechanical and Motorized Building with a First-Look into Digital Gaming– Customers will see first-hand the principles of engineering at play with VEX® Robotics Pick & Drop Ball Machine by HEXBUG®!, which turns kid-powered manual motion into working machinery; and Bloxels from Mattel, a first-of-its-kind digital gaming system that enables users to build, capture, design, and tell stories through their very own video game creations.
  • Intros into Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality– Customers will become familiar with augmented and virtual reality as they participate in demonstrations of the ReTrak Utopia 360° 3D Virtual Reality Headset, which allows users to transform their smartphone into a 360° ever-changing experience thanks to the hundreds of apps available for them to explore; andAir Hogs Connect, a revolutionary RC gaming platform in the form of a hover drone offering an immersive experience that combines the best of physical and digital play.

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