In 1991, Stewart Alsop changed the technology conference circuit by instituting a new event with new rules: DEMO would be about the products; would require timed, live demonstrations; and would not allow PowerPoint presentations. These rules still stand. Startups communicate the power and value of emerging technologies on stage in a short 360 second.
Two of companies at that event:
Fuzzwich.com who make animation simpler. An example that I created in a few mintues is below.
Techshop is an open access public workshop with rapid prototyping machines and many other tools Techshop membership costs $100-125/month. They have classes where you can learn how to use the equipment to start making inventions.
Every demo 2007 startup ranked by thedeal.com