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Oslo, Norway’s Mini Maker Faire recently concluded and it sounds like a hit! Highlights included a costume workshop, a chessboard that plays music, as well as Miguel Valenzuela’s PancakeBot (pictured). See the Flickr group for pictures of the event. Also, don’t forget about Maker Faire Bay Area, coming this May! [...]
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Congratulations to Super Awesome Sylvia, who will represent Maker Faire at the White House Science Fair, which will be held Monday April 22, 2013 at 11:30 am EDT. Sylvia Todd will bring her watercolor drawbot to the White House along with her infectious energy and enthusiasm. From wh.gov: Watch [...]
I’m totally doing this. Call For Entries: Announcing The Adafruit 6 second electronics film festival! Share your cool project in 6 seconds of video and win up to $600 at the Adafruit store, with six runners up winning $60 store credit each. In a 6 second video, we want you [...]
Building your first quadcopter is almost a rite of passage for anyone interested in DIY drones these days, mainly due to the availability of boards like the Ardupilot making it a lot easier to get started. However seven Masters students at Queen Mary University of London just raised the bar for the competition. They built a solar powered Quadcopter, which they dubbed Solar Copter.
I've already shared some images of combat and humanoid robots from RoboGames, but there's a lot more to see than just that. Here's a slideshow of "the rest", which there was quite a lot of.
The video below is a lengthy but insightful interview with legendary Italian maker Enzo Mari. His 1974 manual Autoprogettazione offered nineteen designs using readymade cuts of timber, to build tables, chairs, bookshelves, and even beds. He essentially open-sourced the home furnishings industry. His designs usually required nothing more than a [...]
Humanoid robot competition is one part of RoboGames that seems to be dominated by Japanese roboticists. Lem Fugitt, who runs Robots Dreams, has been involved with the humanoid robot scene in Japan for a few years, and tends to bring a few "professional" Robo-One players with him on his annual trip to RoboGames. We spoke with him about how he got involved in the Robo-One scene and how 3D Printing has started to benefit the builders.
"Humans have just landed on an Earth-like alien planet. They’ve staked out an area for the capital, City X, and have sent back a 3D map of the location with many challenges to be solved by their engineers on Earth, a vast team of young designers all around the world."
Arguably after the club, and possibly fire, the next thing to be invented was the wheel. In any case it's been around, almost unchanged, for a very long time. Like the mouse trap it's notoriously hard to reinvent.
Maine-based Grain Surfboards is a small maker-run company on the coast that hand-makes sustainably cut, locally milled white cedar wooden surfboards. Aside from their dedication to environmental responsibility, what sets Grain apart is that they also offer DIY surfboard kits and a variety of surfboard-building classes. Their newest undertaking is [...]
Despite the large number of categories of robots here at RoboGames, the resounding sounds of metal on metal and cheers from the crowd keep drawing us back to the combat arena. We were immediately surprised by the variety of locations and backgrounds these teams come from, whether it's a High School from across the country, a local engineer working in his garage, or a robotics team from Brazil.
This is the second of a three-part series on the Internet of Things with Atmel’s Tom Vu and Internet of Things Council member Michael Koster. Today: What is the IoT Toolkit?
Interesting Instructable from Dr. Patrik D'haeseleer, Harvard-trained computational biologist and denizen of Sunnyvale biotech hackerspace BioCurious. Bioprinting, which is basically 3D printing with living cells, has been much in the news lately, with breathless tales of fully 3D-printed living organs and replacement body parts. There is of course a fair bit of hype going on here, but also, at the core, a body of very interesting applied research.
The season's final Open Make @ the Hall ends on a tiny note. Bring your little things and get inspired by the big impact your mini-creations can have. The fun starts tomorrow, April 20, and runs from 10am-2pm.
“To not be amazed is to be numb to the technology of our day.” From the editors of MAKE magazine, The Maker Pro Newsletter is about the impact of makers on business and technology. Our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, innovators, along with technology and market trends.
DIY.org is an online community for young makers to share their skills and projects, and to be inspired and learn to make new creations. This year at Maker Faire Bay Area, they will be providing the supplies and space for Cardboard Village, a place where kids can collaborate to build their own community using cardboard. If you're planning to attend Maker Faire, stop by and check out the progress!
The Monkey's Paw is an antiquarian bookstore in Toronto that now also houses the world’s first randomizing vending machine for old books — the Biblio-mat.
Imagine the carnage that ensues when you pit two 200+ lb. robots against each other, often with weapons that spin at around 3500 rpm. The noise level and adrenaline both run high as they bang away at each other. Intern Coordinator Sam Freeman and I are at RoboGames to witness not only the combat, but all sorts of other robotics events as well. We only got here a little while ago, but have already been fascinated by the great stuff we've seen.
Ever battled SRAM limitations with your sketch on the Arduino Uno? Decided reluctantly to break out an Arduino Mega, and suffer with the resulting shield incompatibilities? Then the new Goldilocks board might be just what you're looking for in a micro-controller.