DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers
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Early bird registration for MAKE's Hardware Innovation Workshop ends Monday, April 15. The second annual event, May 14-15 in San Mateo, Calif., comes right before Maker Faire and it will feature new hardware products and services and the makers who have created them. More than 30 speakers will share the stage, offering business insights into manufacturing options for startups, and collaborative strategies from funding to production to distribution, marketing and positioning. VCs will discuss which products get their attention and why, and entrepreneurial makers will tell their stories.
The Raspberry Pi makes a great home server. But is also makes a solid hardware development platform if your needs go a bit beyond the capabilities of the Arduino.
Sketchfab, a website for uploading and sharing 3D models for free, is a great way to easily add an interactive element to your web content. Their model viewer can be embedded in almost any webpage, and they're adding new features on a fairly regular basis. I caught up with co-founder Alban Denoyel to check in on their progress.
Over the next two weekends we have the final set of events in our series of regional Young Maker/Open Makes in the San Francisco Bay Area leading up to Maker Faire Bay Area. At last, this month the two public events are on different Saturdays, so you can go to both! Each event offers a range of activities that starts at 10am and ends with an inspiring "meet-the-makers" panel discussion.
File this one under DIY medical care. Whether you lack medical insurance, spend time out doors far from medical care, or don't want to fork over cash for minor medical procedures, it makes sense to learn how to care for yourself and save a trip to the doctor. Over on the Resilient Communities website, a reader submitted a video of his DIY medical tip: using Super Glue to close a minor head wound instead of going to the ER for stitches. Warning: The video is a bit gory and MAKE doesn't endorse such a procedure. But it does raise some interesting questions.
We’re starting to hear a lot about the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet these days. But what a lot of people aren’t aware of is that SCADA systems have been around for a long time, and more and more of these are being connected directly to the Internet. [...]
MAKE alumnus and supernerd Collin Cunningham rhapsodizes about everyone's favorite current-fighting backbone of circuitry--the resistor--in this classic MAKE video. Collin talks about Ohm's Law, resistor color codes, and using pencil graphite to make paper resistors.
The Fun Bike Unicorn Club (FBUC), a lively group of bicycle enthusiasts based in Sonoma County, Calif., brought the Death Defying Figure 8 Pedal Car Races to Maker Faire Bay Area in 2012. They threw down a challenge to makers: to hand-build a pedal-powered single seater with no less than [...]
The Cicada Tracker project is crowdsourcing soil temperatures to track the emergence of Brood II cicadas, that have been living underground for the past 17 years. Billions and billions of cicadas are expected to emerge over the next few weeks throughout the northeast United States.
The MAKE Hardware Innovation Workshop, set for May 14-15, 2013, has just issued a call for prototypes of early stage products, projects, and ideas. Selected prototypes will be presented at the opening session of the workshop, and featured in the Innovation Showcase on Tuesday, May 14. Each winning entrant will have five minutes to present their idea and a prototype: a two-minute pitch, then a three-minute demonstration of the prototype.
Our old pal, maker extraordinaire Craig Smith is back! And he brought a cool working bucket-loader toy with him.
Thirty-seven projects are competing for a $2,500 prize to attend Maker Faire Bay Area in May. You can vote once per day per project for the next six days. Help one maker's dream become a reality and vote now!
Our friends at Dark Rye, an online magazine from Whole Foods, have come up with a project for turning a wooden crate into a retro bike cargo box. It's a simple, but useful bike mod. The project comes from Dark Rye's latest "Future" issue. It's a great read featuring forward-looking innovators in architecture, urban agriculture, energy production, and transportation.
Fran Blanche’s CuteUino Arduino spinoff is just 20mm (0.78″) square, and can have other modules stacked on top like a USB interface board. Also check out her Fretboard Shredcam project. [via Embedded Projects] Filed under: Arduino, Electronics
New York-based engineer and interactive artist Ayah Bdeir is founder and CEO of littleBits, an open source library of electronic modules that snap together with magnets, no soldering, wiring, or programming necessary. Ayah first exhibited littleBits at Maker Faire Bay Area in 2009 and since, littleBits has won over 14 [...]
The 10th annual RoboGames, the "Olympics of Robotics," comes to the San Mateo County Expo Center April 19-21. With over 50 events (everything from sumo wrestling, robot combat, fire-fighting, and ribbon climbing) and hundreds of different bots, there's no better way to satisfy your love of robotics. Buy tickets before April 14th with coupon code "Maker" to get 20 percent off.
This 3-hour(!) video covers the meaty parts of HackPHX’s 8-hour Arduino hackathon, which had ten teams of hackers playing with the ShieldBot Arduino shield. See photos of the event for more hackathon goodness. Filed under: Hackerspaces
Social Coding company GitHub has released a free, in-browser viewer for STL files in full 3D. In comparison to the iterative, collaborative environments for working on software, hardware has a lot of ground to make up, and GitHub's doing great work to push things along. I'm eager to see how this grows and how it's used in comparison to popular services like Thingiverse.
Inspired by FLIR Systems scientist Austin Richards' recent book, "Alien Vision," I decided to see if I could put together my own imaging-based tour of the electromagnetic spectrum using web-based resources. This post is the result. Here are 17 striking images from across the spectrum at wavelengths ranging from one meter down to one-trillionth of a meter, from radio waves to gamma rays, arranged in order of increasing frequency / energy. Each is accompanied by a caption identifying the instrument used to record the image, the approximate wavelength at which it was recorded, the subject, and a link for those seeking more information.
Dexter Industries builds Lego Mindstorms add-on sensors and other compatible products, and their latest project — not yet completed — is the BrickPi, which allows the Pi to control up to 3 Mindstorms motors and four sensors (but not the ultrasonic). The board’s firmware is written in Arduino 1.0. If [...]