DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers
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Take a look at just a handful of the fantastic vehicular powerhouses that will be roaming around San Mateo this weekend.
This year Arduino is launching their robotics platform, and I was fortunate enough to get my hands on one a little early.
I sat down with a group of kids, some of whom joined me on for Maker Faire's Education Day and asked, “What’s so great about Maker Faire?” Here’s what they told me.
Very soon, it's going to be a lot easier to find great projects, materials, and tools for prospective makers to build with and use to expand their skills. This week, just in time for Maker Faire Bay Area, Radio Shack and Maker Media announced a major expansion of their partnership.
One of the most memorable sights from Maker Faire Bay Area last year was watching Petaluma, Calif.-based artist Shawn Thorsson‘s jaw-dropping 8-foot-tall Space Marines towering above the crowd as they worked their way through. Shawn is a master prop builder and was featured on the cover of MAKE Volume 32. […]
For those of you heading to Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend (May 18 & 19), here are some suggestions to enhance your experience. Suggestions include pre-Faire planning, transportation, the Maker Faire app, and more.
How do we make new make new makers? Recent experience shows that when kids are exposed to the context for making, they pretty much handle the job themselves. We just need to get out of the way. The challenge to us adults is, providing that context, and being brave enough to get out of the way. Enter Maker Education Day.
David Neevel made one of the best viral videos of 2013, the “Oreo Separator Machine.” It is dry-funny and it stars his whack machine that removes the white [disgusting] faux Oreo cream. He is a maker who knows how to tell a story. He is a copywriter at Wieden+Kennedy in Portland. […]
We’re just a day away from the launch of our 8th annual Maker Faire Bay Area and it’s always so exciting to see the exhibits take shape and the installations roll in. The best thing is that you never know what’s waiting for you around the next turn. It could […]
This year, Maker Faire features more young makers than ever, many of whom have participated in our ever-expanding Young Makers program, now housed in the Maker Education Initiative.
It's no surprise that so many people get inspired at Maker Faire to join in on the 3D printing revolution. Fortunately for everyone at Maker Faire, you can head over to the Maker Shed and pick one up at the event.
Based on the popular (and controversial) Kickstarter project, here is the DIY How-To for creating your own glowing plants with this DIY synthetic biology kit.
Oakland-based artist, blacksmith, and fabricator Jon Sarriugarte and his wife and creative partner Kyrsten Mate have been bringing their incredible vehicles and installations to Maker Faire Bay Area since the very first one in 2006. That first year, they brought their SS Alpha Fox art car and their then-toddler daughter […]
Polish Lego builder piotrek839 built this sick robot arm that packs some pretty impressive functionality. It’s remote controlled and uses a whopping 12 Power Functions motors and linear actuators to do its thing. You can read about the project on LUGPol, though it’s in Polish. Filed under: Robotics
Collin Cunningham’s awesome videos are always great to watch. This time, Collin shows how to build a Color Organ, which is a light display that responds to sounds around it, allowing you to build cool visualizer effects to go with your tunes. Long before the dawn of digital music, folks […]
MAKE's 2nd annual Hardware Innovation Workshop concluded yesterday after two inspiring, thought-provoking days. Thanks to all our great sponsors, presenters, and attendees for making it a success. Here's a look back.
Mechanical Engineer Jeff Landrum examines the future of 3D Printing and how the recent rapid developments in the industry could lead to a new "killer product". There's a countless number of game-changing developments that could arise and lead to a truly consumer-level product. When will we see "the Apple II of 3D Printers"?
How do bits and bytes feel on your fingertips? Like your controller’s gravelly rumble when a video game football player gets tackled? Like bubbles of turbulence on an airline simulator control wheel? Like the rubbery resilience of 3D digital clay? Like the hairline cracks on a fragile archaeological find? Yes. Could they feel like varying and unique human tissues as a surgeon in London performs surgery on a patient in Johannesburg? You bet. What we’re talking about here is called “haptics,” a class of technology that most of us have experienced most commonly in the form of a vibrating cell phone. But increasingly, it's coming to the medical world.
Hardware is hard as the quip goes, but there's never been a better time to be prototyping and launching hardware projects than right now. That seemed to be the consensus today as the second and final day of MAKE Hardware's Innovation Workshop wrapped up. The all-day schedule of speakers represented a deep pool of talent, creativity, and passion for the business of making.
The Viper was one of the most popular projects at Maker Faire Bay Area last year, blowing minds, creating smiles, and eliciting screams of excitement. The Viper is a full-motion Battlestar Galactica-themed flight simulator built into the fuselage of a Piper PA-28 plane, complete with 360-degree rotation on both the pitch and roll axes, as well as a fully immersive flying environment inside. The most amazing part is that The Viper was made by a team of five high school students, guided by their mentors, as part of the Young Makers program. The Viper is coming back to Maker Faire Bay Area this weekend, and it promises to be even more impressive.