DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers
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Brought to you by Team Instructables is the hilariously clever Romance Pants project. The zipper being pulled down triggers the room lights dimming and the stereo volume going up. When the waist button is undone, the candles automatically light.
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Minneapolis lost a great maker’s resource yesterday when The Mill‘s Brian Boyle announced its closure: Since opening February 1, 2012, The Mill has been host to 90 members and 306 participants in classes ranging from soap making and sewing to Arduino microcontrollers and build your own 3D printer. Amazingly talented [...]
Our first session of the Maker Scouts Los Angeles featured sneak peeks at different making materials to show young children what some possibilities are. We have many scouts who have not had any real hands on project-making before and it was very important for us to show them how capable they could be.
We all know about the Call for Makers by now: makers across Europe are invited to present their projects and ideas by June 2, 2013, to take part for free at Rome’s Maker Faire. But very few of us know the story behind the photo used for the call – the one with the hand holding the giant magnet that is attracting a whole swarm of objects.
The technology behind lead-acid batteries has been largely unchanged for the last hundred years, and the batteries themselves are so pervasive because they're easy and inexpensive to manufacture. Author T.J. Lindsay sifted through reams of ancient publications and distilled them into a practical 48 page manual for folks looking to use these batteries as an alternative energy source.
Makerspaces are becoming more and more popular. If you are not familiar, a makerspace or hackerspace is a place for people to gather and make stuff. Each is pretty much unique, but they all share a sense of community and a joy for making things and sharing knowledge. However, even if you are lucky enough to live close to one, it may not be particularly kid-friendly. So, where should you take your young makers when they want a place to turn their ideas into reality with their own hands? That's an excellent question. So I did some research and here are five great places you can go with you kids to make things.
Dave Bryan added a Raspberry Pi and a couple of continuous-rotation servos to a commercial cat feeder to make it dispense automatically: Back in February I started teaching my Raspberry Pi 101 class at The Hack Factory. After the first class I think I had Pi on the brain, I [...]
Calling all Makers! Less than two weeks remain to enter the Road to Maker Faire Challenge, and win $2,500 to bring you and your project to Maker Faire Bay Area in May.
Do you have a need for speed? At this year's Maker Faire, there are two ways for you to test your vehicle building and racing chops. Both the Fun Bike Unicorn Club and the Power Racing Series challenge teams to build unique, DIY vehicles and bring them to Maker Faire for a series of friendly competitions.
Georgia Tech's Invention Studio makerspace and maker club just might democratize the practice of engineering.
Imagine being about to 3D print customized characters, enemies, and props from your favorite computer games. That's the idea behind Sandboxr.
Last year at Maker Faire Bay Area, the first ever Death Defying Figure 8 Pedal Car Races were hosted by the fine folks of the Fun Bike Unicorn Club (FBUC). The idea is to build a four-wheeled pedel-powered racer inspired by the cyclekarts of the early 1900s and hit the [...]
How much would you pay for a handmade keyboard like this?
We're all familiar with wildly waving your arms in front of a Kinect to control an on-screen avatar, but the special hardware required ultimately limits the reach of this technology. But webcams are now built into nearly every laptop and mobile device on the market. What if you could wave your arms in front of your iPad to play your favorite motion control games?
A random pattern egg drawbot built with multiple Arduinos, a couple of servos, stepper motors, limit switches, and Sharpie markers! See it in action.
Creators of TinkerCAD announced earlier this week that they would no longer be developing the popular cloud-based CAD tool. We're fans of TinkerCAD here at Make, having written about and praised it on the blog and in our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing, so this is sad news. The free version is still available to use between now and the end of April, and paying customers will have access until the end of 2013. Here are a few other free alternatives to TinkerCAD, starting with what I think is the most beginner-friendly and ending with the least beginner-friendly.
We told you Sylvia of Sylvia’s Super-Awesome Maker Show! would participate in an official White House G+ hangout. But what will she demo? The answer is, a project she worked on with Lenore and Windell of EMSL: a robot that can paint with watercolors! The bot is still in beta [...]
Do you want to learn to fly an RC plane but too scared of crashing? With the flying wing kit from the Maker Shed, crashing is the fun part!
Tinkercad, an extremely popular web-based 3D modeling tool, announced it will discontinue development and shut down. The company will shift its energies into a new 3D modeling environment and hardware service called Airstone.