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There is a kernel of a really cool idea in the Carma Project, sponsored by ad firm Leo Burnett Lisbon. They made a bike with as many reclaimed car parts as possible, and it looks kinda sweet! That said, I really would have preferred that it had been made out [...]
I meet more and more folks in education that are contemplating swapping out laptops with complete operating systems like Linux, Max OSX, or Windows in favor of tablets (or most recently the advent of Chromebooks). I'm in favor of more complete systems because, while not being sufficient conditions for creating the next generations of inventors, engineers, and makers, it certainly is necessary to do so.
Martin Storbeck of Böblingen, Germany, noticed that Ikea’s Bestå cabinet doors looked an awful lot like Lego, so why not decorate them as Lego bricks to hold his collection of actual Lego bricks? Martin created a slideshow showing how he made the doors — spoiler: with coasters as the Lego [...]
Singapore Lego builder Lee Ping Ng’s strandbeest scuttles very lobsterlike. And it has personality as well! Filed under: Fun & Games
Projects are pouring in for the first ever Raspberry Pi Design Contest, with over $3,500 in prizes up for grabs. Check out some of the projects makers have been building, and enter your project for a chance to win!
Tony, Carlos, and Raul, students at Lighthouse Community Charter School in Oakland, have taken on an ambitious senior project they plan to exhibit at Maker Faire: converting a gas-powered truck to electric power. They've been working afterschool and weekends and already gave up at least one holiday to work on the conversion. These young men exemplify the self-motivation we see in so many maker projects.
Tech researcher and interaction designer Karen Tanenbaum is passionate about the maker movement and its ability to transform our relationship to computing and creativity. She holds a masters in linguistics and a Ph.D. in interactive arts and technology. Her research work has focused on wearable, tangible, and ubiquitous computing, as [...]
The mad snow scientists at California-based Signal Snowboards are at it again. They have a monthly show they put together with Network A, called Every Third Thursday, where they come up with a snowboard concept, regardless of how off the wall, execute it, and ride the board they’ve created. To [...]
In this installment of Make: Believe we use the techniques that we learned in the last video and a few new ones to create a completed special effects technique. We are again joined by our Engineering intern Paloma Fautley as she teaches us new skills. Use these techniques to create [...]
What the heck is Robogami? Find out Saturday at the first-ever Bristol Mini Maker Faire!
Want to add a human element into your Arduino projects? This video, narrated by a voice that sounds suspiciously like Christoper Walken, gives you tips, tricks, and advice for getting the Pulse Sensor up and running.
With some help from her dad Scott, second grader Emma made this Raspberry Pi-controlled interactive trifold poster about the state of Vermont, for a school project. Pushing a button cycles through the different agricultural industries of the state, complete with lights and animal sound effects. Other buttons play recordings of the state bird singing and the state song. There is also a "quiz mode," which tests the viewer on what they've learned.
Watch this lovely snake painting taking shape via a single brushstroke. It was done in the shape of "2013" to commemorate Chinese New Year, the year of the snake, which began on Feb 10.
This weekend, on Saturday, March 23, the second annual Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire is taking place in Hudson, Florida. They have a lineup of diverse makers in store, from satellite builders to HAM radio enthusiasts, artists to roboticist, and plenty of inspiring young makers. Here is just a sampling. [...]
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When you're out networking, you could hand someone a plain old flat, rectangular piece of paper with your information printed on it. But wouldn't it be much more awesome (and memorable) to hand them a 3D-printed figurine of you as a superhero, with your email address on the bottom? That's what the folks at the Amsterdam interactive design agency Resoluut did. Each employee illustrated a superhero version of themselves and had 20 copies 3D printed, with their email address printed on the underside.
Like it or not, the ability to pirate physical objects and functional electronics is nearly upon us. In this article we devote some time and space to thinking about that possible future, and what might be done to avoid it. Additive manufacturing makes the entire design process "think it up, design or scan it, create it on-site." So where does the "research to make sure you're not conflicting with anyone elses existing intellectual property" step come into play? Before or after you hit the print button?
Simon Burfield, who built a Lego wheelchair, created this sweet go-cart, also built completely out of Lego. Demo of my wife driving the Lego go-kart. It is powered by 16 XL PF motors, 8 rechargeable power functions battery packs. The steering is controlled via an NXT. It uses 20 EXO-FORCE [...]
Here's a glimpse at some of the projects competing in the second Road to Maker Faire Challenge, presented by Esurance. One lucky maker will receive $2,500 to bring their project to Maker Faire Bay Area on May 18-19 in San Mateo, CA. Enter your project now for a chance to win!
The Homegrown Village at Maker Faire celebrates the fact that farmers and food makers are the original makers. After all, the earliest examples of tool-making and innovation is for the making, hunting, and growing of food. Homegrown Village is back for the 5th year running, and you can still be part of it as a maker, presenter, demonstrator, and, of course, visitor.