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If you feel competent enough, you too can hack an old CRT television to display visuals from an audio input.
Circuit bender Dr. Bleep built this sweet Arduino-compatible drum machine, the Bleep Drum, with four sounds, four selectable sequences, tap tempo, record and playback, and more. Of course it’s open source and eminently hackable.Filed under: Arduino, Electronics, Music
Switches are a fundamental electronic component, they come in a variety of styles and configurations, and they have many different uses. From turning on a light to controlling a robotic arm, switches are the ideal control mechanism. At the physical layer, switches control the flow of information on the Internet and launch the rockets we send off into space.
Seventeen-year-old Easton LaChappelle has created a 3D printed robotic prosthetic arm controlled by brainwaves that he hopes will bring an affordable, functional artificial limb to the masses. Oh, and Heineken wants 5,000 arms for serving beer.
This month we're debuting a new series, Component of the Month. Just as our Skill Builders explore core maker skills in electronics, woodworking, metalworking, and other disciplines, Component of the Month will survey fundamental electronic components we think every maker should be familiar with.
YouTuber Grant Thompson, The King of Random, recently posted this video on how to make your own batch of dry ice at home. The process requires a food-safe CO2 fire extinguisher (which he got for free at a local fire equipment servicing company) and a pillow case. The result is [...]
I would love to see some of Till Nowak’s fantastic amusement park rides at a Maker Faire someday; maybe in my dreams. “Gravity is a mistake.” The Centrifuge Brain Project from Till Nowak on Vimeo. Filed under: Art & Design
The four talented artists of Oakland's Lost and Foundry studio need little introduction. Nemo Gould, Jeremy Mayer, Alan Rorie, and Christopher T. Palmer (CTP), have come together to create and nurture a unique space in an old foundry in the South Prescott neighborhood of Oakland.
MakerBot Industries co-founder Adam “Phooky” Mayer has vowed to build a robot a month in 2013: As midnight approached this New Year’s Eve– as champagne bubbled from uncorked necks and we all prepared for the coming year in various postures of revelry or bleak resignation– I grappled silently with the [...]
Haystack is a craft school that teaches blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, graphics, metals, and wood; they’ve even got a Fab Lab. The studios wind their way down the side of a huge moss covered rock on Deer Isle in Maine. Their Summer deadline for scholarships and workshops is coming up at [...]
For months, controversy has been building around 24-year-old Austinite Cody Wilson, full-time law student and part-time director of Defense Distributed, a non-profit working to develop and freely distribute designs for working 3D-printable firearms. Even before Sandy Hook, their "WikiWeapon" project was controversial, placing the group squarely at the intersection of emerging debates over the uses and abuses of both crowdfunding and 3D printing. After the tragedy, that controversy assumed a sudden, violent urgency on the national stage, and Wilson became an even hotter media commodity. He receives death threats and strangers recognize him on the street. When I catch up to him, on Jan. 16, President Obama has just unveiled the most sweeping package of gun-control proposals the U.S. has seen in decades.
The Atmospheric Gas Detector Kit, which includes two Arduino-compatible gas sensors and the book Atmospheric Monitoring with Arduino, is now available in the Maker Shed. Use the sensors together to accurately measure ground-level air pollution and store the data for future analysis, or create a device for gas leakage detection in your home.
On this episode of DiResta, Jimmy turns a pile of ancient 3x4s into a coffee table for a friend.
The Pinoccio project is an Internet of Things toolkit that recently passed their fundraising goal on Indiegogo (with 8 days left). They’ve posted an interesting project: a Web Rover robot that you can control from thousands of miles away over the web. Plans and code are available on their website, [...]
Arduino forum member Romano d’Ezzelino designed this pinout diagram and a bunch of others including one for the ATtiny and another for the ATMega1284p. The designs are Community Commons licensed. [via Adafruit]Filed under: Arduino
The $19 TrackR is a like a leash between your wallet and your mobile phone.
One of the best things about the Ultimate Microcontroller Pack is that there's a multitude of projects you can do without sourcing additional components. This variety makes it a great choice for both beginners and advanced users.
Back in the old days, pioneers traveled with round cast iron skillets. You could make round pancakes, round eggs, and throw some rectangular strips of bacon on the side. But today, thanks to Alisa Toninato of FeLion Studios, you can cook a quiche in the shape of your home state.
Warm weather is not so far away and that means the outdoor cooking season coming up. With that in mind, I thought it would be interesting to talk about how to build a variety of outdoor ovens. In today's episode of Food Makers, a Google+ hangout on air at 2pmPST/5pmEST, I'll be talking to experts Kiko Denzer and Eva and Max Edelson. Kiko is the author Build Your Own Earth Oven and Eva and Max founded Firespeaking, a website about masonry heaters, wood-fired heaters, and natural building.
That’s how. [via Reddit]Filed under: Home