DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers
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We're thrilled that Oakland art collective Five Ton Crane is joining us again at this year's Maker Faire Bay Area. This time around, they bring an interpretation of the nautilus submarine from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to life in the gorgeous form of the Nautilus Submarine Art Car.
Screws and screwdrivers might not seem like the most exciting topic on its face, but you could write a book on their uses and intricacies. There are so many tricks on how to use this type of hardware and their respective tools, and I've chosen ten that I hope will help you with future projects
One of Maker Faire's newest Blacksmith Sponsors is HAXLR8R, a hardware startup incubator based of both San Francisco and Shenzhen, China. Now in its second year, HAXLR8R takes promising startups to China to jumpstart their innovative hardware companies. HAXLR8R's latest batch of startups and the incubator itself (currently accepting applications for next year) will be at Maker Faire this week. Sponsors are key to making Maker Faire happen: most maker exhibits are provided free of charge to the folks showing off their projects, and it's the generous sponsors that make that possible. So be sure to swing by and see what they've got going on. I asked two of HAXLR8R's mentors, Zach Hoeken Smith and Cyril Ebersweiler, to answer some questions about the incubator and the companies that will be at the Faire.
A major manufacturer of CNC routers today launched what it hopes will be "a whole new class of digital tool" called the Handibot. The announcement was made at the Hardware Innovation Workshop, currently going on in San Mateo, California.
Lego builder James Pegrum explores Britain’s elite codebreaking facility in brick form! 1944AD 1st June, Bletchley Park, England. The improved Colossus Mark 2 starts working in time for the Normandy Landings. The Colossus was the world’s first electronic digital computer that was at all programmable. It was designed by Tommy […]
Innovation is one of those concepts that's hard to describe, but when you see it (or hear it), you know you've found it. It's certainly in abundance with the speakers and participants at the first day of the Make Hardware Innovation Workshop today.
Our friend Matt Mets, along with pals Max Henstell and Marty Mcguire, is developing a cool addressable LED light strip that packs a microprocessor on the strip for easy programming. Look cool? You can get in on the Kickstarter campaign and score some excellent tech. It looks awesome, Matt! Filed […]
MAKE’s 2nd annual Hardware Innovation Workshop is happening live right now! You can tune in by streaming the video above, showcasing 25 hardware demos and 40 speakers from the workshop stage. Don’t miss a minute of MAKE’s hardware workshop—tune in now to the live stream of this exciting 1-1/2 day […]
Nothing tests maker mettle quite like time and budget constraints. West Coast makers: Now is the time to step up and show off your modding skills. This weekend, May 18 and 19, at the 8th annual Maker Faire Bay Area, we are hosting the season opener of the Power Racing Series (PPPRS). Come race us!
NYC Resistor’s phooky built a punchtape reader to read some old punchtapes. After an initial attempt, he built a new reader: This time I used proper phototransistors and IR LEDs I scrounged up around the space (thanks, Miria and Raphael!). Because they’re 5mm in diameter (and the spacing between channels […]
As someone who shares the hobby of making robots, I really have to look up to Dave Shinsel, who has come up with some truly impressive designs. His robots have appeared in Popular Mechanics and on the cover of Servo Magazine. He has also competed in RoboMagellan, a challenging contest that tests a robot's ability to navigate successfully.
MAKE is excited to announce a new monthly column all about Arduino, by platform co-creator Massimo Banzi. In this month's post, Massimo introduces the Arduino Robot!
You think hackerspaces are all about Arduinos and 3D printers? Guess again! i3Detroit is holding a Bob Ross Paint Along class, where you can learn how to paint like the mighty Bob Ross of “Joy of Painting” fame: The late Bob Ross left a legacy of artistic genius and inspiration. […]
Pensa is an eight-member NY-based design consultancy founded in 2005 by Marco Perry and Kathy Larchian. They’ve done product design work with major brands like OXO and Samsung mobile, and first appeared on our radar back in May of last year, when they first announced plans to develop a low-cost, […]
Bay Area Milanese artist Mauro Ffortissimo is well versed in the visual arts as well as classical piano. Earlier this year, these two passions converged in the form of the Sunset Piano, the name given to a castoff grand piano that Mauro acquired. In a poetic act that brought joy […]
In celebration of Maker Faire Bay Area 2013, O'Reilly is taking 50% off of MAKE's ebooks and videos (there are a bunch of books from other great publishers too).
Do you know a kid that likes to pretend that they are a wizard or a fairy princess? Well, this is a project for them. This project shows how you can make a toy wand that can turn on/off electronic devices like magic. Or more specifically with a magnet.
Portable, loud, and fashionable. Take a vintage suitcase and install a set of speakers, passive crossovers, an amplifier, and a couple of rechargeable batteries. Now, you have a portable, albeit heavy, stereo that will make your ears bleed. It’s a “boomcase.”
Aaron Thomen’s DIY $200 Robotic Hand looks and works great without costing a lot of money! It consists of servo-controlled and spring-loaded fingers delicate enough to pick up small objects. In another video Aaron shows how to build it. Going to Maker Faire Bay Area? Aaron will be there showing […]
Here's a project we did a long time ago in collaboration with Vi Hart, that somehow never made it into Math Mondays. The idea is simple: lay out pennies on a large horizontal surface, such as a floor, in the pattern of a Sierpinski triangle. How many? Well, the basic triangle with a one-penny size hole