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This is the final installment in our epic Math Monday series on the intricate world of mechanical linkages. See the Linkages series introduction for the MoMath Linkage Kit, an introduction, and general instructions.
Welcome to the sixty-first installment of Your Comments. Here are our favorites from the past week, from Makezine, our Facebook page, Google+ Community, and Twitter.
There’s been a lot of talk about the pollution problem in Beijing lately. Last month, the air quality index there hit 755, going well beyond the top of the scale (which is set at 500). Matt Hope‘s defense against the enormous problem is the Breathing Bike, a bicycle that cleans [...]
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The Monday Jolt is a new column about microcontrollers and electronics that appears in MAKE every Monday morning. Lego Mindstorms NXT is a fantastic educational robotics set that teaches kids and adults skills ranging from engineering to programming. Nevertheless, wouldn’t it be cool to enhance those Lego robots with Arduino [...]
This news comes to us from the official Raspberry Pi Foundation blog: Raspberry Pi Model A is now available for purchase from their official distributors in Europe. The less expensive board comes in at $25 and lacks ethernet, has only one USB port, and 256 megabytes of RAM as opposed [...]
The “Sugar Carpet (Tapis de sucre)” by Montreal-based artist Aude Moreau was made with over two tons of sugar, laid out perfectly evenly across an expansive floorspace, then decorated in a Persian rug motif with charcoal and food coloring.
The Man Ring is the Swiss Army Knife of accessories for your digit. See how many tools are packed into it.
This week in the MAKE Flickr pool we saw...
This blimp uses two 55″ helium balloons, Dexter Industries NXTBee wireless modules, a servo, and two DC motors. One of the creators, Tyler Westmoreland, shared the RobotC code. [via Dexter Industries] Filed under: Fun & Games, General, Robots
Using the Video Experimenter shield for Arduino, a group in Brazil developed a way to translate live closed captioning to a number of different languages. Called Easy Way Subtitles, the project uses the Video Experimenter Shield to get the closed captioning text from the broadcasted signal and turns it over [...]
Actually the name of the class is Learning Creative Learning and it’s offered by Mitch Resnick, the director of Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Media Lab. The ability to learn new ways to learn is more than a byproduct of a good education; it’s a basic survival skill in the [...]
Renaissance man Tim Hunkin wrote an article in the latest issue of MAKE (Vol. 33) about his adventures in vintage watch restoration. Here are some pocketwatch images to whet your appetite.
As this weekend's conference on How to Make a Makerspace is getting started, I had a chance to speak briefly with Dale Dougherty. He briefly summed up why we need makerspaces, and what we might look forward to from this emerging community. This weekend, nearly 200 representatives of established and burgeoning makerspaces from twenty states and three countries, have assembled at Artisans Asylum in Somerville, MA. We will be reporting on the event, here on Make, and will have more complete coverage on the Make a Makerspace site.
Printrbot founder Brook Drumm built the first 3D printer kit he purchased (the MakerBot Cupcake) with the help of his two daughters and his son, intentionally involving them in the process. His kids have grown up with 3D printers being common tools in their household. Here he shares with us [...]
When backpacking, it's important that every little object you bring be functional and lightweight. Rather than bringing a whole bottle of anitbiotic ointment, you can make your own using a straw, needle-nose pliers, and a lighter. Always be prepared!
Bringing new meaning to the phrase "Dead Bug," these photographs by Luca di Filippo use insects constructed from electronic components as their subjects.
From his roost in Singapore, Bunnie Huang has just completed a four-part series on outsourcing to China. He wrote his tutorial for visiting MIT Media Lab graduate students, but as with so much of what Bunnie does, he's making it available to the world.
With the proliferation of single-board computers and the various flavors that they come in, it can be a bit daunting to a newcomer. Added to the vast array of programmable microcontrollers like the Arduino, it only makes platform decisions that much more complicated. In fact, we are frequently asked about [...]
Dexter Industries has been playing around with the RPi lately, and hooked up a Mindstorms-compatible accelerometer/gyroscope to a RPi running Raspbian. They have a full tutorial showing how they did it.Filed under: Fun & Games, Raspberry Pi