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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
This past summer when we were putting together our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing we sought to test a representative sample of available consumer-class 3D printers. Given the dynamic nature of the market, we were sure many new printers would start popping up. And that's definitely what's happening. So it's cool to see Endgadget has come out with its own 3D printer buyer's guide: The Shape of Things to Come.
The folks at Photojojo just posted a neat low-tech tutorial on how to make a projector for your mobile phone using a shoebox, a paperclip, and a magnifying glass. MacGyver would be proud. They were able to find the magnifying glass at a dollar store for, well, a dollar (so [...]
With this Optical Tremolo Box you are hearing are patterns of light, created by a spinning disk translated into rapid electrical fluctuations to produce a warbling audio effect. Audio enters the circuit via the input jack, passes through the variable resistor — the light-sensitive photocell — and outputs to the amplifier, creating the effect known as tremolo.