DIY projects, how-tos, and inspiration from geeks, makers, and hackers
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In the run-up to the Hardware Innovation Workshop (May 14-15), we'll be introducing aspiring companies and makers competing in the "pitches with prototypes" contest. First up is Falkor System's Pet AR. Drone. The product is still in development, but CEO Sameer Parekh imagines it as a personal drone for extreme sports photography. Doing a little BASE jumping? Let your drone follow you down while the camera rolls. He calls it "out of body" recording.
Artist and inventor Amelia Marzec has created an ingenious community project, called “New American Sweatshop,” in which she is attempting to reduce our dependence on electronics produced in sweatshops by salvaging components from broken electronics to be used in new domestic electronics projects. The New American Sweatshop is an immersive [...]
The line-up for MAKE's second Hardware Innovation Workshop is set and the roster and schedule of events is truly exciting. If you're in the business of making at any stage this is a not-to-miss event.
St. Louis hackerspace The Disruption Department's Student Fellowship Program takes the kids to a new spot each month and they learn something about mechanical, electrical, or computer engineering. For the April event, the kids were introduced to Arduino. Read about how it went, and check out some snaps from the day.
Nearly 40 years ago, scientist and author Forrest M. Mims III wrote an article titled “The Pinhole: A ‘Lens’ that Just Won’t Quit” that was published in the April 1974 issue of Popular Photography. His enthusiasm for pinhole photography, taking photographs with a 35mm film camera equipped with a pinhole [...]
Kamela Portuges and Lee Armstrong have been making puppets and performing together for over 25 years. Armstrong, who’d gotten her big puppetry break on Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock, met talented sculptor Portuges at a puppet festival; the two soon combined their talents to create their Sonoma, Calif., studio, Images In Motion. Since then, they’ve been steadily producing TV shows, commercials, and live performances, as well as lending their expertise to major studios and toy companies. Video and slideshow after the jump.
MAKE Asks: is a weekly column where we ask you, our readers, for responses to maker-related questions. We hope the column sparks interesting conversation and is a way for us to get to know more about each other.
Veronica Belmont invites you to put to the test your most innovative and ingenious DIY versions of your favorite consumer tech items on stage at Maker Faire Bay Area.
We're pleased to announce the winners on the 2013 Road to Maker Faire Challenge! Makers competed for a $2,500 prize and a chance to travel to the Bay Area Maker Faire next month to exhibit their project.
Harking back to the era of steam trunks the Arara Nomade is nomadic furniture: a trunk that turns into a shelves, drawers and hanging space. Designed for easy assembly and disassembly, no screws, glue or tools are required to put in together, or to take it apart at the end of your trip.
Spikenzie Labs has a reputation for making innovative, wonderfully designed kits and their new Telegraph Decoder and Calculator Kits are no exception! Both are available now in the Maker Shed.
Aaaaaaaaand we have a serious new contender for the title of Best Who's-in-the-Box Ever. Adafruit senior designer Phillip Burgess was inspired by customers' observations that their new-ish 10 cm "Massive Red Arcade Button" looks a lot like the iconic eye of Clarke and Kubrick's famously malevolent mainframe. For sheer comedic value, I think...
Oakland resident Douglas Smith is an architect by training, working as a BIM / CAD manager at the San Francisco offices of internationally-renowned skyscraper architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill. In 2006, co-worker and amateur astronomer David Frey persuaded him to take an amateur telescope-making class at The Randall Museum, taught by famous amateur astronomer John Dobson. It changed his life.
The Inside 3D Printing Conference in NYC gave us a clear look at the business side of 3D printing. Usual suspects, like 3D Systems, MakerBot and Stratasys, attended in full force. So did some up-and-comers like FormLabs, ZoomRP, Sculpteo, Mbot, and MakerGear. Shapeways (based in New York) was noticeably [...]
MAKE community member Justin Weiner of New York design firm Studio Kenji shared a neat video he made documenting the simple but stunning LED light display that BWArchitects made for the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. Delicate pink and blue flowers were handmade using 1,600 LEDs wrapped in translucent paper shades [...]
Operation is a game that lets you test your hand-eye coordination by removing a variety of ailment tokens from a cartoon patient without touching the metal sides of each slot. Since its release in 1965, there have been a lot of special editions created. These feature popular characters such as Buzz Lightyear, R2D2 and Iron Man. The game's simple design makes it very versatile and easy to adapt.
Come join me this Sunday in Boston, where I'm one of the judges for Axeda's M2M hackathon. Build something awesome with electronics and software, and compete to win a prize!
In honor of a recent visit to Kenneth Snelson's workshop, and as a continued tribute to Math Craft, which has a nice gallery of tensegrity projects, here's a detailed, step-by-step illustration of how to make a tensegrity structure that you may not find in a lot of other places -- a frustum of a pentagonal pyramid.
Chris Connors shows his technique for storing resistors. Executive summary: he sorts by the 3rd color band! Over the years, I’ve seen and inherited parts bins with every drawer labeled for a single value resistor. This can take up dozens of drawers in a rack. It also makes returning the [...]
Three weeks until Maker Faire Bay Area! Who's feeling prepared? Now's a good time to start thinking about all the final details for bringing your awesome project to Maker Faire.