Milwaukee Makerspace’s Hacked Water Cooler

Milwaukee Makerspace’s Hacked Water Cooler

Ron Bean has a fascinating post on Milwaukee Makerspace’s wiki about his project to plumb in the hackerspace’s water cooler. In addition to the obligatory refrigerator full of soda (or sometimes empty of soda, depending on whether anyone’s filled it recently), we also have a water cooler that takes the big 5gal water bottles. They […]

5 Million LEGO Brick Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter

5 Million LEGO Brick Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter

Capturing the title of largest LEGO build of all time, this X-wing starfighter was unveiled yesterday in Times Square in NYC. It will remain on view for only three days before heading to LEGOLAND California Resort for permanent install (thankfully they won’t attempt to launch this into space). Resembling the T-65 starfighter, this build stands […]

Tyler’s Maker Faire Robot Tattoo

Tyler’s Maker Faire Robot Tattoo

At Maker Faire Bay Area last weekend, a group of editors were talking about the “maker tattoos” feature we’re working on for MAKE Volume 35, and someone wondered aloud when we might see the first iconic Maker Faire robot tattoo. Then, two days later, lo and behold, Instagram user @maiden_merica posted a pic of his […]

Maker Faire: One Maker’s Perspective

Maker Faire: One Maker’s Perspective

There’s something magical about going to your first Maker Faire. It’s exciting, wonderful and, often times, a little overwhelming. This was Colin Ho’s (OpenROV roboticist, pictured above) first Bay Area Maker Faire. For the past six months, he’s been wearing a DIY lifelogging device around his neck – a hacked GoPro that takes a photo […]

New Project: DIY 3D Laser Scanner Using Arduino

New Project: DIY 3D Laser Scanner Using Arduino

Maker Alessandro Grossi sent us this great DIY build for a 3D scanner built using a laser, a DSLR, and an Arduino controller. Allesandro is a Mechanical Engineer, holding a Ph.D. in product design. His day job involves helping designers and manufacturing firms develop and optimize products by means of FEM analisys and Computational fluid dynamics. […]

Controlling LEDs with Charlieplexing

Controlling LEDs with Charlieplexing

Charlieplexing with Arduino. MAKE contributor Andy has created a great tutorial to introduce you to the utility of “Charlieplexing,” a method for controlling multiple LEDs without the use of multiple microcontroller pins.  With Charlieplexing you can turn on or off one LED at a time. To light more than one LED at a time, you […]

Sign up now for Maker Training Camps

Sign up now for Maker Training Camps

Have you ever wanted to: Learn about Arduino? Build a weather-monitoring site? Build a marshmallow blaster to wow your neighbors? But been frustrated by how hard it is to learn something new? There are few options for makers seeking to learn a new skill. Many Makerspaces offer courses, but these are frequently safety and basic-use […]

Aaron Vanderwerff Named “Inspirational Teacher of the Year”

Aaron Vanderwerff Named “Inspirational Teacher of the Year”

Aaron Vanderwerff. Oakland’s Lighthouse Community  Charter School is turning out some great young makers. If you attended Maker Faire this past week you might have run into Lighthouse students displaying a solar-powered scooter (it started out as a go kart, but someone stole the chassis) and an EV truck project. The school’s teachers are no […]

BBC abandons £100m digital project

BBC abandons £100m digital project

Please turn on JavaScript. Media requires JavaScript to play. James Purnell, BBC’s director of strategy and digital: “We’ve messed up, we’re sorry” The BBC has scrapped a £98m digital production system, which its director general said had “wasted a huge amount of licence fee payers’ money”. The Digital Media Initiative was set up in 2008 […]

Second RBS apology for app glitch

Second RBS apology for app glitch

RBS has apologised for the second time in two months after customers were unable to log in to their accounts through their mobile phone app. Many customers of the RBS Group, which includes NatWest and Ulster Bank, were unable to use the app for two and a half hours on Friday. A similar problem occurred […]

Online appeal unearths old web page

Online appeal unearths old web page

A search to recover the very first web page has unearthed a relic from 1991. The page turned up after Cern launched a public appeal for files, hardware and software from the web’s earliest days. The original page is missing because the web’s creators did not preserve the early work they did on what has […]

Amazon reveals fan fiction platform

Amazon reveals fan fiction platform

Amazon has announced that fan fiction authors will be able to sell some of their work on the firm’s Kindle e-book platform. Fan fiction is literature inspired by popular books, films and TV shows, written by enthusiasts. Publication outside of blogs and online fanzines is often difficult because of copyright issues. A deal with a […]

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