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Gift Singularity: Steam-Powered BoilerBot

Gift Singularity: Steam-Powered BoilerBot

Steam. Fire. High RPM flywheel. Steel wire treads. This is not your kid brother’s vibrabot. For my Gift Singularity project, I decided to build a bristlebot like no other. I wanted to make one on a larger, more dangerous scale. And so, I present to you the Steam-Powered BoilerBot! The basic principle here is the […]

Water Cooler Bottle Blaster

Welsh company BCB has developed what is essentially a potato cannon on steroids. Called the Wall Breaker, this pneumatically charged cannon launches water cooler bottles at 984 feet per second. Need to break through concrete in a hostage situation? No problem. Want to rip a giant hole through a cargo van? They have you covered. […]

A Photo Op Not to be Missed…

A Photo Op Not to be Missed…

…if you happen to have a vehicle with about 300,000 units on the odometer.  From Alan Parekh’s always-delightful Hacked Gadgets. <!– Follow @make –>

Coffin-Making Class

Coffin-Making Class

DIY coffin builders hard at work on final resting places In October 2010, a woman named Marilyn Bader drove from Grand Marais in northern Minnesota to her home in downtown St. Paul. She was actually hoping that a cop would pull her over during the five hour drive. And who could blame her? It was […]

Workbench Hidden in an Ikea Shelf

Workbench Hidden in an Ikea Shelf

Nikolaus Gradwohl of Vienna, Austria, built a cozy little workbench for his flat: Since space is very rare in my flat I made a small workbench that is hidden in an ikea-shelf. I combined a folding table and an ikea shelf. Then I added some small cabinets with drawers and an adjustable lamp. I had […]

Layar Augmented Reality for MAKE Vol 28 (and How to Make Your Own)

Layar Augmented Reality for MAKE Vol 28 (and How to Make Your Own)
[Video Link] I love the augmented reality content that Layar created for MAKE’s Toys Games issue. And Gene Becker at Layar, who led this project, kindly wrote a how-to article about creating an augmented reality magazine cover. Read it after the jump. Augmented reality (AR) is a fun technology that overlays digital media onto the […]

Super Sewable Circuitry – Sylvia’s Mini Maker Show

Super Sewable Circuitry – Sylvia’s Mini Maker Show

By Super Awesome Sylvia and her dad, James I bet you didn’t know that there’s a soft side to the hard edged fiberglass boarded electronics you know and love, and it’s called soft circuitry! The copper clad board in through-the-hole electronics can actually be replaced by cloth, and the traces replaced with conductive thread, allowing […]

Halloween Contest Prizes 2011 Shipped!

Halloween Contest Prizes 2011 Shipped!

We really enjoyed organizing the MAKE CRAFT Halloween Contest this year. We’ve already shown you the winners, but thought we’d share more about the sweet prizes. I got to pack up the goodies and snapped a few pictures before the FedEx guy picked them up. Thanks to all who entered the contest! Above: 1st place […]

Math Monday: An Octahedron in a Balloon

Math Monday: An Octahedron in a Balloon

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics You may know how to make a ship in a bottle, but how would you make this octahedron in a balloon? The twelve edges of the octahedron are made of strips of blue balloon rubber, glued to the inside of the clear balloon at the six vertices. […]

Build Your Own Homemade Treasure Finder

Build Your Own Homemade Treasure Finder

If you’re of the “Goonies generation” like me, then hunting for buried treasure is definitely a desired pastime. And when hunting for precious metals, or even a few dropped coins, you need the assistance of science! The Treasure Finder, our latest installment of Weekend Projects, is a multi-day endeavor with potentially lucrative rewards. A true […]

Stop Internet Blacklist Legislation

Stop Internet Blacklist Legislation

Stop Internet Blacklist Legislation | Take Action | Electronic Frontier Foundation. The Internet Blacklist Legislation – known as PROTECT IP Act in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House – is a threatening sequel to last year’s COICA Internet censorship bill.  Like its predecessor, this legislation invites Internet security risks, threatens […]

Maker Profile: Metro Diverse Services and the Panterragaffe

Maker Profile: Metro Diverse Services and the Panterragaffe

Metro Diverse Services is a 3-person team specializing in unique fabrication projects for monumental art and architectural and landscape decoration. They were one of two mechanical spiders featured at this year’s Vancouver Mini Maker Faire in June, the other being the Mondo Spider, built by eatART Foundation. Learn more about this walking sculpture known as Panterragaffe in the interview below, and check […]

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