Nintendo’s Power Glove is a favorite among hackers looking for new uses for the decades-old peripheral. This latest project puts humanity in dominion over our quadcopter subordinates.
Maker Faire NYC hits the Big Apple this week, so to get you in the mood for homemade robots, inventions and all things DIY, here’s a YouTube channel that teaches you to make almost anything.
What’s one part country fair, one part art festival, a side of Burning Man and an educational, geek-filled fun-fest? Maker Faire, of course. We went to the Bay Area Maker Faire this past weekend, and overdosed on creative, inspiring DiY technology. Here’s what we saw.
Valve’s virtual reality demo at GDC was nothing short of magical—it used fancy emitter technology to let us actually walk around a demo room. It felt so real. Valve calls the tech Lighthouse, and it’s kind of genius.
Mankind might not be able to fly yet, but until that day comes it seems we're pretty happy to simulate the experience by strapping cameras to everything from falcons, to drones, to now even frisbees. Although that last one requires a cleverly-designed mechanism so that the footage from a flying, spinning disc isn't…
The letterpress was a huge leap forward for mass communication when Johannes Gutenberg perfected the moveable type machine way back in the 1450s. These days, it's considered a specialty craft. But this tiny letterpress is thoroughly modern: It's assembled with parts printed on a standard 3D printer. Whoa.
When I was a teenager, I don't think I ever imagined doing anything other than playing video games and eating junk food. Luckily, these teenage girls weren't me because they've developed a generator that can be powered with urine. Yep, it's pee-powered.
Step right up, my pretties, and crawl into the belly of the beast! Place those eager feet on accepting pedals, and the Fledgling nearly takes flight!
They're calling it a revolution in 3D printing. I call it a revolution in laziness. Why else should we applaud the first 3D-printing machine that can print out various objects automatically, without buttons needing pressing inbetween?
We love OK Go in these quarters, not least because of their stage antics. The band took to the Maker Faire arena over the weekend, and actually played two songs underwater; snorkeled-heads stuck in fish bowls.
Get too close to this cog and gear-driven peep hole, spotted in action at Maker Faire, and you could lose more than just an eye. Hence, the thoughtful "No Finger Zone" signage that greets operators when they turn the crank.
This gigantic robotic hand is controlled by what's called a Waldo: a small glove that has the big hand mimic whatever its doing. It's awesome and kind of scary, as you can see by the video BotJunkie grabbed of it.
Of all the ridiculous things one can see at the Maker Faire, the Puppy Mover Monorail might take the cake.
Reminder to you lucky bastards in the Bay Area: Maker Faire—the world's largest DIY festival—is happening this weekend at the San Mateo Event Center. There'll be huge Tesla coils, battling battleships, cybernetic giraffes, and lots of crazies running around. Like Burning Man, but safe for kids. [MF]
We love the whacky creativity of the Maker Faire here at Giz, and all you DIY gadget enthusiasts out there will be pleased to hear MAKE has just put out a call for Makers for the upcoming Austin Faire. You've got until September 4th to get your application in, and the faire itself will be happening October 18th and…