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.
This is Bob Schneeveis and Grant Grundler's Solar Electric Robot Chariot, which showed up at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011. This rig will cart you around as you wave to your cyborg Secutores. Finally, the dream of the Newark Steam Man has been realized.
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!
We've seen many a fiery automaton in our day, but this flame-belching robo-pony seen at this weekend's Detroit Maker Faire deserves a some sort of prize most sinister. Are his mohawked companions walking him...or vice versa?
At the 2011 Bay Area Maker Faire, Adam Savage of Mythbusters teamed up with Tesla coil musical troupe ArcAttack for some freestyle cage dancing. This is definitely one of those "Don't Try This At Home" moments.
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.
Greg Leyh spends his time proving lightning can indeed strike in the same place twice. Now, Leyh is planning to tackle the Zeusian task of creating a facility that can create lighting strikes on command - and serve cocktails.
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.