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.
Years ago, wannabe engineers might’ve sat in a basement tearing up VCRs to concoct homemade electronics, pounding can after can of Tab to fuel their DiY compulsions. That’s still happening today—except with DVD burners, cans of Red Bull, and with millions of people watching the mad scientists on YouTube.
It started nearly thirty years ago, when Ben Reardon encountered a robot playing a classical guitar at the 1988 World Expo in his hometown of Brisbane, Australia. He was only a teenager at the time, but he knew right then what he had to do.
The long rectangles of San Francisco's famous piers gave the city a blocky, geometric border with the Bay over a century ago. Now these abandoned remnants of the Barbary Coast are being rejuvenated by companies like software giant Autodesk, whose Pier 9 Workshop is so experimental that it feels like science fiction.
Video games are pretty simple: there's a TV, a handheld controller and some buttons, right? Not at the Alt.Ctrl gallery at this year's Game Developer Conference. It's a handmade arcade filled with bizarre, custom game controllers that defy convention.
A microcontroller. An experimental synthesizer. A kit for building game consoles. You can read about these things online, you can buy them online, and you can build them yourself. But starting this year, you'll also find them in arguably the most important modern art museum in the world.
So what if Annette Gabbedey was born without fingers? What many would consider a disability clearly hasn't hindered her ability to craft gorgeously intricate diamond- and opal-studded trinkets. In fact, she argues that it's actually an advantage.
Here's an hour-long super dive into the brains of two supremely interesting maker dudes. We probably shouldn't be surprised that a conversation between MythBusters' Adam Savage and sculptor Tom Sachs goes down wonderful rabbit holes of geekdom rather quickly...
Not content with simply being masters of the clock, the Swiss have apparently decided to take over another crucial aspect of our day: caffeine. The Delizio Uno, a minimalist capsule coffee maker, boasts clean lines and vibrant colors enough to brighten any morning.
When I was in high school in the late 1970's, we had workshop class as part of the "Industrial Arts" curriculum. It wasn't quite clear why this was a required credit—we lived in suburb of Washington, D.C., and there were no factories around and most of my friends' parents were lawyers and government workers. But…
We've shown you lots of weird and wonderful gizmos that DIY electronics fans have made using the powerful Arduino board, and now there's a new option: the Nano. It's not very much bigger than a stick of gum, and comes with full USB support and almost the same functionality as the bigger Diecimila board: immediately I…
Maker Faire and its ridiculously dangerous projects are going to be in San Mateo this weekend. If you're in town, drop by and say hello, since Brian's going to be there covering the crazy robots and trying to keep his eyebrows from burning off. If you're going to be running an awesome booth at Maker, drop him a note…