And we thought carbon freezing looked painful...
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.
It’s amazing what you can do with 3D printers nowadays. This relatively new technology has already proved to be incredibly versatile, and has allowed anybody to become a manufacturer. Just see for yourself, with these videos of some of the most amazing 3D-printed items in the world.
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.
Robots have come a long way in the past few decades — but some of the coolest advances in robotics haven’t come from huge companies or massive university labs. Makers, inventors, tinkerers and builders have been creating some to-die-for robots for years now. Check out some videos of the very best DIY cheap robots.
Penguicon is a convention dedicated to science fiction and open-source software, happening the weekend after next. And this year, the convention is supporting a really worthy cause: Enabling the Future, a charity that aims to 3-D print arms for people who need one.
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...
This model of Thor's hammer Mjolnir can't quite summon the lightning — but it can do the next best thing, pumping out massive voltage. Over at Hackaday, Caleb Kraft explains how he built the Thunder God's hammer.
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…
In Little Brother, Cory Doctorow showed how a grassroots, technology based movement could ensure our civil liberties. With his latest novel, Makers, he asks whether a similar movement could save American capitalism from itself.