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Maker Pro: Building School Makerspaces With Bit Space

Over the past few years I’ve talked with many groups about making and education. There is always a big question of how making fits into the classroom. Should it be integrated into normal curriculum? Should there be a dedicated maker space in the school? Unfortunately, there is no single quick and …

Makerspaces

How To: Make LED-based “Neon” Signs

It’s always great to discover another John Edgar Park tutorial on the Adafruit Learning System. In his latest tute, John shows how he used Adafruit’s Flexible Silicone Neon-Like LED Strips and a Circuit Python-powered microcontroller (the Metro MO Express) to create very convincing-looking LED …

Microcontroller

This Clever 3D Print Turns Thumbstick to A Steering Wheel

Clever and functional 3D printing is always so satisfying to see. This 3D printed assembly allows you to use a little steering wheel for racing games. Sure, it isn’t as nice as a full-blown steering wheel that you could purchase, but it actually seems like it might be pretty nice of an improvement …

Real Estate

From Smart Devices to Crochet, Maker Faire Singapore Spotlights Local Creativity

The excitement is building as the Singapore maker community mobilizes for the 7th annual Maker Faire Singapore, organized by Science Centre Singapore and A*STAR (the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology, and Research). This year’s Faire takes place at Our Tampines Hub from Friday August 17 …

Makerspaces

Cosplay, Curiosities, and Chocolate at Maker Faire Tulsa

In 2018, Maker Faire Tulsa celebrates our sixth by becoming a featured faire. Produced by Fab Lab Tulsa, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on August 25th in Central Park Hall at Expo Square. Highlights this year include an expanded activities zone, as well as favorite makers from past …

Maker Faire

Build a Rick and Morty Portal Gun Out of Cardboard and LEDs

On the Spanish <i>YouTube</i> channel, I’ll Show U How It’s Done, the guys show you how they made a pretty sweet <i>Rick and Morty</i> portal gun from little more than cardboard, reclaimed LEDs, batteries, and some EVA craft foam.<p>The video is in Spanish, but the <i>YouTube</i> translation is decent enough and the visuals …

Rick and Morty

See Makers Experiment in AI at World Maker Faire New York

Maker Faire has always been not only a chance to see things made by passionate community members but also an opportunity to experience cutting edge technology as it is explored by the brilliant people around you. I can remember going to Maker Faires and seeing the evolution of the cheap desktop 3d …

Maker Faire

Edible Innovation: When a Simple Tool Can Make You a Chemist

<i>From Singapore to the USA and all around Europe, Edible Innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. Join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. Chiara</i> …

Agriculture

This Massive Utility Knife Is A Masterpiece Of Woodworking

Paul Jackman got his hands on a comically oversized utility knife blade made by Jimmy Diresta. Many of us would probably joke about building an equally oversized utility knife to match, but few would actually follow through, and fewer still would match the craftsmanship that Paul displayed on this …

Woodworking

Furniture, Art, and Beer: Makers in Grand Rapids, Michigan

As the excitement grows for the 5th annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire this weekend, we reflect on how this city began, how it has grown, and how historical and contemporary Makers alike inspire the city, its residents and people across the world.<p>Makers of all kinds populate the growing …

Maker Faire

Furniture, Art, and Beer: Makers in Grand Rapids, Minnisota

As the excitement grows for the 5th annual Grand Rapids Mini Maker Faire this weekend, we reflect on how this city began, how it has grown, and how historical and contemporary Makers alike inspire the city, its residents and people across the world.<p>Makers of all kinds populate the growing …

Maker Faire

Weekend Watch: Cheap Homesteading

One of the things I like about doing this weekly column, introducing you to new or underappreciated maker <i>YouTube</i> channels, is trying to cover as broad a spectrum of channels as possible. On <i>Weekend Watch</i>, we have covered everything from electronics and high-tech maker channels to crafting and …

Homesteading

Tips of the Week: Reviving Saw Inserts, Makeshift Clamp Caulking Gun, Water Resistance Hacks, and More

<i>Tips of the Week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. Check in every Friday to see what we’ve discovered. And we want to hear from you. Please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments</i> …

Hacking

Edible Innovation: Re-Making the Future of Fishmeal

<i>From Singapore to the USA and all around Europe, Edible Innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. Join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. Chiara</i> …

Aquaponics

Alexa 9000 Brings A Space Odyssey To Your Home

I love my home automation and Amazon echo voice control of my house (see my Alexa Controlled toilet). But like any other geek, I have so many Echos now they are littering my home, and there are just so many places one can place an oversized hokey puck.<p>I decided to get rid of the Amazon Alexa in my …

Amazon Echo

Impact Reactive Snare Drum Lights

At a Less Than Jake concert I noticed that Vinnie Fiorello’s drums had LED lights inside. They would periodically change colors while the roadie set up the band’s gear, but stayed one solid color during the performance. Less Than Jake have an energetic live show and these static lights just …

Arduino

Let’s Robot Offers An Open Telepresence Platform For Everyone

Let’s Robot is a site where anyone from anywhere can take control of real life robots via the internet. The robots stream audio and video in real time with little to no latency. There is a chat room that you can use to talk to the other people sharing the experience, or you can use it to make the …

Raspberry Pi

Making Milk Jug Skulls

For those who really get into Halloween and DIY haunts, it’s never too early to start working on costumes, props, and decorations. In fact, for the truly hardcore, last Nov 1st was when preparations for this year’s Halloween began.<p>But for those of us who are a little more chill about our party …

Power Tools

Using Ubiquitous Tech To Assist The Visually Impaired

In today’s world, designers often create environments that rely on their users being able to see. Accessibility for the visually impaired is either an afterthought or not considered at all. For the 285 million visually impaired people around the world, tasks like finding one’s keys or walking along …

UC Berkeley

This Twitter Activated Zelda Heart Lets You Show Some Love Remotely

Jeremy Cook agreed to help out a friend in a lofty goal of creating a romantic bit of electronics that would light up depending on his physical location. Ultimately, the scope of the project changed and what Jeremy ended up with is a heart from the famous game Zelda, that can be lit up by sending …

The Legend of Zelda

Maker Spotlight: Caitlan Davis

<b>Name:</b> Caitlan Davis<p><b>Current Location:</b> West Yorkshire, United Kingdom<p><b>Day Job:</b> Full Time Student – at school<p><b>Makerspace:</b> Local Wood Turning Club / Outside her playhouse<p>Youtube Channel<p><b>How did you get started making?</b><p>Having seen some wood turners at a summer fair 2 years ago her grandfather took her older …

Woodworking

Maker Pro News: Why This Venture Capital Firm Is Investing in Makers

<i>You’re reading our weekly Maker Pro Newsletter, which focuses on the impact of makers in business and technology. Our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, and innovators, along with technology and market trends. Subscribe today and never miss a post.</i><p>“No one’s ever going to …

Venture Capital

Weekend Watch: Moonshine Metalworks

Do a straw poll of makers, asking them what skills they would most like to learn, and you will more than likely hear “welding,” “blacksmithing,” and “Fusion 360.” These commonly come up on DIYers’ bucket lists of things to learn.<p>Steve is blacksmith and general maker from the UK who, one year ago, …

Woodworking

Tips of the Week: Crayon Finishes, Kitchen Hammers, Bathing Your Boards, and Great from Harbor Freight

<i>Tips of the Week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. Check in every Friday to see what we’ve discovered. And we want to hear from you. Please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments</i> …

Woodworking

Innovation From Around the World Gathers At Maker Faire Rome

Maker Faire European Edition, the largest Maker Faire in Europe, will be happening again this year in Rome. Check out last year’s coverage for an idea of just how large this event is! While there are many local makers in attendance, an event this size pulls talented individuals from all over the …

Maker Faire

How To: Make Your Own Track Saw

If you watch any quantity of maker videos on <i>YouTube</i>, you know that track saws are all the rage these days. What is a track saw? It it sort of a portable table saw. It is a saw that includes guide track that gets clamped down to your workpiece and then a circular saw runs along the track to make …

Power Tools

Dayton’s History of Innovation Informs its Mini Maker Faire

You can’t go a day without Dayton. No, seriously, it’s true, this midsize Midwest city packs a colossal punch. By the turn of the 20th century, Dayton had more patents, per capita, than any U.S. city. From the airplane to the automobile self-starter to the cash register, the Gem City’s incredible …

Maker Faire

600 Makers Prepare to Share Knowledge at the 7th Annual Maker Faire Tokyo

This weekend, for the 7th year in a row, the Japanese maker community is gearing up to celebrate at Maker Faire Tokyo, presented by O’Reilly Japan Inc., publishers of <i>Make:</i> magazine in Japan. There are more than 600 makers lined up for this year’s event, with two presentation stages that will host …

Maker Faire

Magic Wheelchair Brings Cosplay to Fans

Last week at San Diego Comic-Con, seven special Star Wars fans were gifted with an experience that would transform their wheelchairs into an essential part of their cosplay. Well-known prop makers and builders volunteered for Magic Wheelchair, a nonprofit organization that builds epic costumes for …

Costumes

13 Useful, Cheap Product Substitutions

Recently, I decided to gather together some of the DIY recipes I knew for making your own paints, glues, solvents, cleaners, etc. Along with other money-saving and on-hand product substitutions. I also reached out to my <i>Facebook</i> network. Here are some of the better substitutions I found.<p>***<p>PTFE …

Photo Manipulation