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All stories in Design & Dev<p>Google adds 'Theming' to Material Design to unify designs across applications<p>Google today announced several updates to Material Design, the company's visual design language and set of specifications for applications should look. While rumors persisted up to the event that …

Drink Up! This Ingenious Cap Will Transform Any Growler Into a Mini-Keg

Growlers – 64-ounce glass jugs you fill up with beer at a brewery or brewpub – are one of the most cost-effective ways to store and transport craft …

BITalino Is A Low Cost, Modular Bio-Signal Sensor Kit That Makes It Quicker & Easier To Build Medical Devices & Health Tracker Apps

As the quantified self movement continues to pick up momentum, the range of consumer devices tracking physiological signals is set to expand. But harvesting bio-signals requires specialist kit — which can be either expensive to buy or tricky to put together yourself for prototyping purposes, unless …

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.<p>Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with sketches, storyboards, and …

Hand-Crank Geiger Counter

I like mechanical systems. Even when it’s not the most efficient solution, a machine with moving parts has flair that electronics often lack.<p>My Hand-Crank Geiger Counter is not a truly historical design, but it does use an anachronistic “saw switch” as a mechanical oscillator. While I couldn’t …

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Awesome Photo of an Orange-Slice Battery

I love this project of Caleb Charland’s — it’s a battery of orange-slice cells that powers an LED, shot on a 14-hour exposure.<p>Recently one Sunday I spent the day at the kitchen table playing with oranges, copper wires and galvanized nails. My hope was that I could make this ongoing project work …

3DP Shootout Team: Who are 3D Printers For?

This weekend 21 new 3D printers are showing their stuff in MAKE’s second annual 3D Printer Shootout. So who’s going to buy these things, anyway?<p>The consumer/hobbyist 3D printer market is growing fast, with new vendors targeting buyers ranging from students and families to “prosumer” small …

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Unboxing Video

This Lego Mindstorms EV3 unboxing video by EV3 developer Laurens Valk shows you what you get in the box. The word on the street is that the Technic parts are mostly the same as previous sets, with the EV3 microcontroller brick showing the most changes. It looks pretty radical! There’s an SD card …

Visiting the Leatherman Tool Factory

Core77’s Kat Bauman visited the Leatherman Tool plant and interviewed product manager Blair Barnes, who offers a lot of cool insights on building multitools. One of the funniest things he mentioned is that when building a tool for the military, it had to be “Batman” so teenage soldiers would want …

A Chair That Builds Itself

Frank Howarth is a maker who possesses the dual talents of woodworking and filmmaking. In this video, he uses stop-motion to show the construction of a spiffy lawn chair, from rough hewing the wood, to final assembly and staining.<p>He took 12,000 frames to assemble this, and did all the sound design …

Knitted Wrist Movement Sensor

The folks over at HOW TO GET WHAT YOU WANT have devised an amazing knitted sensor using resistive yarn that can detect the movement and angles of the wrist.<p>[via adafruit]

Peanut Butter Jar Vacuum Former

Plastic vacuum formers are an important part of the prototyping process. If you need a nice plastic robot body or custom case for a project you are doing, get your tools, ’cause this project is easy to build and fun to play with.<p>Vacuum formers are based on a simple concept. They use the power of a …

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Custom Robot Keychains with Easy Moldmaking

Making copies of objects like trinkets or figurines is easier than you think. In this project, I’ll show you how to make replicas of something fun — a robot — using a simple moldmaking technique. Then you can make the robots into custom keychains for you and your friends.<p>Step #1: Create a robot you …

Simple Paint Weathering in 3 Easy Steps

Weathering plastic or wood to make it look like aged metal is an effect you can achieve in less steps than most people expect. The *most* basic weathering can be done with only two paints. Here, I’ll show you how to weather <i>and</i> age using only three paints. This technique is how I weathered, in less …

Sugar Printer Creates 3D Cake Toppers

Husband-and-wife architectural designers Kyle and Liz offer a 3D sugar printing service, and create rather beautiful geometric shapes out of sugar.<p>The Sugar Lab started when we were graduate students. We wanted to make our friend Chelsea a birthday cake, but we didn’t have an oven, so we decided to …

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Nokia challenges iPhone's photo capabilities as Apple continues to ignore competitors

After depicting iPhone users as zombies, Nokia is back again to take on Apple directly in its latest Lumia ad. The Finnish smartphone maker is now parodying Apple's "every day" ads that started airing in April to demonstrate the popularity of the iPhone. Nokia's ad kicks off with "every day more …

You Don't Need a Dehydrator: 5 Fruits You Can Dry in the Oven

If you see a lot of fruit dehydrating in your future, buying a food dehydrator makes sense. Using one is more energy-efficient than slowly baking …

Cross Section Photos of Golf Balls Reveal the Diverse Beauty Within

Photographer James Friedman doesn’t play golf, but he had a collection of golf balls lying around. One day, he began to wonder what the guts of the …

A Scientist Debunks The 'Magic' Of Vitamins And Supplements

A pediatrician who spent years defending childhood vaccines against the likes of actress/activist Jenny McCarthy has launched an assault on megavitamins and dietary supplements.<p>"If you take large quantities of vitamin A, vtamin E, beta carotene [or] selenium you increase your risk of cancer, risk …

Super-Capacitor Flashlight

Patrick AKA EngineeringShock built a flashlight that uses no batteries, and instead charges up a bunch of caps from a wall wart.<p>Unfortunately, super capacitors can only be charged to lower voltages; typically around 2.5v or 2.7v as a standard. If you place some super capacitors in series, you can …

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