Trevor Pearson

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A good book can change your life ... and your brain

Stories, whether fact or fiction, are at the heart of human culture. A strong narrative can resonate with your personality and experiences, and help …

A Micro-House Inspired by a Prison Cell

Plenty of small homes and small interior spaces take their cues from boat and airplane interiors, however this is the first I’d heard about where the inspiration for the design came from a prison cell, and expertise from the prisoners.<p>The perhaps somewhat ironically named Freedom Room project is a …

Resin Casting: Going from CAD to Engineering-Grade Plastic Parts

Synthetic polymers play a role in almost every single commercially manufactured item on the planet. Plastics are not just ubiquitous, but extremely versatile: some of them are incredibly stretchy, while some are hard as nails; some are crystal clear, and others come in all colors of the rainbow; …

Ruggedized Rainbow Box

Nick Poole, a technologist for SparkFun Electronics, built this beautiful Arduino-powered rainbow box:<p>Recently, I had the opportunity to see Phil Lapsley talk about his book “Exploding the Phone,” a history of phone phreaking. When I found out that he was coming to give the talk, I was reminded of …

Maker Scouts: Tell Stories

For young makers, making is more than learning how to use a particular tool or a technique. It’s experiencing the power of a material, technology, or tool as a language of self expression. It’s PLAYING with different languages and experiencing the magic of connections that is made when what you …

Learning to Hack Fireworks with the WPA

Founded in 1989 by a handful of dedicated “pyros,” the Western Pyrotechnics Association is a west-coast answer to the older Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) and other fireworks enthusiast and advocacy groups. The WPA works with hobbyists and professionals to promote fireworks safety, educate …

Massive Public Installation from Salvaged Rope

A massive installation consisting of 1.4 million feet of rope has just opened to the public in New York City’s Madison Square Park. The installation is called Red, Yellow and Blue and was created by Orly Genger, who collected nautical rope from various locations and then painted and hand-knotted it …

Seventeen Sneaky Secret Compartments

To celebrate the publication of my little stash project in <i>Make:</i> Volume 34, I’ve rounded up a pseudorandom smattering of some of my favorite secret hiding place posts from our online archives. Some of these link to <i>Make:</i> articles, some to outside content, and a few don’t link anywhere and are just …

The Kindleberry Wireless

<i>The Monday Jolt is a column about microcontrollers and electronics that appears in MAKE every Monday morning. This post was written by Max Ogden and in January 2013. It is reposted here on the MAKE site with permission.</i><p>Recently I got to go down to Australia to attend an awesome conference called …

Things from Rings

From the Museum of Mathematics<p>The Math Mondays Experimental Making Labs recently received numerous binder rings in its Incoming Raw Materials box. You know — the little circles that clip closed, used to hold a sheaf of hole-punched paper together. According to the donor: “Here’s an office supply …

DIY Hacks & How To's: Emergency Power from a Land Line

DIY Hacks & How To’s: Get Emergency Power from a Phone Line

What do you do if the power is out, but you need to charge your cell phone to make an emergency phone call? In this episode of DIY Hacks & How To’s, I show you how to tap the power flowing from your phone line.<p>There is a small amount of electricity that is constantly available in a phone line. This …

Mapping Buildings with a Kinect

This cool mapping system created by MIT uses a Kinect motion tracker, a laser range finder, GPS, and inertial sensors to map out the interior of a building. [via Beyond the Beyond]

Knock Knock Calculator

Knock Knock is a clever Arduino-controlled calculator toy, designed for small children. The user knocks out a calculation on the surface — addition, multiplication, subtraction, or division — and Knock Knock will spit back the solution, in the form of knocks, of course. Created by Switzerland …

Maker Faire Inspires Father/Daughter Steampunk Table

Last year was our first trip to Maker Faire Bay Area. My daughter Sawyer and I were inspired by the work and creative projects we saw. Sawyer, who was 7, really got the bug to make things.<p>One of our first projects was a table built out of 1-inch black steel pipe, wood 2 x 4s, and glass. We finished …

3D-Printing Mechanical Hands

This is really cool, a MakerBot Industries-supported 3D printable prosthetic hand project.<p>When Richard Van As, a master carpenter in Johannesburg, South Africa, decided to make a set of mechanical fingers, it wasn’t just for fun. He’d lost four of the fingers on his right hand in an unfortunate …

MAKE : Inventions "The Etch A Sketch"

How-To: The Panjolele Cake Pan Ukulele

What can you make with two cake pans, 20 toothpicks, some lumber, and a handful of screws? A Panjolele! Whitehall, Michigan-based maker Chester Winowiecki loves to make his own musical instruments. A few years back, Chester wanted to make a cigar box ukulele and had the box and wood, but needed to …

Pitches with Prototypes: Moti

MAKE’s 2013 Hardware Innovation Workshop is only a few days away and I’m really looking forward to the event, especially the “pitches with prototypes” contest. One of the entrants is Nicholas Stedman of Moti. He is trying to make robotics easy for “Designers, Developers & Devious Kids” with his …

Maker Pro Newsletter #12

<b>“The internet unlocked the world of bits. 3D printing is unlocking the world of atoms.”</b><p><i>From the editors of MAKE magazine, the Maker Pro Newsletter is about the impact of makers on business and technology. Our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, innovators, along with</i> …

A Visit to Shapeways’ 3D Printing Factory

A while back, I took Duann Scott up on an offer to visit Shapeways’ factory in Long Island City, New York, so I could see where nylon and lasers come together to make fantastic objects. (And today at 5pm Eastern, you can join the Shapeways engineers in a Google Hangout they are holding from their …

The Ultimate Guide to Secret Santa

The Ultimate Guide to Secret Santa is a fun design for Christmas from MoneySupermarket.com in the UK (so the currency amounts are in British Pounds). …

Eat Like A Caveman With The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet infographic from DrVita.com shows readers what it would take to eat like a caveman!<p><i>For those of you who keep asking yourself, “is</i> …

Top 20 Field Service Management Software Solutions

The new Top 20 Field Service Management Software infographic from Capterra continues their series of “Top 20 Most Popular” infographics for different …

Blood Pressure: Know Your Numbers

Being knowledgeable about your health is always helpful. Your blood pressure is no exception, 1/3 people who have strokes die because of high blood …

Tomorrow's World

Tomorrow’s World infographic from the BBC maps out many of the future predictions from experts onto a timeline of the next 100 years, and lays out …

LEGO Minifigs

The LEGO Minifigs infographic is a history of LEGO Minifigs (Mini Figures). The infographic designed by Hot Butter Studio for visual.ly includes the …

James Bond: 50 Years of Movies

James Bond: 50 Years of Movies infographic from hrblock.com is all about Bond, James Bond. See the top grossing films, iconic bond accessories and …