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TC Droidcast Episode 22: Nokia Goes Android While HTC Plays The Customer Care Card

On this week’s Droidcast, me and Chris Velazco get tough on smartwatches, but first we discuss Nokia Android “Nokia X” device plans and other infertile hybrid animals, and HTC’s renewed commitment to customer care and how that might affect its fortunes. Finally, we talk a bit about Chromecast, …

Smart Gifts: Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, & Math Toys for Kids

What are maker-loving parents giving this season to turn their kids into the makers of tomorrow? In this list we focus on gifts at the intersection of Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, & Math (STEAM).<p>In a similar vein, kinetic artists Mark Rosen and Wendy Marvel launched their FlipBooKit at World …

Pi Overload: New Raspberry Pi Products in the Maker Shed

Nwazet is one of our newest partners, and we couldn’t be happier to be able to offer some of their products. The amount of work they put into each product is really clear once you hold one in your hand and put it to use – they use high quality components, manufacture their products in the US, and …

How to Easily Disassemble a Transformer

Ryan Jensen, AKA Instructables user jensenr30m, wanted to get at the magnet wire in his his transformer in order to make a relay. It turns out getting into those things can be pretty difficult; they’re not made to be opened. Ryan shows how to use a putty knife and hammer to force the core apart. …

Two-Hour Table

You’ve heard the old joke: A thing can be built fast, good, or cheap — pick any two of these qualities. Well, I like fast, good, <i>and</i> cheap. With this table I wanted all three.<p>I wanted an enduring shape with tapered legs that would age gracefully, hold plenty of weight, and weigh no more than a …

Woodworking

Building a Spot Welder From a Transformer

Manekinen’s spot welder uses a limit switch connected to a moving electrode to trigger the weld current for up to 4 seconds (as set by a pot) while giving the user time to clamp on the electrodes. It produces 2.6V at 1kA.<p>One cool aspect of the project is that he repurposed the transformer from a …