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Quick Tip: Make a Coin Cell Pack Using Heat Shrink Tubing

Ever been working on a project and needed a really quick way to hold some coin cells? Jeremy Cook showcases a method of creating a battery pack both quickly and easily by using heat shrink tubing. His method of wrapping the wires around the thier insulation is important. I’ve tried compression …

ArcAttack Helps You Add Music To Your Projects With StringTheory

There have been so many times that people have told me that they would like to play with projects that make music, but they have no knowledge of music. Maybe they know robotics, and want to build a robotic guitarist, but they just don’t know what to do with the guitar itself to make things sound …

Guitar

Raspberry Pi and Arduino: What's the Difference and Which Is Best for Your Project?

Do you need to choose between the Raspberry Pi and Arduino? Then join us as we take a quick tour of these highly popular boards and discuss their …

How to use stepper motors from old printers

I have been using stepper motors for a while now, and they are fantastic for all sorts of robotic projects.<p>Today I will share the things I have …

An Introduction to Solid State Relays

When we think of relays, we tend to think of those big mechanical things that make a satisfying ‘click’ when activated. As nice as they are for …

Arduino

Simple IoT Remote Switch With MQTT and ESP8266

Many years back when I was still quite heavily involved in the day-to-day company IT matters, we need to subscribe to a service called "Smart Finger" …

Microcontroller

African grain silos repurposed into art museum

Cape Town's Zeith Museum of Contemporary Art Africa was built from an old grain silo complex.<p>Dubbed "Africa’s Tate Modern," the complex has 100 …

Cape Town

A Gigantic Buddha Statue Emerges from the Top of a Hill in Japan | Colossal

<p>Normally a cemetery wouldn’t be on our list of recommended sites to see, but the Makomanai Cemetery is one of the most awe-inspiring places we’ve …

Hofesh Shechter Company - Grand Finale "explosive and mind-blowing choreography" | Beautiful Ballet Dance Magazine - Interviews, Podcasts, Reviews

After sensational works like <i>Political Mother</i> and <i>barbarians</i>, Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Hofesh Shechter returns with a new explosive and …

Make Your Own POV LED Globe

In this project I will show you how I combined a couple steel pieces with an Arduino, an APA102 LED Strip and a Hall effect sensor in order to create …

DIY

Easily Power Your 5.0V or 3.3V Project with this Dual Regulated Power Supply

It may not be the most glamorous or exciting part of an electronics project, but your device will need some sort of a power supply. In fact, there’s …

DIY "Rings of Saturn" LED Pendant Light with Music Visualization Mode

This project involves animated lights, so is best viewed in video.<p>I made this LED pendant light from plywood, LED strips, and flexible LED channel. …

Arduino

Tiny New Breakout Board Offers A Wealth Of Sensors, Proximity, Light, RGB, And Gesture

As well as announcing their new IO Plus Internet Of Things feed subscription package, Adafruit has also announced the availability of the new …

Arduino

String Up a Simple, Chaotic Double Pendulum Cat Toy

Dragging a toy on a piece of string is a time-honored way to entertain a cat.The problem is, it may be less fun for you than it is for the cat.<p>Can the process be automated? After rigorous, exhaustive testing, I have determined that a compound pendulum is the simplest way to do it. Compound-pendulum …

DIY

Creating an Image of Mars with Sheets of Rusted Metal

You may know that Mars is known as the red planet, but did you know that Mars is red because it’s covered in rust? Part-time screen printer Barry Abrams decided to take this fact and run with it. He created a print of Mars that is made out of selectively rusted sheet metal and black ink (to show …

Build a Swinging Art Table for Uniquely Hypnotic Drawings

Harmonographs are mechanical devices that draw pictures by swinging pendulums, believed to be invented in 1844 by Scottish mathematician Hugh Blackburn. In my 3-pendulum rotary harmonograph, two lateral pendulums swing back and forth at right angles to each other (one side to side, another front to …

Robot sculptors are hijacking galleries all around the world

Two weeks ago, in an industrial shed in the northern suburbs of Brisbane, a team of engineers installed a large, orange robot arm. It was a standard industrial robot arm, but it was not going to be used for standard purposes. The robot’s job would be to carve moulds for the casting of large-scale, …

Cobble Together a Low-Tech Music Box

Music boxes are known for their tinkly sound. But wind-up music boxes are also finely tuned machines. Turn the key to tighten a spring, open the lid to release the catch that lets the spring unwind, and gears and flywheels start to move the mechanism at just the right speed.<p>The music is produced by …

DIY

Making VR Accessible for People with Physical Disabilities

Virtual Reality seems to be pursuing two diametrically opposed goals at the same time. To make the physical interface match our real life as much as possible, and to make the virtual presentation take us away from real life. Think about it a bit. The end goal of virtual reality hardware is simply …

Virtual Reality

A Large Suspended Tree Trunk Carved Down to a Frayed Rope by Maskull Lasserre | Colossal

<p>If you had to summarize an all-encompassing theme to describe Maskull Lasserre’s artistic practice, the word would probably be <i>tension</i>. From the …

Art

Spanning Time: A Time Lapse Film of Buffalo by Jerry Anthony

Check out this amazing time lapse video by Jerry Anthony.<p>Jerry said that he’s shot one or two time-lapse videos per week for approximately three …

L is for LED, A Circuit Playground Video Explaining How a Light-Emitting Diode Works

A group of helpful components explain to Adabot how a LED (light-emitting diode) works in the latest episode of <i>Circuit Playground</i> by Adafruit.<p>In …

Cosmology

An Introduction to Motion Sensors: PIR, Tilt, Force, and More

Learn about various movement-type sensors including accelerometers, tilt sensors, vibration sensors, PIR (passive infrared) sensors, and rotation …

Arduino

Silo City Alive: An Afternoon of Music & Art

You just can’t beat “$7 for 7 bands”. That’s right. On Sunday, July 2, seven bands dedicated to the roots of Americana music will take the stage from …

Circuito.io Helps Beginners Assemble Electronic Projects

For many people, there is a vast gap between having an idea and knowing what electronic components are necessary to construct that idea. With the ubiquity of components and modules available, you can come up with a concept and understand that you can get the parts, but making them all talk to each …

Arduino

Tesla’s new solar roof will cost less and keep your house off the Grid all day.

We all know that nature is a powerful force. I was reminded just how powerful after last week’s wind storm, when the next day I found shingles from …

Marvelous Mechanisms with Ben Light

On Instagram, <i>Make:</i> friend and contributor, Ben Light, has been posting a series of short videos showing his experiments with different types of clever and unusual mechanisms — hinges, pistons, springs, actuators, hydraulics, etc. Looking at such designs, thinking about them, and definitely in …

Marvelous DIY Paper Beetle Sculpture Kits

Assembli, a Dutch brand made up of designer Joop Bource and the Lankhorst print company, created a series of fascinating DIY paper beetle sculpture …

Crafting

Understanding Battery Basics

It’s always great to find a new episode of Collin’s Lab in my <i>YouTube</i> queue. In this episode of the series from Adafruit, Collin offers a brief, but informative introduction to battery tech. In under eight minutes, he manages to cover the various battery form factors (e.g. did you know the common 9v …

Garden: 12 garden fences your neighbors will definitely want to copy!

If you're lucky enough to have a backyard, then I'm sure you love to sit out back and enjoy the outdoors. However, it can be difficult to do that and …