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The man who can send you to Mars

Think you’ve got the right stuff to make it to Mars? Richard Hollingham talks to the man selecting astronauts for a privately funded mission to the Red Planet.<p>This is the pitch: a perilous one-way journey to a dead, distant world, leaving your family behind for the rest of your life, before dying …

Convert optical mouse into Arduino web cam

Franci has written this tutorial describing the process used to convert a mouse into an Arduino web cam. In addition to the Arduino, all you need are …

MakiBox – What happens when you offer a $200 3D Printer - Hacked Gadgets – DIY Tech Blog

We featured the MakiBox here before, taking about their inexpensive 3D printer (still the cheapest as far as I know). They have two models, one that …

Let’s Build Some Hardware!

We’re pretty sure that most of you already know that a few months ago Hackaday was bought by SupplyFrame, who therefore became our new evil …

Radius of an Arc or Arch

Radius of an arc or segment<p>Definition: The radius of an arc or segment is the radius of the circle of which it is a part.<br>A formula is provided below …

Citizen Exploration: An Amateur Revolution

The amateur has a bit of an identity crisis. Not any specific amateur, more the idea. Just look at the Merriam-Webster definition:<p>am·a·teur noun ˈa-mə-(ˌ)tər, -ˌtu̇r, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌchu̇r, -chər<p>: a person who does something (such as a sport or hobby) for pleasure and not as a job<p>: a person who does …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Listening to BBC Radio 4 With Your Raspberry Pi

The front of the radio.<p>The insides of the radio with the Raspberry Pi.<p>The back of the radio, that’s the Ethernet cable to the right.<p>Earlier in the year Andrew Back picked up a vintage 1950’s extension speaker from a flea market. He thought it was ideal to convert into a Raspberry Pi radio, one that …

Holiday Gift Guide 2013: The Kano Christmas Special

Remember the Kano Kit we featured last week? Can’t wait till next year to get your hands on it, or you want something for a Raspberry Pi lover’s Christmas stocking? Well this week only, they’re having a Christmas special.<p>If you already own a Raspberry Pi, and you want to take an early look at their …

Build your own Arduino-Controlled Robot!

Learn how to build an Arduino-controlled robot from parts found in the Maker Shed!<p>Robotics can be a difficult hobby to jump into, but the Arduino and the 4WD Robot Platform make it easy for you to build an awesome robot without a struggle! By utilizing components found in the Maker Shed, this guide …

Arduino

Raygun Vector Weapon

The Vector Weapon is a small, lo-fi, electronic noisemaker circuit that makes raygun-style sounds, from classic <i>pew! pew!</i> noises to evolving death-ray-type tones. It uses common parts and tools, is easy to build, and has plenty of modding potential. It has a built-in amp chip and speaker so there’s …

How to Get the Best Deals During This Week's Steam Sale

Steam’s annual winter Sale is on now, but before you go and empty your wallet, here are some helpful tips to make sure you get the most for your …

Personal Finance

Build a Simple Solar Air Heater - Renewable Energy

After walking into my workshop one December morning and feeling a bone-chilling 10 degrees, I decided to install a heating system. Given the rising …

Makers Making #WeekendProjects

It dawned on us recently that we now have 52 beginner-friendly projects to choose from in our Weekend Projects series. That’s a project-a-weekend!<p>From battery-less radios to experimental 555 motor circuits, we can say with confidence we likely have something for everyone. We have projects for both …

Replicating Ancient African Hominoid Fossils

The African Fossils virtual laboratory website is a digital archeology project that seeks to increase public knowledge about prehistory by harnessing Autodesk 3D scanning technology. Recently, they wrote MAKE to tell us about their updated, newly re-launched website featuring stunning Sketchfab …

Your Shop Needs This Immaculate Tool Infographic

The latest print from Pop Chart Lab maps out every hand tool a DIYer could dream of.<p>Your dad owns every tool under the sun. But does he own a beautifully illustrated family tree of every tool under the sun?<p>PopChartLab, makers of completist prints and apparel that map out the connectedness of coffee …

Gift Guides

Moss Robot Construction Kit

A far cry from Stretch Armstrong, Moss is a new dynamic robot construction kit that allows kids to build their own controllable toys. After over two years of prototyping, Colorado's Modular Robotics developed the module-based system to be as approachable as possible, requiring zero wire …

Lamp Hack: How to Make Any Lamp Cordless

There’s a common problem in interior design that no one talks about. It’s all very hush-hush, you see. It’s the problem of the <i>lamp cord</i>. (Yeah, I …

Make Two-Ingredient Banana Pancakes for a Fun and Easy Breakfast

While pancakes may not be the most healthy breakfast option, you can improve their contents with a small alteration. On top of that, it only takes …

Breakfast

Beetle SKU:DFR0282 - DFRobot Electronic Product Wiki and Tutorial: Arduino and Robot Wiki

Introduction<p>The “Beetle” is a minimalized version of <b>Arduino Leonardo</b>, and has same powerful functionalities as Leonardo. It is ideal for DIY <b>arduino</b> …

Arduino

The Kano Kit—Building a Raspberry Pi Computer

The Raspberry Pi has found a place in the maker community, but the original idea behind the Pi was to build a tiny and cheap computer for kids, and to reinvent computing education in schools. The Raspberry Pi Foundation has made a lot of progress toward that goal—assisted by companies like …

Warehouse 13 Mini Farnsworth Communicator

If you are a fan of Warehouse 13, you are familiar with the Farnsworth device that the characters use to communicate. It is named after real-life inventor of the first fully electronic television, Philo Farnsworth. There are many examples of replicas for the Farnsworth by movie FX hobbyists that …

Raspberry Pi Smart TV

[Tony] decided his “smart” LED TV wasn’t quite smart enough. So he stuffed a Raspberry Pi in it.<p>Upon opening the case of his 40″ Hisense Smart LED …

New ‘liquid metal’ will let you print circuits on paper, T-shirts, or even leaves

Three Chinese scientists say they’ve found a way to create a metal that’s liquid at room temperatures, can be printed as if it was ink in ordinary, everyday desktop printers, and will adhere to surfaces as diverse and supple as rubber, paper, cotton T-shirts, or a leaf off an oak tree.<p>Need an RFID …

Battery Backup for RasPi Keeps Your Data Safe

We’ve all raised a clench fist in anger over lost data, and it’s usually the result of unjustified optimism and lack of planning. [George] shared his …

Skywatchers Enjoy Comet Bonanza

Changing Planet<p><b>Backyard astronomers in the Northern Hemisphere get an eyeful this week, when four comets will be visible with binoculars or small telescopes in the early morning sky.</b><p>First up, the most famous of the bunch is Comet ISON, which is currently speeding towards its close encounter with …

Exploring Physiological Sensors with Bitalino

Bitalino is a “low-cost toolkit” designed for researchers and students alike to explore the physiological world with various sensors. The board contains multiple sensors that can operate as a single system or snapped off into their individual blocks for applications ranging from electromyography, …

License Plate Guitar

In MAKE Volume 04, Ed Vogel showed us how to make a DIY guitar out of a cigar box and junk from the hardware store, and electrify it with a cheap piezoelectric pickup. In Volume 21, Mark Frauenfelder gussied it up with a traditional high-quality neck, frets, and tuning machines. In this project …

PiLarm: Portable Raspberry Pi Room Alarm

I’m always on the lookout for those teachable moments. Inspiration struck me when my 5-year-old asked for help in keeping his little brother from sneaking into his room. I spotted the perfect time to teach him about inputs, outputs, and programming. Learning is easier when the lesson centers on …

Circuit Pattern Cards Provide a Resource for Tinkerers

Nick Johnson’s circuit pattern cards each feature an important circuit that you’re likely to need if you’re an electronics tinkerer. For example, the voltage doubler circuit on the card above shows you how to use capacitors and an inverter to double the voltage output by the circuit.<p>Nick’s company, …