Like most people out there, I sometimes have more ideas than time to implement them. So instead of keeping those ideas locked in a notebook somewhere unaccessible and not serving a purpose, I’m going to release them into the world as public domain in the hope that they might inspire, or at a very minimum keep an idea from being patented. You can do whatever you like with these, except for attempting to patent them yourself. It is my sincere hope that by releasing these ideas, more awesomeness and excellence will be brought into being.
Uber-maker Mikey Sklar demonstrates how to charge, test, and recover a sealed 12V lead-acid battery from the dumpster, using his Power In My Pocket open source kit. Filed under: Electronics
Secret Labs has been busy. They updated their flagship Netduino Plus (now the Netduino Plus 2) back in November and they just updated to the Netduino to the Netduino 2! The Netduino 2 features the same Arduino shield pin compatibility, footprint, and .NET Micro Framework programability as the original but adds more speed, code space, and features.
We reviewed Aleph Object's Lulzbot AO-100 in our Ultimate 3D Printing Guide where it scored highly in several categories. The freshly upgraded AO-101 promises to make this capable machine even better! Check out the latest unboxing video for a comprehensive list of the updates and how it compares to the previous model.
Why not add learning a new skill to your repertoire in the New Year? I know you've seen loads of projects that use the Arduino, and with special deals on our Getting Started with Arduino Kit, there's no better time to learn how to use this versatile microcontroller.
Kevin and Peter Gould from Olympia Circuits started selling their own Arduino-compatible LeOlympia development boards at the various Maker Faires. In the course of demoing and talking to people they recognized the need for something even simpler to get people into the world of programming microcontrollers. The result is the [...]
Entrepreneur magazine has named Adafruit‘s founder and lead engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried, as the Entrepreneur of 2012. A tireless proponent of the open source movement, Limor started Adafruit in her dorm room at MIT in 2005. Today, Adafruit is housed in a 12,000-square-foot industrial space in the SoHo neighborhood of New [...]
What has 6 legs, 19 servos, an Arduino for brains, and ultrasonic sensor eyes? It's Hexy the Hexapod robot from Arcbotics, and it's available in the Maker Shed just in time for the Holidays.
The Series 1 from Type A Machines is now available in the Maker Shed! This 3D printer won Best in Class in our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing for good reason. It features a huge 9" x 9" x 9" build area, a competitive price, and now dual extruders for dual color or mixed media printing.
The long awaited Adafruit Flora has arrived in the Maker Shed! This versatile e-textiles platforms make "smart" clothing other stitch-able projects that can interact with their environment.
SquareWare by Ray’s Hobby offers the same general format as a Lilypad or Flora but uses a PIC microcontroller: An open-source microcontroller board designed specially for wearable electronics projects. It’s small (1.6″x1.6″) and square! Has 8 general i/o pins and 4 power sink pins suitable for driving high-current load. Comes [...]
The newest Arduino has just arrived in the Maker Shed. The Arduino Due is the first 32-bit ARM powered Arduino and packs a number of high-level features into a low-cost package.
Do you want to add a simple wireless remote control to your Arduino projects without spending a bundle? The Minty Mote Kit (available in the Maker Shed) can be used for door bells, basic home automation, a simple robot controller and more.
Today marks the debut of the bimonthly "editor's choice" hangout on air, live and online on Google+. This week MAKE editorial director Gareth Branwyn will discuss robots and the Rovera, a new Arduino-powered robot now available in the Maker Shed. As we typically do, we'll announce a special offer during the hangout.
This week on Food Makers, a weekly Google+ hangout on air, I'll be talking to members of Re:Farm the City. Re: Farm is an international collective started by Spain's Hernani Dias. Members develop open source hardware and software for urban farmers.