A Renaissance man if ever there was one, Saul Griffith is a recipient of a MacArthur Foundation grant, and a renowned inventor, entrepreneur, and environmental activist. He has founded several start-ups that explore outside-the-box solutions to environmental problems. Onya Cycles, one of his current ventures, offers a healthy and low-impact solution for short-range commuting and urban transportation. Saul's unique approaches to problem-solving, and his many impressive inventions, have made him extremely influential in the green and maker communities. In early fall 2010, he was a guest on The Colbert Report.
Quick test of the POVARD persistence-of-vision kit from the Maker Shed. makershed.com
An interview with photographer/maker Cris Benton at Maker Faire Bay Area 2010.
Diana Eng scouts out mobile HAMs at Hamvention 2010 in Dayton, Ohio.
Austin band ArcAttack! performs at Maker Faire Bay Area 2010 with their musical tesla coils.
Meredith Scheff shows off her LED compass skirt at Maker Faire Bay Area 2010.
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In this edition of the CRAFT Video, I'll show you how to make a custom fabric bike seat cover. You might make one if your bike seat is in disrepair, needs protection from rain, or, if you're like me, you want to cover up your nice saddle to deter potential thieves from lifting your seat while your bike is locked up outside.
Fingertip input is great for most touchscreen usage like typing, web-browsing - all sorts of virtual button-pushing tasks. But for many people, drawing remains an activity best approached with a pen, pencil, brush, etc.
With a bit of conductive foam and wire, it's surprisingly easy to make your own conductive stylus, suitable for use with iPhone, iPad and similar conductive touchscreen devices - and you'll likely find it a lot more precise compared to regular fingertip input.
Make: magazine's John Park builds an ultrasonic distance sensor using an Arduino, PING sensor, and 7-Segment Shield, all from the Maker Shed. http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/05/ultrasonic_arduino_tape_measure.html
John Park uses the Make: Electronics Components Pack 1 http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MECP1 to build a relay oscillator from the Make: Electronics book.
Automate your world with remote control in Make, Vol. 22. From pet care to power outlets, from toys to telepresence, we'll show you how to add a joystick, push-button, twist-knob, or timer to just about anything. On newsstands now!
Becky shows us how to set up a hydroponic herb garden on her rooftop in Brooklyn.
Make a 3D design on Thingiverse to enter to win a MakerBot CupCake CNC kit! Head to http://makezine.com/go/makerbot for all the details.
While waiting patiently for what is likely the galaxy's slowest turbolift, spacefaring duo Metalmags(Erica Magrey) & The Alien Ambassador(Collin Cunningham) take a casual stroll through the seams of their own chroma-keyed reality - in search of an answer to that age-old question, "Why are we here?"
Learn the basics of wet felting - it's super easy and fun! Fore more fun with felt, check out Brookelynn's book, Feltique.
John Park, host of Make: television, builds the Gakken Karakuri Somersault Doll from the Maker Shed http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKGK26 This is a good thing, since the instructions are in Japanese.