The winners of the 2016 Adafruit Dronies have been announced! A couple of my favorites, like Droneboy above, made it to the top, and the entries ranged from funny to dizzying to beautiful. Head over and check out the winners– the videos provide an interesting example set of how drones are being used as a creative filmmaking tool. Thank you to all of the entries. It was an honor to help judge!
- A tour of the MegaProcessor (YouTube)
- Inside the tiny RFID chip that runs San Francisco’s “Bay to Breakers” race
- Inkscape extension: Trace along centerlines
- A 3D-printed light-based zoetrope
- Dinosaur-era feathers, preserved in amber.
- Feynman diagram sculptures by Edward Tufte
- Schematics and manuals for the 1979 Asteroids video game cabinet
- Fliers for a Father’s Day Sale, from Obvious Plant.
- Dashcam footage: Driving Around San Francisco in 1953 (YouTube)
- NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter: Orbit insertion as a dramatic movie trailer.
Ten years ago today, Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories went live. Happy birthday to us!
We started Evil Mad Scientist way back in 2006 as a blog to help us document and organize our various hobby projects. Since then our projects have been featured in print magazines, in books, on television, in newspapers, at the White House, at museums, and on thousands of other blogs. We’ve built many friendships and many wonderful and bizarre machines, resurrected old computers and video games, and spent a lot of time playing with food, from 3D printing to fractal foods and on and on and on and on. We’ve published a book, released software, and published designs for physical things that people can make into their own. And of course, it all stopped being just a hobby about halfway through the decade.
As the years have passed, our projects have gradually gotten bigger— from a project every Wednesday (originally) to fewer but much more complex, multi-year projects. Along with big projects like the book and the 6502, we’re designing and producing families of soldering kits and art robots like the EggBot, WaterColorBot, and the new AxiDraw, which all bring joy to so many people.
What does the next decade have in store for us? Who knows! But we’re certainly looking forward to seeing what wonders it will bring.
To celebrate the anniversary, we are hosting an open house on July 21 at our shop in Sunnyvale, California, from 5-9 PM. Please come join us!
To all of you: Thanks for being such a great community, thanks for reading Evil Mad Scientist, and thanks for your continued support in all of our endeavors.
– Lenore & Windell
- Mars is currently making its closest approach to Earth.
Here are some viewing tips.
- Mining platinum from the roadside (YouTube)
- Crowdfunding a book about The Secret History of Mac Gaming
- How it’s made: “Long Eggs” (YouTube, german language)
- The Cattle Prod Selfie Stick
- Cute japanese bags, modeled on deep sea creatures
- Radio Shack to return once more?
- Converting stepper motors into industrial servo motors
- Camera tests for the Muppet Movie in 1979 (YouTube)
We are once again excited to be helping judge the Hackaday Prize.
Now in its third year, the Hackaday Prize challenges the international community of designers and makers to address issues facing humanity through technology.
This year the prize is divided into five separate 5-week design challenges. The first one, Design Your Concept is ending on April 25th. It will be followed by Anything Goes, Citizen Scientist, Automation, and finally Assistive technologies, which ends on October 3rd.
20 projects will be chosen from each of the 5 rounds, and awarded $1000 per project. At the end of all 5 rounds, 100 projects in total will advance to the finals where 5 top prizes will be awarded: $150k, $25k, $10k, $10k and $5k. In addition the 1st place project will win a residency in the Supplyframe Design lab to develop their project further.
- Stripping a multilayer PCB, one layer at a time.
- DIY Backyard Bowling Alley
- Make a plaster cast from a laser cut mold
- Electronic design for a Business-card sized ECG machine
- Make a Candy Terrarium
- A Plagiarism Scandal Is Unfolding In The Crossword World
- A controversy in 3D scans of an already controversial bust of Nefertiti
- Magnificent marble music machine Wintergatan.
How it works: Part 1, Part 2
- Cover song: Apostle Of Hustle x Zeus – Bizarre Love Triangle
- While we’re at it: Blue Monday, 1930’s style
- A compact new spaceship discovered in Conway’s game of life
- The FSF rates single board computers
- The Practical Limits of Trip Times to the Planets
- Voice recognition + Smith-Corona typewriter + servo motors: A retro-futuristic dictation machine.
- Spinning clay, from the perspective of the pottery wheel
- The fastest manmade object (ignoring our fastest space probes)? Possibly a nuclear-powered manhole cover. (And, quite possibly not.)
- Bunnie Huang is crowdfunding A sourcing guide to electronics in Shenzhen
- Teletubbies in Black and White, Set to Joy Division
- Experimental Dadaist Music
- DIY Automated Optical Inspection for circuit boards
- Web Equation: Sketch an equation, get LaTeX output.
- Visions of the Future, a set of space travel posters from JPL
- John Calhoun has released the source code for his classic Mac games Glider 4/Pro, Pararena II, and Glypha III.
- Is there anything that can set sand on fire? Yes.
- Raccoon vs Cotton Candy (via BoingBoing)
- That’s not a PCB (Designs that try to look like printed circuit boards, yet fail)
- Export 3D object faces from Sketchup to 2D SVG data for laser cutting
- The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene
- A Neptune-sized planet beyond Pluto? (And, why you should be skeptical.)
- A notable post-mortem of the Zano Kickstarter campaign
- SVG Nest: Open source SVG shape nesting
- Inside joke brought brilliantly to a comedy stage (Act 2: starts at 42:25)
- What makes a safe hoverboard?
- 3D printed bronze sculpture of cell division (above)
- Green onions exhibiting phototropism as they grow (facebook video)
- The Gorgeous Sea Urchin Skeleton: An SEM Odyssey
- Visual references in the films of Quentin Tarantino
- Twinkie vs Cat, from the vs webcomic
- Coconut Octopus: More than meets the eye
- Help restore a classic Planetarium projector
- Refurbishing a 42 year old VFD calculator
- Pop Sonnets (also available in book form).
- Highly satisfactory video of a fiberglass braiding machine.
- Adorably Cute Xenomorphs, the book.
- Lego models of Minimoog synths
- Sundial gnomon design with digital readout shadow
- Designing and prototyping a resin-molded wallet
- German school kids sing We are the Robots (youtube)
- Mega-Processor (as opposed to Microprocessor)
- TIFU by using Math.random()
- The Jitterbox (youtube), an example of an auxetic metamaterial: when you pull on it, it expands in all directions.
- The Tamagotchi Singularity. Related: View the Tama-hive
- Ken Shirriff’s great teardown of an Apple laptop charger
- Mechanical Techno Demonstration (youtube)
- MAME for Vectrex, by Trammell Hudson. (Also: Tennis For Two.)