- Matchbox cars: 1965 Factory tour video
- Strain wave gearing (like Harmonic drive) as a Lego ball lift mechanism (Youtube)
- Help crowdfund the Open-V, an open source RISC microcontroller
- Disseminating the New Kilogram: An International ‘Dry Run’
- “How we turned $140k on Kickstarter into $40k in debt. And how we broke even.”
- Cat demonstrates Anamorphic 3D cube optical illusion (YouTube)
- Shape Tiler application in Processing — tile shapes for use with WaterColorBot and other plotters.
AYAB — All Yarns Are Beautiful — is an open source hardware and software project that provides an alternative way to control the widely-loved Brother KH-9xx range of knitting machines using a computer. There are other hacks (such as Img2Track, Knitic and electro-knit) which work with certain machines in certain conditions. The AYAB interface works with all Brother KH-9xx machines except the KH-970.
Historically, these machines were programmed with semi-transparent picture cards which were scanned by the machine line by line. For later machines, you could enter a pattern via lots of tedious button-pressing. Some models had an add-on gadget that connected to your vintage TV.
With the AYAB interface, you can provide an image of up to a 200 pixel (or needle) size from your computer. The control is done by an Arduino-compatible microcontroller board, which replaces the vintage control board. We are excited to be helping to bring new capabilities to these beloved machines.
We love the goal of the Anew Nature furniture makers out of St. Louis.
Anew Nature is a modern furniture producer that offers training, employment, and hope to marginalized men, with criminal backgrounds to help integrate into the work force.
We also think it’s pretty cool that they’re using our Interactive LED Panels in their RISE Sleigh LED Coffee Table (shown in the video above). Check out their campaign to launch their RISE furniture line.
The makers of OSHChip are now producing the IC pins on their own for you to use in projects where square header pins just aren’t a good solution. The larger header pins can damage breadboard sockets, but Flip-Pins are the same size as traditional IC pins.
They come packaged in a carrier strip for ease of soldering into your PCB.
I added a calculation in the interface and this line is approximately 35.881 meters long and it took about 45 minutes to draw.
Thank you, Shy, for sharing this tool! We look forward to seeing what people make with it.
- Spiny backed orb weaver making its web (Video by Rachel Barry Hobson).
- Why Your Next iPhone Won’t be Ceramic.
- A Wirebonding Factory Tour.
- How gas station fuel pump nozzles work (YouTube).
- Finalists of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards.
- Cardboard CNC Mill (YouTube).
- Steve Jobs apparently hated function keys.
- A programmable Stranger Things wall costume.
I was thrilled to see the Touch Creature sculpture above by Talya Stein, especially after having seen an earlier version. She and I talked about the approachability of organic materials like wood. It was wonderful to see kids interacting with it.
I had a great conversation with Blythe Serrano, who I had met at a previous Maker Faire, about the material properties she has learned this year from experimenting with silicone casting. She makes light up pet collars, and generously shares her learning processes.
I loved this spatial magnetic field visualization by Inhye Lee. The three tubes in the center contain individually controllable electromagnets. The compasses spin in their spheres in response to the changing magnetic fields.
There are so many more I had the pleasure of connecting with and catching up with, including Becky Stern, Sophi Kravitz, Star Simpson, and Sally Byers. I love Maker Faire for the opportunity to bask in the glow (LED glow in some cases) of so many incredible women.
- The Art of Making a Nixie Tube (video)
- How The World’s Most Beautiful Typeface Was Nearly Lost Forever
- A photographic tour of a Soviet Typhoon class submarine
- The BBC Creates Step-by-Step Instructions for Knitting the Iconic Dr. Who Scarf
- Sonicare toothbrush teardown by Ken Shirriff (complete with an interesting footnote about Bluetooth)
- Insulin pump teardown (video) by Mike’s Electric Stuff
- Repair and restore video of a 1980’s Armatron toy robot arm
- A series of ‘shopped pictures showing the relative scale of things
- Noodlefeet the robot: Progress on the gripping, tasting, and drooling mechanisms
- TED talk: An athlete uses physics to shatter world records in high jumping
- Ghost Minitaur: A quadruped robot that can leap and open a door