MAKE Magazine


Kids try their hands at robotics, da Vinci style


Bilde

Kids try their hands at robotics, da Vinci style, thanks Kevin!

The task at hand seemed simple: Take a small rubber band and wrap it around a penny. But the task here was more like minor surgery that was performed Sunday at Liberty Science Center by children and adults eager to try their hands at test driving a da Vinci Surgical System, a.k.a. da Vinci robot. There was even a surgeon on call to answer questions and discuss his own experience , performing the first robotic kidney transplant. The demonstration was all part of a Liberty Science Center educational segment that that partners with New Jersey hospitals including Atlantic Health System and Saint Barnabas Health System to introduce children to medical technology such as robotic surgery.
Read the Full Story » | More on MAKE » | Comments » | Read more articles in News from the Future | Digg this!
  • Email to a friend

How a quartz watch works


This is great explanation of how the piezoelectric effect of quartz is used to keep accurate time. via Reddit

The amazing everyday wristwatch: We never think about it, but only because engineers have made it so reliable and durable that we don't need to. At its heart lies a tiny tuning fork made of the mineral quartz. In this video Bill takes apart a cheap watch and shows extreme close-ups of the actually tunings fork. He explains how the piezoelectric effect of quartz lies at the heart of the watch's operation.
Read the Full Story » | More on MAKE » | Comments » | Read more articles in Education | Digg this!
  • Email to a friend


Sculptures made from phone books

chen_phone_book_scuplture.jpg

Artist Long-Bin Chen carved these intricate sculptures out of phone books. [via Dude Craft]


Have you checked out our Green Projects Contest yet? Some clever, fun projects and ideas have been submitted. Vote for the ones you like. Put up your own projects, grab your "tag," and spread it across the interwebs. Get your social network to vote for your projects. Tag Your Green!

MAKE Green Project Contest


More:

Read the Full Story » | More on MAKE » | Comments » | Read more articles in Arts | Digg this!
  • Email to a friend

Best of Make: Online 2010 -- Most popular projects

MZ_Bestof2010_v1.gif

#10

10.jpeg

Gyrocar by Matthew Gryczan

#9

09.jpeg

Medicine Man Glider by Ryan Grosswiler

#8

08.jpeg

Meat Head by Andy Oakland

Read the Full Story » | More on MAKE » | Comments » | Read more articles in MAKE Projects | Digg this!
  • Email to a friend

Love science? Check out The Citizen Science Quarterly

csq1.jpg

Love the articles in MAKE about cool science projects? Wish there was a mag dedicated to just science, stuff like biology, chemistry, physics, art+design, and math? Well the The Citizen Science Quarterly gang are raising money for their first run of 1000 magazines. Check out their Kickstarter video, you can see founder Jacob Schiach mock up a whole first edition by hand!

The Citizen Science Quarterly

Read the Full Story » | More on MAKE » | Comments » | Read more articles in Chemistry | Digg this!
  • Email to a friend

Cyclon lawn tractor plow

Snow is on the minds (and driveways) for us in the northeast, so Johngineer couldn't help but to cylon-up a lawn tractor snow plow. He writes:

Back in September I attended the Open Hardware Summit — Everybody who attended got a swag-bag of goodies. Included among these was a Larson Scanner by Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories. So, for the past 3 months, I’ve been trying to decide what to attach it to. I thought about using it in a pumpkin, but that’s been done way better than I could ever do it. So I finally decided to stick it on my dad’s lawn tractor — in this case, just in time for a huge 20-inch snowfall.

For now, it’s just stuck in there with gaffer’s tape. I need to wire it up and fasten it permanently to the grille. Shouldn’t be too hard, though. Maybe when it’s warmer.

In the Maker Shed:

Makershedsmall

MKEMS7-4.jpg

Larson Scanner Kit

Read the Full Story » | More on MAKE » | Comments » | Read more articles in DIY Projects | Digg this!
  • Email to a friend

MineCraft timer app for Netduino


This is a great example of how to have fun when learning to program Netduino. Yes, a Netduino is total overkill for this project, but you won't be saying that after you come up from a long day of mining and are attacked by monsters!

Ever since I downloaded the MineCraft Canary for my Android, which lets me know what time of day it is on the surface, I wanted to make an electronic version using LEDs. I am not yet skilled enough to make a version using just electronic components from scratch (you know - the oldfashioned way with soldering and stuff), so I thought "Why not use the netduino?"

In the Maker Shed:
Makershedsmall
MKND01-2.jpg
The Maker Shed has Netduino's back in stock!

Read the Full Story » | More on MAKE » | Comments » | Read more articles in Arduino | Digg this!
  • Email to a friend

3D-printed flute

Cellbots controller app for Android

Looking for a smartphone remote app for your robot project? Look no further than the new Cellbots app for Android. The gang over at Cellbots.com have been busy creating an accessible and full-featured controller app with multiple modes for maximum flexibility. The app works with iRobot Create, LEGO Mindstorms, VEX Pro, and, of course, custom Arduino cellbots.

Take control of your robot using a D-pad, accelerometer, joystick, or voice control with Direct Control mode. Chat with your robot and issue commands over Google Talk from anywhere in the world using Chat mode. Connect to a web server and view streaming video in Google Chrome, issue commands using keyboard shortcuts, type a phrase for the robot to speak, and change the robot's face using Phone to Web mode. And you can do all that and more in a native app with Phone to Phone mode.

The app is currently available for free from the Android Market and source code is available for folks interested in adding more features or other robot platforms.

Read the Full Story » | More on MAKE » | Comments » | Read more articles in Robotics | Digg this!
  • Email to a friend

Laser-cut gingerbread

forsk00001.png
forsk00002.png

Malmö, Sweden hackerspace Forskningsavdelningen ("The Research Department") celebrated the holiday with a little gingerbread, laser etched with some excellent ASCII art... and their founding date in hex, oh yeah!

Read the Full Story » | More on MAKE » | Comments » | Read more articles in Holiday projects | Digg this!
  • Email to a friend

More Recent Articles


Click here to safely unsubscribe now from "MAKE Magazine" or change your subscription, view mailing archives or subscribe

Your requested content delivery powered by FeedBlitz, LLC, 9 Thoreau Way, Sudbury, MA 01776, USA. +1.978.776.9498