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The Beep-It: An Analog Optical Theremin

As we detailed last year, Michael Una makes analog optical theremins. But where before he built them himself, now he’s taken the next step and looked for help in mass producing them.

This past summer I attended the Maker Faire in Detroit and got to talk with Mitch Altman of TV-B-Gone and Trip Glasses fame. He gave me some good advice about manufacturing and later referred me to his overseas manufacturer. That started a long process of prototype creation, materials selection, and pricing…

[Via GetLoFi]

 

Attack of the Cardboard Robo-Nauts!

Dale Dougherty tweeted this pic of a giant cardboard robo-naut bounding around at the Open MAKE/Young Makers Program at the Exploratorium today. This month’s theme was, you guessed it, cardboard. Next month is metal/wire. The Open MAKE event is held the third Saturday of every month. The next one is March 19, 2011, 10am-2pm.

More about next month’s event here.
More about the Young Makers program here.

 


Mechanical Principles ca. 1930

Ten minutes of mechanical goodness! [Via Tinkernology]

 

Fitbit Uses Arduino for Rapid Prototyping

Fitbit Prototyping
While many think of Arduino as strictly for hobbyists, its ease of use makes it a great tool for prototyping products for the mass market. The designers of the Fitbit, a device for tracking your level of activity throughout the day, wrote to the Arduino team to tell them that they’ve been doing just that:

We had a nice note from Shelten Yuen to say “We’ve been using Arduino for rapid prototyping for a few years now. It’s been a great tool for us in trying things out quickly.” It’s always nice to hear how people use Arduino at work as well as in their hobbies.

 

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