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Pneumatic muscle controller

Ben Krasnow shows a handy demo of how to build an air muscle, which is based on this Instructable. This technique is just crying out to be paired with the HowToons Robot Hands from MAKE Volume 19, also on the HowToons site. [Thanks Dale H!]


Make: Live Episode 04: DIY Musical Instruments (preview video)

Join us Wednesday evening for the third episode of Make: Live, our streaming show and tell! Collin Cunningham is filling in as cohost this week for Matt Richardson.

Make: Live 04 – DIY Musical Instruments
Wednesday March 9th, 9pm ET/6pm PT
Watch at or on UStream
Please join us in the UStream chat or mark tweets with #makelive to interact live with the show.

We also give away a fabulous prize from Digi-Key to one chat member who can solve our photo challenge. We can’t wait to share some of the joy of making with you, live 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, on Make: Live.

Featuring the lovely and talented:

Ranjit Bhatnagar – Instrument-A-Day
Ranjit Bhatnagar devotes the month of February to creating a musical instrument every day, documented on his blog. He joins us in-studio with samples from this year’s instrument-a-day series including the 8-bit violin and mechanical synthesizer.

Pete Edwards – Circuit Bending

MAKE contributer Pete Edwards (of Casper Electronics) joins us via Skype to talk circuit bending and shows us some of his electronic creations.

Subscribe to the MAKE Podcast in iTunes, download the preview video m4v, or watch clips from the show on YouTube.


Transform a Chair into a Dog

Dog Chair
Gulliver modded an Ikea chair into this stool for his dog and it actually looks like a dog. Very cute! [via Ikea Hackers]


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