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ITP summer camp in NYC this June

ITP Camp

ITP, a graduate program located in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, explores “the imaginative use of communications technologies — how they might augment, improve, and bring delight and art into people’s lives.” ITP is running its second summer camp, a blending of an unconference and artist residency:

Conferences like TED leave people energized, full of ideas and new directions. And then they go home. At ITP Summer Camp, you get the same kind of inspiration, but then have the time to try out some of your ideas, make progress, be part of the creative community and leave with something tangible.

Make some progress this summer. Come to ITP and learn to use the latest tools. For 30 years ITP has been a hub of experimentation in art, media and technology. Once again this June we are inviting non-students, working professionals, to come to ITP on weekends and evenings to make stuff, hear speakers on the cutting edge, collaborate with people from diverse disciplines.

ITP was founded and is grounded in the belief that making is fundamental to thinking. Like any summer camp, the atmosphere is playful, cooperative and collaborative but there’s a serious purpose. We’re looking for people who are seriously motivated… to save the world, their industry, their career or just their sanity by being creative; who are dying to make something or just make sense out of what they are doing.

ITP Camp 2011: For Grown Ups. Use code 700 for a 10% discount.

 

Introducing the MAKE Magazine Industry Maker Awards

For a long time now, MAKE has wanted to find some way to publicly acknowledge companies that have responded in a positive way to the growing influence of maker/hacker culture. In 2006, we published The Maker’s Bill of Rights, and since then we have often been involved in exposing and lampooning particularly egregious affronts to the principles of open access to technology that it embodies.

But we would really prefer to be using a carrot, than a stick, and this year we are very pleased to announce the first ever MAKE Magazine Industry Maker Awards, aka “The Makeys.” Over the months leading up to World Maker Faire 2011, four companies will be nominated for awards in each of four categories—Most Repair Friendly, Most Hackable Gadget, Best Product Documentation, and Best Education/Outreach Program—with the winner in each to be determined by open polling of the MAKE readership. Winners will be announced at World Maker Faire 2011, and the awards themselves will be designed by an open contest in collaboration with and MakerBot Industries.

If you have suggestions for nominee companies in any of these categories, please feel free to leave us a comment, below, or e-mail us directly, and tell us why!

 


DON’T MISS IT! Make: Live Episode 09: Maker Faire Bay Area


Make: Live is broadcasting shortly! Don’t miss our Maker Faire episode where guests Super Awesome Sylvia, Jimmie Rogers, and Russell the electric giraffe join us live from the Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 preparty. We’ll be right next to the Colossus sculpture, where makers eat and drink to celebrate the weekend’s upcoming events.

Make: Live 09 – Maker Faire Bay Area
Special date: Friday May 20th, 9pm ET/6pm PT
Watch at makezine.com/live 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.

 

News From The Future – Fingerprints Scanned From Two Meters Away

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News From The Future – Fingerprints Scanned From Two Meters Away

Over the years, fingerprinting has evolved from an inky mess to pressing fingers on sensor screens to even a few touch-free systems that work at a short distance. Now a company has developed a prototype of a device that can scan fingerprints from up to two meters away, an approach that could prove especially useful at security checkpoints in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

The device, called AIRprint, is being developed by Advanced Optical Systems (AOS). It detects fingerprints by shining polarized light onto a person’s hand and analyzing the reflection using two cameras configured to detect different polarizations.

Joel Burcham, director for projects at the Huntsville, Alabama-based company, says AIRprint could help make authorization more efficient in lots of settings. Instead of punching a keypad code or pressing fingers to a scanner, individuals could simply hold up a hand and walk toward a security door while the device checks their identity. “We’re looking at places where the standard methods are a hassle,” says Burcham. For instance, AIRprint could be linked to a timecard system, he says, to help avoid a logjam at manufacturing plants at the start or end of the workday.

They’re also working on an “autonomous sling-load cargo pick-up and delivery system using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).”

 

Time-Lapse Colossus Assembly

Over two days, the massive Colossus sculpture was erected on the midway at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011. It reaches an impressive 70 feet into the sky and features three hanging boulders that rotate around the central support.
We filmed this time-lapse to show you the impressive feats required to put together an installation of this scale.

You can see Colossus at Maker Faire Bay Area, May 21 & 22.

Subscribe to the MAKE Podcast in iTunes, download the m4v video directly, or watch it on YouTube and Vimeo.

 

Maker Faire Gets Rolling

Things are starting to spin up nicely at the fairgrounds, with Education Day playing host to some 1,000 kids from local area schools this morning. The kids got to preview the show, watch demos and performances and discuss projects with 75 makers. They sure looked (and sounded) like they were having a ball.

Of Maker Faire Education Day, Dale Dougherty writes:

Education day fits with Maker Faire’s vision of creating more makers by introducing people of all ages to the practices and possibilities of making – tools, materials, and techniques that can be applied to any project that you can imagine. Making is learning.

 

Painstakingly Embossed Portraits on Disposable Aluminum Pans

From artist Idan Friedman’s profiles project. “All people featured in the project,” he writes, “are part of my everyday life, ranging from close friends to passers-by.” [via Dude Craft]

 

In the MakerShed: Cooking for Geeks



Are you the innovative type, the cook who marches to a different drummer — used to expressing your creativity instead of just following recipes? Are you interested in the science behind what happens to food while it’s cooking? Then Cooking for Geeks by Jeff Potter is the book for you. Do you want to learn what makes a recipe work so you can improvise and create your own unique dish? Author Jeff Potter has done the cubicle thing, the startup thing, and the entrepreneur thing, and through it all maintained his sanity by cooking for friends. 432 pages. Available in the MakerShed. Hint – Today might be a good day to start following the Maker Shed on Twitter or subscribe to our Deal of the Day RSS feed.

 

Make: Live is Tonight! Episode 09: Maker Faire Bay Area


Make: Live airs tonight! Don’t miss our Maker Faire episode where guests Super Awesome Sylvia, Jimmie Rogers, and Russell the electric giraffe join us live from the Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 preparty. We’ll be right next to the Colossus sculpture, where makers eat and drink to celebrate the weekend’s upcoming events.

Make: Live 09 – Maker Faire Bay Area
Special date: Friday May 20th, 9pm ET/6pm PT
Watch at makezine.com/live 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.

 

RFID Radios in MAKE Volume 26

In MAKE Volume 26, there’s an article about Matt Brown‘s clever laser-cut RFID radios, written by Thomas Wilson.

The idea is to affix an RFID chip inside a laser-cut, flat-pack paper radio, and then pair the radio with a speaker base with an RFID reader. Each radio would be designed by a different musician or artist. When the radio is placed over the speaker, the station shifts to that artist’s pre-selection.

Buy your copy of MAKE Volume 26 in the Maker Shed, or you can get it as a PDF. Sweet!

 


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