We’re super excited about our new issue, MAKE Volume 28, which just hit newsstands last week. The issue theme is Toys and Games, and naturally, our entire focus was on fun, from the playful 8-bit graphics style of the cover design by eBoy to the 176 pages of projects and profiles that give you permission to play. One of my favorite projects in this issue is by our own John Baichtal in collaboration with Adam Wolf: the Coffee Table MAME Console.
From the intro:
So true! Baichtal and Wolf show you how to make your own stripped down version of an arcade machine, where you use your TV as the monitor and the console connects to your computer via Bluetooth. The enclosure is made of black-painted plywood base, clear acrylic top sheet, giant buttons and joysticks, and red and blue LEDs that flash and dance while you play. We’ve shared the how-to in its entirety with you on Make: Projects so you can get your build on right away, but be sure to pick up the full Volume 28 for a good time guaranteed.
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MAKE Volume 28: Toys and Games!
So I recently stumbled upon the work of Ohio-based maker Keith Corcoran, and I’m in awe. Halloween is over, but I’m wishing I could go back in time and make a trip to Keith’s “Funhouse” to experience the totality of his “haunt.” A cotton candy cauldron, spooky skeleton doling out entry tickets, and a really creepy clown in a rocking chair are just some of the props littering his lawn. This guy shows what is possible by recycling salvaged materials, modding existing products, and having a vision for what the finished installation might look like. Oh and fun – he clearly has lots and lots of fun along the way! Keith’s skills include carpentry, painting, engineering and electrical engineering, and animatronics, among other skills I’m sure. Check out the rest of this post for some wonderful photos of Keith’s building process which I hope inspire your next Halloween haunt!
The centerpiece of Keith’s haunt was his human-gobbling giant clown head and glowing funhouse sign. The clown head is completely hand-painted. The sign measures 18′ wide and 5′ tall, and each letter was handmade from plywood, roofing flashing, and a string of C9 lights mounted inside. All of the sections for the funhouse face were printed on transparency and then overhead projected onto plywood, traced, cut out, painted, and assembled. The result is fantastic:
Using shipping palettes, Keith sketched out and his wife assembled this cotton candy cauldron, complete with a zombified server and child clown begging for more puffed sugar:
Also using shipping palettes, Keith sketched out and fabricated this spooky ticket booth. The skull atop the sign is a nice touch, as is the wainscoting effect from the palette wood:
This is my favorite element, the creepy clown in the rocking chair which operates a Jack-in-the-Box. Keith modified a store bought skull prop for the clown’s head. This included using ping pong balls to produced those pronounced cheek muscles, and using newspaper and paper towels to produce pocky, porous skin texture. The rocking motion of the chair was produced using a hacked 12v wiper motor from a vehicle. This thing is so creepy I’m honestly not sure I would make it past it for just a lollipop!
All photos/images by Keith Corcoran unless otherwise noted.
Inspired to make something for Halloween? Be sure to enter it in our MAKE Halloween contest to win cool prizes. Costumes, decor, food, whatever you create for Halloween, is welcome in the contest. Deadline in Nov. 8th, 11:59pm PST.
Read our full contest page for all the details.
Nice Halloween stunt from hacker Matt Coates, aka mattjackets. Illuminated from within by the classic traveling arc, Matt’s Jack-o’-lantern this year is carved with a high-voltage hazard symbol instead of a face. [via Hack a Day]
Inspired to make something for Halloween? Be sure to enter it in our MAKE Halloween contest to win cool prizes. Costumes, decor, food, whatever you create for Halloween, is welcome in the contest.
Read our full contest page for all the details.
TechShop, the network of membership-supported fab spaces, asks “What do you want to make?” For the last couple of years, the Young Makers program has asked a similar question, adding a couple of letters to it: “What do youth want to make?”
This Sunday afternoon, November 6th, TechShop and the Young Makers program team up to co-host a meet-and-greet at TechShop San Francisco. Young Makers are coming to infiltrate … er … get acquainted with TechShop, recruit TechShop members to become mentors this season, start new clubs to build projects for next spring’s Maker Faire, and generally get to know one another. Autodesk will be there, too, to lead workshops on their new software Sketchbook (on the iPad) and 123D Make (on the PC).
From a pilot club a couple of years ago, the Young Makers program has grown to include dozens of Maker Clubs in the Bay Area and beyond. Kids bring ideas, and the program connects them with adult mentors and shop facilities. The completed projects are exhibited each year at Maker Faire. We’re always looking to better tools and shops — and the insight of helpful mentors — to build our projects, so the Young Makers are keen to come check out what TechShop is all about.
Should you come? Yes! If one of these describe you:
Space is limited. Check out more details, and please do RSVP if you plan on attending (so we can slice enough cheese for the sandwiches — lunch will be provided).
Young Makers was started as a collaboration between Pixar, the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio, and MAKE magazine/Maker Faire with the goal of inspiring and developing the next generation of makers, creators, and innovators. To find out more, visit youngmakers.org.
TechShop is a membership-based workshop that provides members with access to tools and equipment, instruction, and a community of creative and supportive people so they can build the things they have always wanted to make.
Bill Brommer from the Horseless Carriage Club brought his restored Ford Model T delivery car to Maker Faire Bay Area 2011. All of the automobile enthusiasts in his club are dedicated to the restoration of old cars built prior to 1916.
Watch more videos from Maker Faire Bay Area, Detroit and New York.
Liquid Robotics’ Waveglider is an autonomous submersible that explores the ocean using the power of the sun and waves. As Roger Hine explains at Bay Area Maker Faire 2011, the Waveglider can either traverse the waters on its own, converting the up-and-down motion of the waves into forward propulsion, or can be controlled remotely by a user with a GPS satellite link.
Check out more videos from Maker Faire Bay Area 2011.
Fascinating video from Nyle Steiner, who reports on his experiments with simple homemade memristors made from what are, probably, Al-CuxSy-Cu and Al-PbS-Pb junctions. He describes the observations that led him to experiment with these systems and the results of his experiments, and then wraps up by drawing out a simple memristor demonstration circuit and showing its operation on-camera. [Thanks, Laine Walker-Avina!]
Terence on Ikea Hacker used “spare parts” from his Utby table legs to make an uber-industrial tape dispenser and paperclip holder.
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