This was only a start. In 2012, we’ll be continuing to flesh out this series and will be approaching it from the viewpoint of the materials used in these various skills (wood, glass, new conductives).
Here are some of the best pieces from 2011:
Caffenol Homebrew Film Developer from Photo and Video month
Understanding Components from Electronics month (January)
During the course of Weekend Projects there were several projects that I was personally excited about, to both tinker with and write about. But there was one obvious crowd favorite among the fifteen beginner projects we built. While there was no competition per se, the Light Theremin was the obvious winner. Even before drafting this article, the theremin had potentiometers and other components modded to the circuit, had been converted into a Snap Circuit, and was enthusiastically breadboarded by a first-time maker. Take a look at the following eight mods of this fantastic project, ranging from a full copper plate mod to a mod using a tiny DC motor in lieu of a speaker – this project is clearly intended for all skill levels and available components.
Perfboard mod with photodiodes by Mike:
Workshop mod by Daniel:
Learning lab mod by Leif:
Portable tin mod by John:
Motor mod by Hikus:
Manhattan mod by Kendrick:
Spare parts mod by John:
There you have it! Now the real question is, how will YOU mod the Light Theremin?
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Make: Live‘s Best of 2011 show looks back at our favorite episodes from the very first season. Go behind the scenes with us for some of our most memorable moments– from goofs and gaffes to last minute surprises and change ups. It’s the best of robots, blinky LEDs, fires & explosions, electronics and giant mobile contraptions. It’s a whole year of making condensed to the action-packed clip above and behind-the-scenes photos below.
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