Art Hack Day begins tonight, so if you’re in NYC and looking for something to do, come out and see a few dozen art-hacker projects that were all made over the last two days by over 50 participants. Following are some sneak peek photos of what to expect, and these don’t include the iOS jump rope software, earthquake jello project, pizza machine, 10-second GIF photobooth, and numerous other projects being assembled as I write this!
I’d like to introduce what I hope will be a recurring feature here on Intern’s Corner: a peek at what we interns have in our cars. To kick things off, let’s have a look at Dan’s Jeep, shall we?
Those four metal boxes are transformers of the type you might find on a neon sign. Each one produces thirty milliamps, although the voltages vary from 1,200 to 12,000 volts. He actually has a fifth one installed in his Tesla coil, back at the lab.
Some of you may have recognized the plumbing in the metal frame as a homemade jet engine, fashioned from an automotive turbocharger. This one uses a massive turbocharger from a tow truck’s Diesel engine, so it should produce plenty of thrust when Dan finishes it. He has yet to add oil, fuel, or an ignition systems. He intends to fuel it with propane.
The most interesting item in the truck is Dan’s handmade Civil War replica mortar. He turned the steel barrel on a lathe, giving it a 63 millimeter bore. He then welded trunnions (the metal pegs used as pivot points) to it. Finally, he built a base out of oak and redwood and coated it with urethane. Along with the mortar, there is a cardboard box (labeled “mortar supplies”) stocked with black powder and wadding, just in case his Jeep breaks down in a zombie-infested area.
Dan has most often fired the mortar blank, producing an impressive shockwave and a sharp thump in the chest. However, it is also quite functional as a weapon of war. He once took it to a clearing and fired rocks with it. Needless to say, those rocks were never seen again.
Max Eliaser is an Engineering Intern at Make: Labs. His hobbies include programming and scuba diving.
Worldwide Cycling Atlas produced this excellent video about Maya Pedal Asociación, a Guatemalan organization which has been repurposing bicycles into machines since 1997. Created because of the expense and scarcity of electricity in the municipality of San Andrés Itzapa, their Bicimáquinas are pedal-powered pumps, blenders, threshing machines, and washing machines. They’re doing great work and if you want to help them out, they accept donations (of money or bicycle parts). For more information, check out their site. [Thanks, Manuela!]
Here are parts two and three of Vi Hart’s brilliant and dizzying exploration of the Fibonacci number, plant growth patterns, and the mathematics behind other cool, spiraly things.
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