In response to my Introduction to MAKE post for the CNN segment that broadcast today, Johnny Carlos, a new “convert” to making, shared this video celebrating his recent purchase of a Maker Shed Getting Started with Arduino kit. Within minutes he’d built and programmed a simple robot, and cleverly, used the kit box as the body for his bot. I love when he says:
Great work, Johnny, and welcome to the party! Please share your future builds with us.
And all of you reading this, don’t forget to share your projects with us, too. You can post to our Flickr pool, Facebook page, Twitter account, or use our submission form. We want to see what you’re working on!
If you’re coming to our site after having seen MAKE’s founder Dale Dougherty on CNN’s The Next List, welcome! We thought we’d take this opportunity to introduce you (and others who might be new to MAKE) to some of what we do here and why. We’ve got a lot of different things going on and are tremendously excited by the work we do and the global community of do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiasts with whom we collaborate.
MAKE is a division of O’Reilly Media, the highly regarded technology publisher. Under the MAKE banner, we produce the quarterly MAKE magazine, run a number of websites (Makezine, Make: Projects, CRAFT, Make: Kit Reviews), have one of the more popular channels on YouTube, produce annual DIY festivals called Maker Faire, and run an etail business called Maker Shed.
MAKE magazine is how we got started in all of this. It’s a quarterly technology projects magazine and a house organ for the maker/do-it-yourself movement. Projects in the magazine range from old-school balsa wood and tissue-paper airplanes to what to do to keep aging high-tech gadgets alive to building autonomous robots from junk. Our current issue, Volume 29, is entitled “DIY Superhuman,” and … You can subscribe here and find back issues here.
Makezine.com is the award-winning website that you’re reading right now. It’s one of the most popular online watering holes for makers, crafters, inventors, tinkerers, and amateur tech and science nerds of all stripes. People come here for breaking DIY news and information, original content on building, repairing, and modifying their technology, and for step-by-step project articles on a broad range of topics. We also have several popular video series that run regularly on this site which showcase cool projects, kit builds, and explain (in plain English) how various technologies work. Here’s a recent one of our videos, with one of our amazing kid-makers, Super Awesome Sylvia, showing how to make “squishy circuits:”
We hope you enjoyed our little tour and will join us in our quest to put the joy of making back into our hectic modern lives. We hope you’ll join in the fun. And if you want to get a truly thrilling and eye-opening experience of the length and breadth of the DIY movement, come to a Maker Faire! We can assure you it’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced and that you will come away truly inspired.
If you have questions about MAKE, or any of our projects, please feel free to ask in the comments below, or email us.
Jason Hotchkiss made this amazingly geeky timepiece using persistence of vision and an old hard drive. All the code and schematics are available on Github and he’s diligently documented the process of making it on his blog, Stuff and Nonsense. If you like POV clocks as much as I do, be sure to check out the list below for a few of the others we’ve posted about. [via Nerdstink]
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