Todd Barricklow’s Figure 8 Racer

Watch this video featuring Todd Barricklow building his pedal-powered hot rod for the impending Death Defying Pedal Car Figure 8 Racing event at Bay Area Maker Faire in May. I especially appreciate his comment on the process of building and making, and the mistakes we make along the way:

Oh I did that wrong… Plus, I like to point out that it’s this whole process that is the fun part. It’s not ‘Oh I did it wrong and I have to do it over again.’ It’s ‘Oh I did it wrong and I get to do it again! I get to put this wheel on again!’

Right on Todd! I can’t wait to see this and other pedal-boxcar contraptions at Maker Faire. Enter your racer here to take part in this competition.

Let’s Ride! Death Defying Pedal Car Racing
Fun Bike Unicorn Club: Todd Barricklow


The Largest Collection of XBee Projects on the Web

When I opened up Digi’s new Tumblr, I was delighted to see a couple of my projects on the front page. The maker of XBee radios is now curating the Largest Collection of XBee Projects on the Web. From Liz Presson:

So many of you are using XBee radios to create amazing things, that we’ve created a place to feature your work. Musical shoes, digital dominoes, interactive sculptures and autonomous penguins await!

Isn’t it wonderful to see a component manufacturer shining the spotlight on makers’ projects?


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