Want to make a gift to eternity? Nothing says forever quite like a handmade stone bowl. Maker extraordinaire Tim Anderson writes our Heirloom Technology column each issue of MAKE, and for Volume 24, he shared his technique for carving a stone bowl. Head over to Make: Projects for the full tutorial. As Anderson notes, “Fortunately, tools with diamond-studded cutters have become cheap and abundant. They make stone carving amazingly fast and easy. The same techniques seen here can of course be used to make any sort of stone objects you desire. My bowl is heavy and shallow because I plan to use it for a mortar to make nut butter. And I want it to last forever.” What kind of bowl will you make?
Alan Rorie of San Francisco, CA, wrote in to share his Voronoi Bookshelf Generator software that helps you design your Voronoi-pattern bookshelf on-screen, then output files for laser cutting or CNCing. (See more MAKE posts about Alan.)
Josh Guyot and JoeBen Bevirt, creators of the Gorrilapod flexible tripod, went to Kickstarter to fund their latest invention, called Galileo, an “iOS-controlled robotic iPhone platform with infinite spherical rotation capability.” It looks beautiful, and the Kickstarter price of $85 seems reasonable. I’m looking forward to seeing how makers incorporate the device into their own creations.
This self-balancing robot was designed and built by Kerry Wong and uses just a few ICs and some basic electronic components to get the job done. This project is definitely more up your alley if you’re interested in using discrete components rather than a microcontroller designed for prototyping, but the cost in doing it this way makes it attractive.
From Kerry’s site:
[via Hacked Gadgets]
Manchester-based design and advertising firm LOVE Labs created a real-time collaborative digital drawing game, called Doodlr.
They tested Doodlr out using the shop window of MadLab, a maker space in the Northern Quarter of Manchester. Participants connected through a smartphone browser via URL or QR code. Then they had 12 seconds to draw whatever prompt was on-screen: “heart,” “ghetto,” “mullet,” etc. As they drew, the drawing instantly showed up in the shop window, with a maximum of 6 artists drawing in the same drawing space at a time (each person was assigned a different “ink” color). Once the 12 seconds had elapsed, the drawing was saved and posted to a Flickr gallery.
“The thing that’s really exciting about this is the fact that it’s so instant. We’re not asking anyone to download an app, or even log in in to a specific Wifi network – Doodlr works in the browser, and over 3G,” says Graeme Rutherford, creative digital strategist at LOVE.
Tacocopter has been trending for awhile, now, but I wanted to hold off on covering it until the hype wore off a bit and a more sober analysis appeared. And now it has, thanks to Huffington Post reporter Jason Gilbert, who got an interview with MIT Personal Robots Group alum Star Simpson, one of three brains behind behind the project, and heard it straight from the horse’s mouth: For now, at least, Tacocopter is more stunt than startup.
The “Lobstercopter” graphic (“Taco Of The East!”) at the bottom right corner of the Tacocopter page is another strong clue, IMHO. [Thanks, Rachel!]
The other day someone asked me how they could integrate audio their Arduino project. The answer was easy, I just told them to use the Wave Shield Kit that we sell in the Maker Shed! This shield is one of my favorites; It allows you to play back audio files stored on an SD card. Just build the kit, load up a card with .wav files, add a speaker, and use the wavehc library to trigger playback in your Arduino sketch. The possibilities are limitless! Here’s a quick demo:
I think I’m going to build a door bell using random animal sounds like that. It will drive my labradoodle wild!
Welsh sculptor Jessica Lloyd-Jones created a series of four gas discharge tubes in the shape of human organs. Besides Electric Lungs, shown above, it includes Optic Nerve, Brain Wave, and Heart. The sculptures were executed at renowned New York glass studio Urban Glass, in collaboration with specialists there. [via adafruit]
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