Tired of dealing with keys to get into his office, Valentin Heun hacked together this door unlocker with a laser-cutter, Arduino, and some bits n’ bobs from SparkFun. Full design files and parts list can be found on the linked page.
We’ve posted about the mouth-melting miracle of Sriracha sauce here before — many of us at MAKE can’t get enough of it. Here’s an article from Serious Eats that tests several different recipes and compares them to the commercial sauce. In the end, in sounds like you get a sauce that’s not the same as the stuff in the red rooster bottle, but maybe as good (YMMV) and with a fresher taste.
There’s some fun background info in the piece, too. Like the fact that the name, Sriracha, comes from Si Racha, the city in Thailand from which it originates. And the iconic rooster on the bottle is the astrological sign of the company’s founder David Tran and the company name, Huy Fong, was the name of the freighter Tran came to the US on from Vietnam.
For some flaming Sriricha laughs, check out this comic on The Oatmeal. (Caution: Cartoon F-bomb ahead)
At MIT, Jose Gomez-Marquez and his Little Devices Lab hack toys to make inexpensive medical devices and improvisation-friendly kits (MEDIKits) for use in developing countries. In so doing, they A) save people’s lives, and B) challenge the medical devices industry, which typically sells equipment that’s expensive and designed to prevent hacking. Program your agents to snag this Sunday’s The Next List video profile of Jose: How Toys Can Save Lives, broadcasting on CNN at 2pm ET.
The Next List (CNN): How Toys Can Save Lives
Our maker this week is Yury Gitman. Yury’s a toy inventor and product designer who teaches physical computing and toy design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York. In the current issue of MAKE, Volume 29, Yury co-wrote an article about his Pulse Sensor, a wearable heart beat sensor that he created with his colleague Joel Murphy.
Before the interview with Andy, I mention a cool project on our Make: Projects site. It’s a guide on how to harvest and use squid ink, which you can use for cooking or printing. It was written by Instrucatables.com co-founder Christy Canida.
@Lurwah from Hack42 wrote in to share a cool thing happening in the Netherlands this weekend: six Dutch hackerspaces will be holding simultaneous open houses.
Development of this bot is continuing through the help of the US Army’s Rapid Equipping Force (REF). It’s an unassuming little bot that has explosive power — always interesting to see what the folks at Boston Dynamics are up to in robotics.
Don’t want to pay for shipping? Check your local RadioShack for availability!
Did you know that there’s a recipe category on Make: Projects? Next time you’re smoking salmon, brewing kombucha, or making your favorite casserole, consider taking step shots and sharing your process.
Josh Burroughs writes:
Make a handsome Circuit Board Cabinet out of PCBs and some bits of wood.
For those that want to bike when there’s snow on the ground, Chad Schneider shows you how to modify your tires to be more snow-friendly, by adding studs and homemade chains.
Angad Daryani explains how to build a solar boat, based on his experience building one for Indian Institute of Technology’s Techfest, in 2010. At the time, Angad was in 6th grade.
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