• The Story of the Littlest Drill

    The Story of the Littlest Drill

    Not much of a story, really. Once upon a time, a guy thought, “Couldn’t a ‘pager motor’ power a tiny drill?” And it could. The End. Read More

  • Video: Satanic Walkerbot will haunt your dreams

    Video: Satanic Walkerbot will haunt your dreams

    Our buddy Phil Torrone at Make built one of these Walker Bots using a laser cutter and some servos. The sound it makes as it comes at you is truly creepy and you can be assured the robots will use this noise as a method to terrorize the populace as they begin their first assault. They may be small but those feet are very sharp and I blame Phil for encouraging the growth and evolution of these… Read More

  • Transmutant: making stuff every 12 year old boy should love

    Transmutant: making stuff every 12 year old boy should love

    Take one part Junkyard Wars, add a smattering of Pimp My Ride, and toss in some Monty Python, Rube Goldberg, and a little steampunk gothic burlesque and you get Transmutant, "a collective of multi-skilled professional artists, performers, event organisers, sculptors, musicians and technicians who have joined forces to offer your event a whole sphere of services to take it beyond your wildest… Read More

  • DIY cigar box amplifier

    DIY cigar box amplifier

    Not much detail here, but some creative soul squeezed a Fender amp into an old cigar box. Although not entirely practical, it's a fine example of a good way to re-use something you'd otherwise discard. Remember, re-use is better then recycling; and reduction in consumption is better than both. Read More

  • Cute, handmade iOwl cord manager

    Cute, handmade iOwl cord manager

    Finally, a DIY project that seems fairly simple to do: take a piece of wood, cut several holes in it, and make it look like an owl. Then wrap your portable MP3 player earbuds around it. Isn't it cute?! Read More

  • Can't afford a Puma? Try the Legway

    Can't afford a Puma? Try the Legway

    I made my feelings on the Puma known— to both our listeners on the weekly podcast. This alternative to the multi-thousand-dollar fantasy weirdo-cycle relies only on your own two feet. Kind of like walking, which would be cheaper, but less awesome. Read More

  • Video: Presenting the "transistor"

    It's been a few years since we first heard of small devices that can amplify small signals called "tubes." Interestingly, work on these tubes could now cease thanks to something called the "transistor," a miniature version of the tube. This solid-state device accepts a small signal and amplifies it for use in music playback and, potentially, the Internet. This MAKE magazine video describes the… Read More

  • DIY "Bristlebot" hijacked without credit by toymaker

    DIY "Bristlebot" hijacked without credit by toymaker

    Some time ago, a fun little project was put up on MAKE: attach a vibrating motor to the head of a toothbrush, power it, and watch it zoom around. Fun, right? So much fun, in fact, that toy and book makers Klutz (with Scholastic) decided to make their own and market it under the same name, with no credit to its creator. Really, guys? Read More

  • Bike-powered rim shot for your cycling-related puns Check out this preview of the Make: television program coming in January to public television.¬†Paul Da Plumber from¬†Cyclecide has made a bicycle-powered rimshot from recycled materials. Now if only he would make that into an attachment… Read More

  • Awesome: Chemistry set roundup

    Awesome: Chemistry set roundup

    MAKE has added Chemistry to their set of gift guides, and that’s just awesome. I know I had a ton of fun with my chemistry set when I was a kid, mainly checking the toxicity of various things and then trying to make the most poisonous concoction possible. If you’re interested in doing some sweet experiments with your scientifically-minded kid, look no further. You a may also want to… Read More