• #MakeAndTell


    Last week a 14-year-old boy brought a tech project to school setting off a wave of controversy. He is a Maker and he wanted to show his teacher a fun thing he put together. The resulting reaction was typical of today’s Internet praise and outrage cycle. On one side the Maker community has banded together to show the boy that his desire to build was important. On the other side, some… Read More

  • 14-Year-Old Boy Arrested For Bringing Homemade Clock To School

    14-Year-Old Boy Arrested For Bringing Homemade Clock To School

    A 14-year-old boy in Irving, Texas named Ahmed Mohamed was taken into police custody after he brought a homemade clock to school. The boy, who, according to a piece in the Dallas Morning News, “makes his own radios and repairs his own go-kart,” wanted to show his engineering teacher his handiwork. School officials originally thought his clock was a bomb and now are simply calling it… Read More

  • Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing” Crunch Network

    Enabling Makers To Create “The Next Big Thing”

    Makers have long been known as hobbyists or tinkers. However, with increased access to professional-grade tools, the maker movement is transforming business as usual. Through collaboration and connectivity, makers are inspiring innovation on a daily basis with the creation of smart gadgets, machines, robots and wearables. Read More

  • Makers: Pitch At Make It In Brooklyn In June, Gain Fortune And Glory

    Makers: Pitch At Make It In Brooklyn In June, Gain Fortune And Glory

    Everyone knows that Brooklyn is where it’s at (because I happen to live there) but did you know it’s also home to some amazing makers? We want to feature some of these fearless creators at Make It In Brooklyn event on June 25 and we want you to pitch. Five finalists in the Tech and Maker category will be chosen – think of Tech as apps and services and Maker as hardware… Read More

  • TC Makers: We Learn How MarkForged Prints Unbreakable Objects

    We first met the folks at MarkForged at CES where they showed us their printer that could create nearly unbreakable objects. By weaving carbon fiber between layers of plastic, the team made some of the coolest 3D printed objects we’ve ever seen. I went to Boston where we met MarkForged’s founder Greg Mark who walked us through his workshop from start to finish. There we saw… Read More

  • Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?

    Why Don’t Makers Have Higher Social Status?

    Matt Burns wrote about a situation at his son’s school last week that could have happened almost anywhere in the United States. The school had organized a career day, and his son, who is seven years old, told his teachers he wanted to be a video game designer one day. His teacher’s response was not to be enthusiastic, but rather to dismiss the goal, saying that his son should… Read More

  • Fly Into Space Thanks to the Hackaday Prize | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Your World-Changing Project Could Send You To Space

    Usually on TC Makers we visit a team or factory building something incredible. Now, however, we’re showcasing an incredible opportunity for you guys. The venerable Hackaday has announced what they are calling the Hackaday Prize. The goal is to get individuals or teams to work on projects that will change the world and the best one wins amazing trip: a space flight on the carrier of… Read More

  • Dogfish Head Brewery | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: We Sample The Goods At The Dogfish Head Brewery

    Beer is my favorite food. That means I was especially excited to be able to visit the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, DE, a palace dedicated to the production of some of the nicest beers around. Sam Calagione, founder of the company, wanted to make weird beers at his restaurant on the beach. As he got better – and bolder – he began experimenting with all sorts of amazing… Read More

  • Quantum of the Seas | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Inside The IT Room Of A High-Tech Cruise Ship

    In order to prevent electrical fires, cables on a ship can’t be spliced. This means that a cable that starts at one end of the massive Quantum Of The Seas, Royal Caribbean’s latest pleasure ship, has to be over 1,139 feet long to reach the other end. That’s a lot of cable and it’s a lot of cable management. Welcome to the world of on-ship IT, a discipline with its… Read More

  • Bonobos | TechCrunch Makers

    TechCrunch Makers: Bonobos Headquarters Ramps Up For The Holidays

    When I first approached Bonobos for an episode of TC Makers I was convinced I’d be able to visit a huge warehouse at the edge of town where a gaggle of monkeys was sewing together travel jeans and hipster flannel. Instead, I was invited into a relatively small New York office where designers, web folks, and customer service representatives were working on selling clothing on the… Read More

  • Designer Builds A 3D-Printable “Imura Revolver” In Honor Of Arrested Japanese Maker

    Designer Builds A 3D-Printable “Imura Revolver” In Honor Of Arrested Japanese Maker

    When Japanese police arrested Yoshitomo Imura for printing his own revolvers, 3D printing advocates in some circles were up in arms. The guns, which only fired blanks, were simple test models called the Zig-Zag. Now, in honor of Imura’s work in 3D printing, a CAD designer has created a newer, better gun that could be used to fire real bullets. The designer, who calls himself WarFairy… Read More

  • TechShop | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: TechShop, The SF Workshop Where Hardware Is Born

    I get to meet some amazing people during our TC Makers shoots and TechShop CEO Mark Hatch is no exception. A former Green Beret, Hatch is the kind of guy who can build a PCB in the morning and run a million-dollar network of amazing technology workshops in the afternoon. TechShop, which began in Menlo Park and expanded across the country, is a membership-based workshop where anyone can learn to… Read More

  • Formlabs 3D Printing Workshop | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Making The Future With The Team At Formlabs

    A few weeks ago I visited the headquarters of Formlabs in Somerville, Mass. where I had the pleasure of meeting the entire team in their small – but growing – workshop. There I saw a repair bay, research room, and even a molecular lab where materials scientists are hard at work making new solutions for the company’s unique SLA printer. When I first met the guys from… Read More

  • Tindie, The Gadgets Marketplace For Makers, Ramps Up

    Tindie, The Gadgets Marketplace For Makers, Ramps Up

    I met Emile Petrone, the raffish owner of gadget marketplace Tindie, a few weeks ago and he told me that I would like his site. It turns out I really do. Part maker community and part amazing e-shop, Tindie is where good handcrafted gadgets go to become businesses. It’s basically a cool place to find electronics projects for you and yours including sections for kids, musicians, and even… Read More

  • Grado Labs | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: A Walk Through The Amazing Townhouse That Grado Labs Calls Home

    Grado Labs appears to be a much bigger company than it is. Founded 60 years ago by Joseph Grado, the company made millions of phonograph cartridges in its long history and, during the rise of portable music, hit pay dirt by making some of the best-sounding headphones in the business. Where is this company located? In some massive office park in the depths of New Jersey? In a manufacturing town… Read More

  • Georgia Tech's Invention Studio | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Check Out The Georgia Tech Invention Studio Where Students Build The Future

    When you give Dr. Craig Forest an inch, he takes a mile. The mild-mannered Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Georgia Tech helped set up the Invention Studio on the first floor of a nondescript engineering building at the heart of the university’s verdant campus. Founded in 2009, the 3,000 square-foot space grew and grew, eventually taking over the entire lobby and multiple workshops. Read More

  • American Giant | TechCrunch Makers

    TC Makers: Inside The American Giant Factory Where They Make The Greatest Hoodie Ever

    When someone tells you they make the greatest hoodie ever, what do you do? You visit their factory outside of San Francisco and see just what all the fuss is about. Welcome to another edition of TechCrunch Makers where we meet Bayard Winthrop founder of American Giant, an SF-based clothing brand that manufacturers all of its clothing in the US. Read More

  • TC Makers: A Walk Through The Pinball Hall Of Fame

    TC Makers: A Walk Through The Pinball Hall Of Fame

    Before Pac-Man, before Pong, before Space Invaders there was pinball. And it was good. While we were in Las Vegas this week for CES 2014 we had the distinct pleasure of stopping by the Pinball Hall of Fame, an amazing space dedicated to all things electromechanical. I spoke with Tim Arnold, Director of Things And Stuff (or, alternately, Stuff And Things) who has made it his life’s mission… Read More

  • TC Makers: An Evening With iRobot

    TC Makers: An Evening With iRobot

    Deep in the wilds outside of Boston a team of mad scientists created the ultimate in robotic life: the iRobot Roomba, the ubiquitous, world-famous automatic vacuum that, for many of us, is our first brush with autonomous robotics. The Roomba’s brains came from a military minesweeper, its parts came from kids’ toys, and its mission – to clean up after us puny humans –… Read More

  • LittleBits Connects With $11.1M To Transform Its Electronics Kit Business Into A Hardware Platform

    LittleBits Connects With $11.1M To Transform Its Electronics Kit Business Into A Hardware Platform

    Big things are coming for littleBits — the New York-based startup that makes lego-style electronics kits. The company, originally conceived by founder Ayah Bdeir in the MIT Media Lab (and backed in part by its head, Joi Ito), has already picked up traction for its first product: kits for children and hobbyists to create fun objects at home (see more in the video below). Today, it is… Read More

  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. ...