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these robotic friends teach kids how to code

i recently got the opportunity to play with two of wonder workshop’s newest robots: the dot creativity kit and cue. both the dot and cue are designed to help kids find an interest in pursuing coding. the smaller and simpler to use dot is aimed at children ages six and up, while cue is designed to incorporate a slew of much more complex commands and built for ages eleven and older.wonder workshop has some amazing bots here. i had way more fun messing around with cue, but as it’s aimed at older audiences, that’s hardly a surprise. you can buy dot right now for $49.99, but the full creativity kit is currently only available for preorder at $79.99. the more advanced cue is available for preorder for $199.99. both preorders will officia...




understanding gas pump credit card skimmers

nate at sparkfun recently added a fascinating new piece to their tutorials section. the article offers a fairly deep dive into a teardown of three credit card skimmers (clandestine devices hooked up to gas station pumps by crooks to grab cc info from hapless citizens gassing up). these devices are also found on atms and other credit card-equipped machines.sparkfun has written about skimmers before, including about the time they got a law enforcement subpoena from the state of georgia because sparkfun components were found inside of some of these devices. about the new piece, nate writes: the difference here is that this time the local governmental agency politely asked for help and we’re always down for trying to put a stop to bad actors.w...




these robotic friends teach kids how to code

i recently got the opportunity to play with two of wonder workshops’ robots, their classic dot and upcoming cue. both robots are designed to help kids find an interest in pursuing coding. the smaller and simpler to use dot is aimed at children ages six and up, while cue is designed to incorporate a slew of much more complex commands and built for ages eleven and older.wonder workshop has some amazing bots here. i had way more fun messing around with cue, but as it’s aimed at older audiences, that’s hardly a surprise. dot is currently available for $50, but special variations of the little robot and add-ons are also available if you want to give your dot more to do. the more advanced cue is now available for preorder for $200 and will b...




edible innovations: 6 more food makers coming to maker faire new york

from singapore to the usa and all around europe, edible innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. chiara cecchini of future food institute — an ecosystem with a strong educational core that promotes food innovation as a key tool to tackle the great challenges of the future — introduces you to the faces, stories, and experiences of food makers around the globe. check back on tuesdays and thursdays for new installments.i introduced seven food makers that are attending world maker faire new york, but i thought i’d tell you six more to look out for.lui...




three women making waves on the colorado maker scene

arieann: at kitables we celebrate “the middle,” that place between idea and success where all the struggle, fetal positions, joy, and growth happens. what doesn’t happen in life is someone just sitting on the couch one day and then all of a sudden getting up and starting to take their car apart or building a company. there are tiny confidence-building steps along the way that are necessary, the opportunities for which are ever-dwindling. at kitables, we give people the confidence to build by lowering the barrier to projects by providing diy kits in a variety of fields, everything from electronics, woodworking, and cooking for ages 8-80+.additionally, we produce custom kits directly for businesses seeking unique efforts to reach custome...




edible innovations: 7 food makers coming to maker faire new york

from singapore to the usa and all around europe, edible innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. chiara cecchini of future food institute — an ecosystem with a strong educational core that promotes food innovation as a key tool to tackle the great challenges of the future — introduces you to the faces, stories, and experiences of food makers around the globe. check back on tuesdays and thursdays for new installments.food makers: it is time to go to new york!part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, maker faire is the perf...




maker pro news: maker health at maker faire, pebble founder's comeback, and more

you’re reading our weekly maker pro newsletter, which focuses on the impact of makers in business and technology. our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, and innovators, along with technology and market trends. subscribe today and never miss a post.“if it sells, great. if it doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world.” – pebble founder eric migicovskyjuiced!the much-hyped, much-maligned juicero — which accumulated more than a $100 million in funding from preeminent investors including google ventures (@gvteam) and kleiner perkins (@kpcb) to build a bafflingly complex $699 juicing machine that would process only proprietary, qr-coded bags of fruits and vegetables — announced this week that it...




get a raspberry pi and a trip to vegas with our z-wave smart home maker challenge

make: and sigma designs want to see what the maker community can do with sigma’s open source z-wave technology. to find out, we’ve just launched a new connected-home challenge, asking you makers to design and submit smart-home innovations that can relate to anything from security to assistive technology to energy management. your project doesn’t have to have any commercial application: it just has to make your home more convenient, comfortable, affordable, or fun for you and your family (including pets)!much of your home’s inter-device communication is powered by z-wave technology from sigma designs. the z-wave alliance includes 600 companies, who collectively have produced more than 2,100 commercial products, all interoperable with ...




see a light show at grand central station celebrating women in stem

for over a hundred years, commuters and tourists passing through new york city’s grand central station have walked beneath a starry mural. in just a few days, some new constellations will be added to the mural with projection mapped lights and animation. this art installation is called “unseen stars” and it celebrates women who have made significant contributions to the field of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. their faces and their accomplishments will be projected onto the ceiling from september 19-21, 2017 for hundreds of thousands of people to see, in order to celebrate the role women play in advancing these fields.“unseen stars” was commissioned by ge as part of their ongoing balance the equation initiative t...




making your own solar cells from powdered donuts?

wikihow has a piece on how to make a photovoltaic solar cell from some common household ingredients and a piece of conductive glass (which you can buy online). the main ingredient in the cell is a titanium dioxide (tio2) solution. you make this from the powdered sugar found in white powdered donuts.the process of making the cells is only ten steps and basically involves filtering out the titanium dioxide from the donut powder and preparing a solution from it, coating the conductive glass with the tio2, heating it to fix it to the glass, and soaking the cell in hibiscus herb tea (teas contain organic compounds known as anthocyanins which are good at capturing light in the visible spectrum). with that part of the cell done, you then create a s...




learn the basics of javascript with makecode

without a doubt, one of the most valuable skills in our modern day world is being able to program.we are surrounded by technology; being able to program it bends it to your will. there are countless ways to get started being a programmer but few are as exciting as working with microcontrollers. these tiny computing devices allow you to both interact with a virtual world and reach out into the physical world.figure aread articles from the magazine right here on make:. don’t have a subscription yet? get one today.makecode, a new coding environment from microsoft, isn’t the first block programming language, but it’s the best implemented solution i have seen. these languages don’t rely strictly on the user knowing extensive specific synt...




maker faire milwaukee attempts to set world record for largest gathering of daleks

calling all daleks! the fourth annual maker faire milwaukee needs you! one of the many fun happenings taking place this weekend, september 23–24 at the wisconsin state fair park, is an attempt to break the guinness world record for the largest gathering of daleks. faire organizer pete prodoehl fills us in on the details:we’ve got “real” daleks lined up from dalek asylum milwaukee (a group that works within the milwaukee makerspace) and we’ve got daleks coming in from around the midwest to join us. since we may still come up a little short, we’ve enlisted the help of our local cosplay community to help create costumes people can wear, and make the day of the event, to help increase our numbers. (yes, people dressed in dalek costu...




fill your new york maker faire weekend with more wonderful events

maker faire has grown so much since it started. at one point, it was just a little event where a few makers gleefully participated in a new kind of show & tell, now it has grown to the point that it has its own “event gravity”. maker faire is like a sun, orbited by planets comprised of other smaller events. when you come into to town for maker faire, expect to have your entire day filled, even after the gates of maker faire close for the evening.communication around visiting these events can often be difficult. who’s going to be where? how do you get there? where will you meet up with your friends, or the people you just met at maker faire? this year, adafruit has offered a wonderful solution in their discord channel. you’ll be able ...




join adafruit's discord channel now to organize your trip to maker faire new york

hey makers! for almost a decade ladyada & i have been part of maker faire in some way, from helping to launch the first ones, to coordinating a lot of activity online and off. one of the challenges has been trying to use some type of app to coordinate meet ups which often happen randomly, at the last minute, or in a way that makes it a difficult to help the folks that are actually attending a maker faire meet up with each other.adafruit will be doing some meet ups, give aways, talks, and more at world maker faire nyc -the weekend- so here’s what we’re doing this year, join us!visit the adafruit discord server and stop in to the #events channel, mention @community helpers and let them know you’ll be attending maker faire this weekend, t...




maker spotlight: elizabeth kruger | make:

name: elizabeth krugerhome: milwaukee, wisconsinfacebook | instagramhow did you get started making?i attended an anime convention, anime milwaukee, in 2013, and was inspired by all the amazing outfits on display. i used the ensuing year to learn a little (very little) about sewing, which i’d never tried before, and wore my first cosplay at anime milwaukee the following year. that outfit was chihiro, the protagonist of hayao miyazaki’s animated masterpiece spirited away. while it wasn’t anything mind-blowing, and my sewing skills have since advanced well beyond what i did back then, i’m still quite fond of the costume. dressing up that first year was sort of terrifying, because so many cosplayers do such amazing and complex work and i...




the sublime pleasures of the "makecation"

i am obsessed with a most ridiculous hobby. many hobbies are known for being a time suck and a wallet drain, but few are more of these than tabletop hobby wargaming. i have been playing all manner of boardgame, roleplaying game, and wargame most of my life. my real passion is for tabletop fantasy and sci-fi miniature wargames. this is a very multi-disciplinary hobby in which you plan your armies, assemble and paint your miniatures, build the gaming tables you play on, construct the buildings and terrain that go on the table, plan games and campaigns, and then, after all of that, you can spend hours, weeks, even years playing through a game or series of linked game campaigns. as you might imagine, each of these aspects of the hobby can take a...




this week in making: combat arthropod, diy standing desk, and maker share

combat ready arthropodthese spider-like robots can be programmed for combat! – jordan raméethis cute little hexapod can be programmed with scratch, which is awesome for classrooms. the price isn’t horrible either. – caleb kraftmotorized standing deskstanding desks are becoming more and more popular. as they should! they are a healthy alternative. commercial versions tend to be on the expensive side though. unperturbed, drivenbyentropy, a creator on imgur, built a fully motorized standing desk that can raise or lower itself. it’s pretty impres...




explore lenz's law with gravity-defying magnet tricks

illustrated by rob nancein one hand, you hold an aluminum tube 12″ long. in your other hand,you have a small, polished metal cylinder. you drop the cylinder into the tube (figure a), and — it disappears.figure a. photos by charles plattwhere did it go? nowhere! it’s inside the tube, but instead of falling freely, it’s moving slowly. after 5 seconds, it finally emerges at the bottom. it has just defied the force of gravity (partially, at least).read articles from the magazine right here on make:. don’t have a subscription yet? get one today.equipmentto see this yourself, you’ll need a cylindrical neodymium magnet measuring ½” high and 11/16″ diameter. this is the smallest, cheapest option to generate a good result. i suggest ...




explore lenz's law with gravity-defying magnet tricks

illustrated by rob nancein one hand, you hold an aluminum tube 12″ long. in your other hand,you have a small, polished metal cylinder. you drop the cylinder into the tube (figure a), and — it disappears.figure a. photos by charles plattwhere did it go? nowhere! it’s inside the tube, but instead of falling freely, it’s moving slowly. after 5 seconds, it finally emerges at the bottom. it has just defied the force of gravity (partially, at least).read articles from the magazine right here on make:. don’t have a subscription yet? get one today.equipmentto see this yourself, you’ll need a cylindrical neodymium magnet measuring ½” high and 11/16″ diameter. this is the smallest, cheapest option to generate a good result. i suggest ...




edible innovations: using drones for diy agricultural monitoring systems

from singapore to the usa and all around europe, edible innovations profiles food makers that engage in improving the global food system at every stage, from production to distribution to eating and shopping. join us as we explore the main trends in the industry from a maker perspective. chiara cecchini of future food institute — an ecosystem with a strong educational core that promotes food innovation as a key tool to tackle the great challenges of the future — introduces you to the faces, stories, and experiences of food makers around the globe. check back on tuesdays and thursdays for new installments.today we are face to face with a maker from nepal, a very beautiful country that mostly relies on agriculture for its economy. agricult...