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raining blood? drone-flown vital fluid network proposed for palo alto

palo alto, calif. aims to be the first us city where drones fly emergency deliveries from a blood bank to a nearby hospital. the network would use secure lockboxes that can be opened by qr codes on smartphones. similar endeavors are already underway in switzerland, operated by matternet, the same silicon vall...




ultimaker releases new printer and announces partnerships at rapid

this week in dallas, tx, the annual rapid convention is taking place and ultimaker is using this industrial 3d printing event to announce a new printer along with new partnerships with some of the worlds leading plastics manufacturers.their new printer, the ultimaker s5, is a larger and updated take on their popular line of 3d printers. ultimaker is targeting professional with the s5 promising better repeatability due to it’s integration of hardware, software, and materials all designed to work together. the s5 features a full color touchscreen controller, something new for ultimaker. a filament run-out sensor has been added to the s5 to help with greater reliability and a built in camera will help you monitor your prints as they go. the ...




vandals crack open dockless scooter, discover particle electron board inside

san francisco, among other cities, has become a us launchpad for dockless electric scooter rentals, where, overnight, the downtown’s sidewalks and stoops are suddenly teeming with the abandoned-at-first-glance-but-not-really transports. some locals are championing these as a healthy addition that can help solve our overcrowded streets; others find them a littering nuisance. one sf supervisor even sought their removal until a permitting system could be established for companies wishing to put their scooters on the sidewalks.with the vc money behind these rides further irking some, stories and images of e-scooter vandalism have become common, including tales of snipped brake lines and images of scooters tossed into oakland’s lake merritt (...




youtube celebrities are coming to maker faire

when maker faire started, there was no such thing as a maker on youtube. over the years, that’s changed, and it’s changed a lot. there are people who work full-time making things and producing videos on youtube about it. some of these people have more subscribers than us!this year, for the first time, we’ve set aside space and time for these incredible makers to talk and hang out with fans. check our schedule for the diy creators stage.here are a few highlights to get you excited:automating your online presence with the king of random – saturday 1:00 pmgrant thompson has over 9.1m subscribers. he’ll be covering how to create your own channel and design your pipeline to run itself so you can focus on a quality of life and maximize y...




5 projects and a contest to inspire your environmental awareness

low-cost advanced technologies, especially the open source hardware & software, enable almost everyone to get involved to show support for environmental protection.to celebrate earth day 2018, seeed and hackster.io have launched an earth day contest to encourage the community to make & share projects that benefit the planet! the contest will give away 15 awesome seeed & hackster-powered prizes for the top submissions, including a trip to shenzhen during maker faire shenzhen. more info about the contest, please visit here.if you are still struggling about what to make, here are some cool environmental projects. hope they could inspire you.marine litter detectiveas more and more litter ends up in oceans, marine lives are put in danger. in or...




watch robots attempt to assemble ikea furniture

i can think of few tasks that most people would rather relegate to a robot than assembling ikea furniture. i personally love assembling scandinavian stick furniture, but i suspect i’m in a minuscule minority. there is a reason why there are dozens of youtube videos of people attempting to assemble ikea furniture while drunk or high, little kids and old people attempting it, and other, similar scenarios engineered for confusion, frustration, and hilarity to ensue.we can now add robots to that undignified list.these ikeabots were programmed by the control intelligence robot group at nanyang technological university in singapore to assemble an ikea stefan chair without any human intervention. after much coding, training, subtask perfecting, a...




exploring successful innovations at hardwarecon

at hardwarecon, makers from all types of industries gather to explore the phrase: “hardware is hard, but it’s getting much easier.” the convention is a two-day celebration of everything related to hardware and features speakers with pedigrees that ranged from robot builders to video game designers.start of atariallan alcorn, the creator of pong and first design engineer for atari, was the keynote speaker for the day. he described the process behind the creation of the world’s first home video game console and offered words of encouragement and advice for other creators based on his own experiences.“it’s easier to disrupt an already existing market than create a new one,” alcorn said. pong, and the following collection of atari ...




maker pro news: maker pros around the world

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 you wait, and you wake up, and you’re a 1,500-person company, and you look around, and you’re like ‘whoa, we don’t have any women,’ it’s very hard to fix it now.” – diversity consultant judith williamsopen explorer re-launchesdavid lang (@davidtlang), the co-founder of openrov (@openrov) and author of make:’s “zero to maker,” has re-launched his open explorer project in collaboration with national geographic. the goal: to do f...




what can you make with a single sheet of plywood?

a good old fashioned community challenge is always fun, especially if the pressure to “win” is pretty low. the modern maker podcast, in partnership with rockler woodworking, announced they’re doing a video challenge and i think it’s going to be really fun. all you need is a sheet of plywood.the rules are simple, make something using one sheet of plywood, any type, post it on instagram using the hashtag #rocklerplywoodchallenge by may 31st 2018, and be eligible to win some awesome prizes! also, make a video of it – it’s a huge opportunity, so don’t miss out!to kick the contest off, the creators of the podcast (mike montgomery, ben uyeda, and ...




alex makes his own chef's knife

one of the many cool things that often happens to makers online is the collaborations between them. alex the french cooking guy has been exploring knives and knife sharpening in his youtube videos recently. to create an electronic knife angle detector for giving dynamic feedback on proper angles as you sharpen, alex teamed up with becky stern. then, after a comm...




5 projects and a contest to inspire your environmental awareness

low-cost advanced technologies, especially the open source hardware & software, enable almost everyone to get involved to show support for environmental protection.to celebrate earth day 2018, seeed and hackster.io have launched an earth day contest to encourage the community to make & share projects that benefit the planet! the contest will give away 15 awesome seeed & hackster-powered prizes for the top submissions, including a trip to shenzhen during maker faire shenzhen. more info about the contest, please visit here.if you are still struggling about what to make, here are some cool environmental projects. hope they could inspire you. marine litter detectiveas more and more litter ends up in oceans, marine lives are put in danger. in ...




tips of the week: special kitchen hacks edition

tips of the week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. check in every friday to see what we’ve discovered. and we want to hear from you. please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments below and we might use your tip in a future column.***this week i decided to do something a little different. i was watching a youtube video on making perfect pancakes and i spotted a brilliant little tip in there: when melting butter for pancakes, don’t bother to dirty a sauce pan. put the butter in a metal measuring cup and place it on the griddle (or skillet) that you are preheating and let the butter melt in the cup. great idea! so, i pos...




swissmak hopes to bring 5 axis milling and turning to the desktop

perry of overloard robotics reached out to us to show off his latest creation, the swissmak. this is desktop mill-turning machine unlike anything we’ve seen in the maker community yet.this style of machine, capable of precision 5 axis milling and lathe work is typically very expensive, way out of reach of the home machine shop. perry is launching his kickstarter with hopes of producing these for incredibly cheap, around $4,700 for the most expensive pledge level (with all the features).there are a couple other 5 axis systems available right now, but there is a considerable difference in their intended use case. there is the pocket nc an...




weekend watch: exploring electronics with testcase tv

one of the many things i love about the maker movement, especially the high-tech/electronics and programming quarters of it, is the way that so many people, with different skills sets, skill levels, and teaching styles have taken to youtube to teach what they know to others. we all learn differently and different teaching styles appeal to each of us. when i was learning electronics in the 1980s, there was so little material available and most of it was written by engineers who didn’t really know how to talk to mere mortals and arty-farty types like myself. learning how electronics worked, building and troubleshooting circuits and building hobby robots took persistence and some serious heavy lifting. few of these barriers exist today, thank...




tips of the week: special kitchen hacks edition

tips of the week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. check in every friday to see what we’ve discovered. and we want to hear from you. please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments below and we might use your tip in a future column.***this week i decided to do something a little different. i was watching a youtube video on making perfect pancakes and i spotted a brilliant little tip in there: when melting butter for pancakes, don’t bother to dirty a sauce pan. put the butter in a metal measuring cup and place it on the griddle (or skillet) that you are preheating and let the butter melt in the cup. great idea! so, i pos...




tips of the week: special kitchen hacks edition

tips of the week is our weekly peek at some of the best making tips, tricks, and recommendations we’ve discovered in our travels. check in every friday to see what we’ve discovered. and we want to hear from you. please share your tips, shortcuts, best practices, and tall shop tales in the comments below and we might use your tip in a future column.***this week, i decided to do something a little different. i was watching a youtube video on making perfect pancakes and i saw a brilliant little tip in there: when melting butter for pancakes, don’t bother to dirty a sauce pan. put the butter in a metal measuring cup and place it on the griddle (or skillet) that you are preheating and let the butter melt in the cup. great idea! so, i posted...




this stunning roman inspired helmet is entirely 3d printed

look at this helmet. you already know that it is 3d printed because of the headline for this article, but just look at it. can you spot the 3d printed parts? can you tell what was done with a printer? i can’t and the answer to which parts, is pretty much everything here was 3d printed, even the mohawk.this was created by the folks at customprototypes.ca and you can read their entire blog post on it here. it is almost difficult to believe that this is all 3d printed, but in their article and in this gallery you can see the whole process. they used a few different technologies to print the parts, then a lot of painting and hand finishing to get them to look exactly how they wanted.an incredible amount of work and trial and error was involved...




a maker builds her dream shop

beloved youtube maker, april wilkerson, has been building a 3000 square foot workshop on her new texas property. as with everything april does, she has been thorough in planning, executing, and documenting her process. she has done youtube videos detailing the stages of the build, and done updates on instagram posts and instagram stories. for anyone who’s ever dreamed of designing and building a workshop from the ground up, it’s been an exciting (ok, and jealousy-inducing) process to watch. it’s also been like compelling reality tv as we’ve watched april deal ...




giant sculptures and kinetic art come to maker faire bay area 2018

easily one of my favorite parts of maker faire bay area is the spectacle of big art. sure, other maker faires get some of these attractions, but the proximity and personal friendships with so many artists in the area (and connected to burning man) means that the bay area gets the most.every year i get giddy just thinking about some of the fantastic pieces i’ll finally be able to witness in person, because videos and pictures simply don’t do them justice. here are a few that have caught my eye this year and i simply can’t wait to go see them in real life.the tracejoel stockdill will be gracing us with an installation from the trace. they’ve been traveling around the world, creating gargantuan sculptures from locally sourced trash. you...




maker pro news: when a startup demands everything

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.“everything i create comes from deep within my soul.” – miami visual artist nicole martinezgoing all infor a harrowing tale of maker pros who put everything behind an idea they believed in, check out this profile of bgt aerospace, a michigan hardware startup that won a small business administration (@sbagov) loan. the catch: they needed to back up the loan with everything they owned, down to their bank accounts and homes — a nerve-wracking choice for tw...