Electric giraffes? Got it! Playing with hot metal? Got that, too! Brian Tong checks out the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California for everything do-it-yourself.
SAN MATEO, Calif.--The best thing about going to Maker Faire a couple of days before the gates officially open is watching it grow.
Walk a couple of times around the fairgrounds here, where the do-it-yourself bacchanalia will welcome tens of thousands of people starting Saturday, and you'll see new projects appear each time you go around: A stream of trucks keeps coming through the gates, each one hauling a new group of people and whatever fantastical art, heavy machine, oddball musical instrument or other insane contents it might be carrying.
This was Maker Day, a day for the … Read more
I wish I would've remembered this a little sooner, but I was reminded late yesterday by photographer Corinne Schulze's blog that yesterday was Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day. That doesn't mean that you're off the hook, it just means that you have more inspiration in the form of the images participants shared this year. There's even one by Professor Andrew Davidhazy of the Rochester Institute of Technology. His process is a little complicated, but if you want to give pinhole photography a try, the WPPD site has some links showing how to make your own pinhole … Read more
Australian Jonathan Oxer is a techie by trade, but he doesn't leave that side of himself at the office. In fact, he's turned his entire domestic life into a proof of concept of software-controllable electronic gadgetry, from his home's Ethernet-enabled, Second Life-compatible mailbox to the RFID chip in his arm.
Read the story, and the accompanying Q&A with Oxer, in Computerworld Australia: "Ohm Sweet Ohm: Outgoing Linux Australia president's hot-wired home"
Japan's Bird Electron has always been known for the literally stripped-down design of its products, but it seems to be in a particularly minimalist mood these days for the iPod.
First we saw the industrially bare steel speaker stand made for the Touch, and now we have a decidedly DIY-looking iPod speaker. And it's not just any speaker, according to GeekAlerts, but the "one and only recycling speaker for iPod."
The EZ17-B speaker is designed to fit snugly into the clear plastic box that comes with certain versions of the Nano and Shuffle, without the need … Read more
It's the rare product that excites CNET editors across all categories. The Bug Labs platform, which has been the subject of several conversations around the CNET booth, is one such rarity.
Described as "the Lego of gadgets" by Webware's Rafe Needleman, the Bug Labs platform starts with a minicomputer, the Bug Base, onto which you can snap multiple modules, such as a digital camera or an LCD screen. You can then program your own software to run your custom gadget or download software others have written from the Bug Labs site. Need a GPS-enabled digital camera … Read more
Hi, I'm Nate Lanxon. You may remember me from such criticisms as the We7 download service, the Roommates Web TV show, and Squircle: the MP3 player that makes children hate you. Seriously, we love laughing at stupid ideas here at Crave, but we don't like it when they come from companies we respect. Today holds just such a stupid idea, and it comes from JVC--it's the build-it-yourself-'cos-we-can't-be-arsed speaker kit.
Why the Hello Kitty would you want to spend about 140 pounds (or $290) on a set of speakers that came in bits? No, really, we'… Read more
If you've got a hankering for wood paneling on the side of your car, no one says you have to settle for a vinyl applique. It's just that the alternatives are probably neither cheap nor easy.
You could start poking around old barns or, at least trolling the Web, for an old Woodie station wagon or two. Or you could do what Vasily Lazarenko of the Ukraine did: he built his own.
Lazarenko's creation goes well beyond a few strips of wood on either side of the vehicle. He fashioned the entire exterior out of oak, with … Read more
I'd like to pass along a press release from one of my favorite Silicon Valley start-ups. It's a place you can go to make chips... but I'd better explain that.
A lot of people do woodworking at home. The equipment is moderately priced and there's plenty of support available from TV shows such as Norm Abram's New Yankee Workshop on PBS and a variety of woodworking shows on the DIY Network.
But for those of us who like working with metal instead of wood, things aren't so simple. The equipment, for example, is much … Read more
The DIY home security market is one of those fast-growing markets you don't hear that much about. But trust me, it's hot, and InGrid, one of the leading developers of digital home protection services, has entered the fray with the announcement today of the direct to consumer availability of its Digital Home Protection system.
According to the release, "The next generation in home security uses portable, digital technology and fully integrated broadband providing a nearly impossible to defeat system. Each InGrid kit comes with quick, easy step-by-step instructions and illustrations that guide installation and activation in less … Read more