Made on Earth
Reports from the world of backyard technology.
» Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things
by Cy Tymony
Turn a remote control car into an alarm system.
A Q&A with the inventor of a pirate-scaring noisemaker, a helicopter for every garage, and a way to hack gravity itself.
N55, a conceptual group from Denmark, creates functional art for living, breathing, and growing.
Model kit makers bring B-movie monsters to your home.
A new art venue for the robotic age.
You don't have to be Burt Rutan to start your own rocket program. With a few empty soda bottles and some PVC pipe, you can build a high-performance water rocket.
With a motor and some piping, it's suprisingly easy to build this inexpensive, efficient windmill generator--and enjoy free energy forever.
Don't think you can build a jet engine at home? Here's a simple jet engine--a pulsejet--that you can make out of a jam jar in an afternoon. All it takes is bending some wire and punching a few holes.
Pages last longer, lie flatter, and look better inside a handsome, durable hardcover.
The chemistry of stain removal.
Five simple steps to a quieter PC.
Use a gunbelt and leg holster to hold your gear.
» Boost Your Signal
by Bob Scott
Improving MyFi XM satellite radio reception.
Plug into a world of novelty.
Use GPS to create giant-sized works of art.
» Circuit Quiz Game
by Ben Wheeler
Teach kids about circuitry in 30 minutes.
Point your webcam anywhere you want.
» The Fauxlance Photographer
by Andy Ihnatko
How to get VIP treatment by dressing the part of a pro photographer.
Getting things done with GTD TiddlyWiki.
See everything inside out through this classic optical instrument.
Collect meteorological data on your roof and donate it to science.
Portable, collapsible model rocket launch pad.
Bioluminescence detector lights way toward insect-cyborg pollution sensor.
Use a long-obsolete Primestar dish to pull in a wide world of programming.
You can get many of the benefits of Digital TV (DTV) for as little as 20 bucks, if you're willing to do a little tinkering.
» Full Mast Reception
by Joe Grand
Build your own satellite dish mast in three easy steps.
» Dumpster Cornucopia
by Thomas Arey
Reusing components from discarded electronics.
A look back on our exciting first year.
News from the Future
For everything that is gained, something is lost.
Overclocking your productivity: planning your projects one bit-sized piece at a time.
A copyright-controlled museum is a crime against humanity.
» Hands On: Making a Mobile
by Bruce Sterling
Staying poised at the fertile edge of chaos, while the clock ticks.
Intel researcher Eric Paulos makes things that give their owners a new way of understanding their daily lives.
MAKE looks at slide rules.
Or, why used can be so much better than new.
And a discourse on blind men, chipmunks, whales, and the future.
From maker to maker.
The street-legal electric car of the future is coming--not from Japan or Detroit--but from your neighbor's garage.
» Dive, Darn It, Dive!
by Larry Harmon
It's a matter of sink and swim at the 8th international autonomous underwater vehicle competition.
Be the hit of the neighborhood with a high-flying, tree-to-tree transporter.
The Quick and Dirty
Learn three essential shop fabrication techniques and reward yourself by making a wi-fi signal deflector.
Meet Minnesota's celebrated thrill-machine maker.
Puzzles for makers.
Theory & Practice
Get an infrared remote to turn your room lights on and off.
How circuits communicate with the outside world.
Can you stay alive until the bank vault unlocks?
The best tools, software, gadgets, books, magazines, and websites.
Blast from the Past
Exploring the world of Amatuer Craftsman's Cyclopedia of Things to Make.
» Computers in the Machine
by Tom Owad
Emulation software gives you free, zero-footprint, vintage computers.
Almost everything you needed to know about MAKE.
Our favorite events from around the world: March - April - May 2006.
» Reader Input
Where makers tell their tales and offer praise, brickbats, and swell ideas.
Tales from the Web
Bots, how-tos, and virtual worlds all on the MAKE: Blog. Take a tour of what's new with Associate Editor Philip Torrone.
» Digital Video Production: Create Explosive Visuals
by Chris Kenworthy
Real movie explosions are dangerous, expensive, and usually unecessary.
» A Treehouse Grows in British Columbia
by George Dyson
Three years, 95 feet above the Earth.