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Chris Marion (Andover, NJ) is an amazing teenage maker I found out about through element14′s website. I love his “About” statement:

If you look up “Chris Marion” on Google, you will find a folk singer and a professional photographer. What you won’t find is a high school student routinely doing incredible projects on his own time and trying to change the world for the better. The intent of this website is to change that. I will try to paint an accurate picture of my ever-changing life by expressing myself through my website.

Above is an awesome project he’s done to create a propane fire organ controlled by a Guitar Hero guitar. Here he describes his initial idea (riffing off of Mikey Sklar’s fire trampoline).

Simply interface a Guitar Hero controller to a microcontroller that would power some relays which would in turn fire off solenoid valves on five individual fire poofers! Now this could be cool; a large fire “sculpture” that is playable by anybody. Read on to see how I turned this idea into reality in a week’s time!

FireHero

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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