PanaVise Packaging Sports Makey Nomination

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

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By Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

47 Articles

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It was a pleasure to present the Makey awards on the special Make: Live show at World Maker Faire NY 2011. There I met Tom Simpkins, accepting the award for PanaVise, a Reno, NV company that developed a maker’s improvised vise improvement into an accessory for the product – the speed control handle. As Tom handed me the injection molded plastic part I noticed the paper packaging– featuring its “Makey nominated” status.

We’re delighted to see the awards grow legs in the industries that serve the maker community. As John Park put it, the Makeys are “like MacGuyver’s version of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.”


If you’d like your own speed control handle, we’re still accepting entries for freebies over on the Make: Live page, and the Maker Shed is putting a free speed control handle in every PanaVise Jr. box from now through January 2012.

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