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Make: Live episode 18 featured makers in MAKE v28, the toys & games issue! Onyx Ashanti performs and talks Xbees and sensors, and Michael Colombo explains his reflective improvement to flashlight tag. David Harris made Charlie’s bear (above), originally designed for his nephew with cerebral palsy. It’s a location aware plush toy with an embedded RFID reader, speaker, Arduino and wave shield to play sounds when it interacts with objects. Learn about how David made this fun toy and how Charlie himself has reacted to the bear.

Electronic musician Onyx Ashanti performs at Maker Faire NY and joins us on video chat from Berlin to discuss his innovative (and open source) Beatjazz controllers for live performance. Find out how his pressure sensor mouthpiece works in conjunction with his accelerometer and FSR hand controllers and see him perform. Support the Beatjazz controllers funding campaign!

Michael Colombo (in collaboration with Eszter Ozsvald) came up with a new variation on flashlight tag that uses retroreflective letters on armbands. Find out about Mike’s experience running the game (and coming up with new ones) with some summer campers.

Subscribe to the Make: Live Podcast in iTunes, watch Make: Live episode 18 in its entirety (or download in m4v format). Also check out the chat room transcript!

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Make: Live 19: Halloween Party
Wednesday October 26th, 9pm ET/6pm PT
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Becky Stern

Becky Stern is director of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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