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Here are a few neat projects that were recently added to our collaborative wiki, Make: Projects. If you’ve made something awesome that the world should know about, please share your build process with the MAKE community, via Make: Projects.

Over-the-Air TV Antenna

Rich Reynolds explains how to get over-the-air television with a homemade TV antenna. He made it so that his wife can watch the summer Olympics. Sounds like over-the-air TV is making something of a comeback – the Wall Street Journal just published an article on the trend of supplementing online-video programming with over-the-air TV signals, as an alternative to a costly cable subscription.

My sister and I could have used this when we threw a Kentucky Derby party a couple years ago, to watch the horse race! We weren’t paying for cable at the time, so we ended up borrowing our neighbor’s, via a really long coax cable.

Instant Nature: Quick & Peaceful

Tired of the constant whir of your computer’s fan? Generate some aural relief in the form of gentle bird chirping sounds, using an Arduino and a Wave Shield. Tutorial shared by RobotGrrl.

HAB APRS Tracker

South Carolina high school teacher Todd Stowe says, “The first step in a high-altitude balloon (HAB) project is creating a device that will let you track and recover your payload. To do this, build an automatic packet reporting system (APRS) tracker. It’s not the only way, but it works and it is reliable.”

He really made that Make Project Tin look handsome!

Painting a One-Off QR Code on a Large Surface

Eric Hansen shares a technique for painting QR codes on large surfaces.

If you want to share something with the technological elite, there’s no better way than the QR code. Very dense and durable, it’s also “platform agnostic.” There exist several methods to make a code stencil, but they either require time or a laser CNC table.

Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.


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