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From Al Westpfal:

My 10 year old son Albert based his school entrepreneurial project on Arvind Gupta’s Touching Slate. He sold his product at the school marketplace event. Albert also got in touch with the Concordia Learning Center at St. Joseph’s School for the Blind in Jersey City N.J. to donate dozens of his product.

Al’s project came from the pages of MAKE volume 28, and is a pen that expels yarn instead of ink. When written onto an adhesive surface, whatever the user writes becomes tactile, serving the blind and visually impaired.

His creation was covered in an article in Wayne Patch in which he says “I’m glad that I could make something that helps other people.”

Cheers to Al for taking another maker’s idea and running with it.


From the Pages of MAKE


MAKE Volume 28, Toys and Games
MAKE Volume 28 hits makers’ passion for play head-on with a 28-page special section devoted to Toys and Games, including a toy “pop-pop” steamboat made from a mint tin, an R/C helicopter eye-in-the-sky, and a classic video game console. You’ll also build a gravity-powered catapult, a plush toy that interacts with objects around it, and a machine that blows giant soap bubbles. Play time is a hallmark of more intelligent species – so go have some fun!

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Michael Colombo

In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens’ educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.


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