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Read MAKE magazine: Volume 32MAKE’s just-released Volume 32 includes a project for building a “World Control Panel,” a console with lots of cool toggle switches and blinking lights that illuminate different points on a dot matrix map drilled out of a sheet of aluminum. Tinkerer Steve Lodefink made the device for his son Harlan to enhance the game of “agents” he plays with his friends. (Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone had a dad who could build you stuff like this?) The resulting build is extremely cool, in a Dr. No kind of way.

Pick up a copy of the new issue to check it out, but also have a look at this video of Harlan demonstrating all the features of the World Control Panel. If it doesn’t bring a smile to your face, nothing will.

And here’s Steve demonstrating the project himself, backed by some great, fuzzy guitar garage/surf rock and retro narration.


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Stett Holbrook

Stett is a senior editor at MAKE with abiding interest in food and drink, bicycles, woodworking, and environmentally sound human enterprises. He is the father of two young makers.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.


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  1. chuck says:

    Cool dad and lucky kid! I love the idea of an imagination driven toy. So many modern toys seem scripted to leave little for the young imagination. This is some open-ended goodness that I could see being re-purposed for many adventures to come.

  2. “Open-ended goodness.” We need more of that.