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MAKE Vol. 36 goes on sale today. The new issue take a look at the exploding market of boards and microcontrollers. The Arduino and Raspberry Pi have ushered in a whole new generation boards tailor-made for making.

Microcontrollers are powerful, easy to use, tiny computers that allow anyone to add sophisticated interactivity to their projects. In this issue, we take a deep dive into the world of boards and add-ons that are fueling a new smart device revolution. From workshop hobbyists to entrepreneurial innovators pushing accessible technology to new levels.

Which board is right for you? This issue issue delves into:

- The best boards for your build. What they do and why you might want to use them.
- Microcontrollers for the next generation: Ultra- miniaturization, wireless, and multi-function shields.
- Add-ons for boards
- Upcoming boards with estimated release dates and previews.

But the issue goes beyond boards and includes projects that show you how to make your own hard cider with a juicer, a simple table that can be built in two hours, an interview with New Zealand kite-maker Peter Lynn, and the making of tiger gates in the London Zoo.

To jump into the world of boards, take a look at our getting started guide.

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.

Contact Stett with tips and story ideas on:

*Sustainable/green design
*Young Makers
*Action sports



  1. Hugh Bourne says:

    I was very disappointed with the article on micro controller main boards. Little to no mention of the huge range of .Net micro framework boards from several manufacturers Like GHI, Mountaineer, Micromint, Love Electronics, Secret Labs ( other than a few lines about Netduino). No mention either of .net gadgeteer with its impressive collection of modules, community made modules and mainboards (ingenuitymicro to name one example)
    When will Make magazine start acknowledging that .net microframework exists and is a viable and powerful alternative to the duino clones. Poor show Make! For a magazine that prides itself on all things maker and open source, I am surprised the alternatives to Arduino section was so poorly researched.

  2. rickjesmer says:

    Where can i buy the magazines in NYS & how much please . In the finger lakes

    1. Barnes & Noble is probably the best bet. Here’s their store locator:

      I would recommend calling first – they’re usually willing to hold a copy at the front desk.