Ben Krasnow

Ben Krasnow

Ben Krasnow works at Google[x], creating advanced prototypes, and previously developed virtual reality hardware at Valve. Follow Ben’s personal projects on his YouTube channel, Applied Science:

Latest from Ben Krasnow

Red 4 bar linkage arm lamp with light shining downwards.

If you're thinking about upgrading your workshop lighting, here's our short, no-nonsense advice to getting a brighter space. Read more »

finished disc

Make this spinning, swirling, self-contained liquid disc and mount it in your table for a gorgeous centerpiece. Read more »


With a little practice, you’ll be able to capture and share your own high-quality images of the microscopic world using a cell phone camera. Read more »


Re-create this gift shop novelty food by making a freeze-dryer with parts already lying around your workshop. Read more »


I decided to design and build a scanning electron microscope (SEM) in my home workshop to see if it was even possible. Spoiler alert: it is. I didn’t originally intend to create an SEM that could compare to a $75,000 entry-level commercial model, but the project turned out more successful... Read more »