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David Scheltema

David Scheltema

I love to tinker and write about electronics. My days are spent building projects and working as a Technical Editor for MAKE.

Latest from David Scheltema

America’s Greatest Makers

Intel, TBS, and uber show-producer Mark Burnett are casting for a product-development reality show called America's Greatest Makers. Read more »


The Motor City Maker Faire had 5 different race tracks to see. This included drones and the hugely popular Power Racing Series. Read more »


We’ve been wondering exactly how open source CHIP, the $9 computer, is. Turns out, it’s really freaking open! These are the files you are looking for… Open hardware files and the general Next Thing page. The initial launch of CHIP from the Oakland, California-based Next Thing Co. made big... Read more »


Self-driving cars are in the news almost daily, but they are not exactly in my automotive budget for this decade. Today, that has changed. While this car might be smaller and not capable of giving me a ride, it’s still autonomous and, best of all, it is a project that I... Read more »

Cory Doctorow passionately explains why the DMCA is about the worst thing ever

O’Reilly Media held its annual Solid conference this week in San Francisco. It’s an annual show  covering “Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things.” We found it eye-opening, informative, and occasionally controversial. Here’s some of what we heard at this year’s show: Synthetic Biology Joichi Ito, Director of the MIT Media Lab, explained... Read more »


While cleaning out an old laptop’s filesystem back in October, David West discovered a few videos he took of a mechanical clock atop the South Ward Meeting Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Years before his digital find, he worked in that very building and became so interested by the clock’s... Read more »


Electronics greeting cards are a great, approachable project for beginners to assemble in under an hour. You won’t need to plug in a soldering iron, since these cards are wired using a special conductive foil tape. Not only is this tape conductive, it’s super sticky and it remains conductive even... Read more »