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

DJ Qbert Scratches Tesla Coil-HP

It doesn’t get much better than the world renowned DJ Qbert scratching insanely fast, except when every scratch is not just expressed as sound, but also sparks off of a tesla coil. That’s exactly what took place during Maker Faire Bay Area when DJ Qbert took to the stage to... Read more »

DFRobot's Ricky Ye with a Make: magazine editor's choice blue ribbon

DFRobot is a Shanghai-based open source hardware facilitator whose mission is to encourage people to develop their own products and simply enable more rapid project creation. We caught up with Hector Saldana of DFRobot to find out more about the company’s offerings. Saldana notes one of their main focuses of... Read more »

Microsoft came to Maker Faire Bay Area 2015 with an array of projects centered around interactivity and fun. Faire-goers got hands-on time with a human-sized keyboard (á la FAO Shwartz) and a Selfie Curtain that uses a Windows 10 app to capture images and display them on a huge RGB... Read more »

Anouk about to spray paint  her dress pink

While it’s not often talked about, many Makers wait until the last minute to finish their projects. It’s most likely because we are all simply extremely busy and fit making into any, and every, available moment. During MakerCon we caught up with Anouk Wipprecht in the Maker Media Lab, who... Read more »

Spark is now Particle

MakerCon was full of exciting announcements, interesting presentations, and even a few surprises. Zach Supalla, co-founder and CEO of Spark IO, shocked many when he ended his presentation announcing that going forward, Spark IO will now be Particle. We caught up with Supalla and discussed his experiences building the company, his... Read more »

Meet Chip, the $9 computer

Cheaper and more powerful than Raspberry Pi B+, "Chip" by Next Thing Co. could be the next revolution in single-board computing. Read more »


Microsoft seems to be getting more and more Maker friendly, and today their courtship moves further forward with the surprise announcement of two new collaborations with microcontroller makers Arduino. Both projects, announced at the Microsoft developer conference Build, involve Windows 10, and both usher in a new level of Microsoft engagement... Read more »