Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is a research director at Institute for the Future, the founding editor-in-chief of Make magazine, the co-founder of Boing Boing, the editor-in-chief of Cool Tools.

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The Molecule Synth offers the elemental components of a traditional keyboard synthesizer — a speaker & amp, a sound generator, and a pitch controller — but presents those elements as pieces that you arrange (and rearrange!) in various combinations to create your own musical device. Read more »

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This project consists of separate solar circuits that store energy and trigger motors and electronic oscillators in an arrhythmic sequence which is regulated both by the amount of light in the room and by variances in the individual circuits Read more »


Bitponics is a successfully funded Kickstarter project that helps indoor growers take care of their plants. They make an internet-connected device that comes with various sensors (water and air temperature, humidity, brightness, and pH). It takes readings and uploads the data to your online account. Read more »


There are a lot of reasons to love the Rancilio. It's got a powerful pump to push water through densely packed, finely ground coffee. It's made of chromed steel, and the boiler and portafilter are made of heavy marine-grade brass. And, for espresso hackers, the Silvia stands above other machines... Read more »


Severed Hand Bop-It is an Arduin- controlled plush toy with morbidity to spare! Read more »


Interview with Backyard Ballistics author William Gurstelle. Read more »


Ian of Dangerous Prototypes went to Singapore Mini Maker Faire 2012 Report and made this great video the Faire’s highlights. Singapore’s Mini Maker Faire had a bunch of unforgettable projects. Check out improvised instruments, PC-controlled toys, a Twitter controlled blimp, the banana piano, a DIY Aquaponics system, and a sling... Read more »