Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner's Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

Latest from Gareth Branwyn

This volunteer-driven, open-source initiative works to develop a 3D-printable robotic hand that can be used either on robots or on human amputees. By crowdsourcing development, using desktop 3D printing and other accessible maker technologies, indie U.K. robotics developer Joel Gibbard hopes to reduce the cost of a prosthetic hand from $100,000 to $1,000.

Our visual celebration of the art and science of anthropomorphic robotics. Read more »

Steve Roberts and his “Brain Interface Unit” for his nomadic “BEHEMOTH” bike project. The BIU offered a heads-up data display (via The Private Eye), a head-gesture-controlled mouse, radio communications and entertainment audio, spot and flood lights, a rear view mirror, and even a helmet liquid cooling system.

How makers around the world are modding, hacking, and building their own versions of Google’s geeky goggles. Read more »


It's the holiday break and that usually means that Crabfu/I-Wei Huang is monkeying around with some new art tools (and making cool review and demo videos). This year, I-Wei tries his hand on the new Wacom Creative Stylus for iPad Air. Read more »


A portfolio video, shot for a very talented and inspiring young maker, becomes a testament to her impressive life and spirit after she tragically dies weeks after shooting it. Read more »

Drawing by Suzanne Forbes of Jake von Slatt (r) and Datamancer (l) in The Contraptors' Lounge at Maker Faire Bay Area 2008

Celebrating the life and work of innovative steampunk artisan Richard "Datamancer" Nagy. RIP, Doc. Read more »

Steve Hoefer <a href="">Mini Blind Minder</a> project,.

Got a cool home maker project or hack that's saving you some real bucks? We want to hear about it! Read more »


My dad and I were both Scouts, and I'd always assumed my sons and daughters would spend some time in one of these institutions to get the baseline skills they needed to be able to be fully functioning human beings. I began to wonder if the Scouts were still around... Read more »


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