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Brian Jepson

Brian Jepson

I'm a tinkerer and finally reached the point where I fix more things than I break. When I'm not tinkering, I'm probably editing a book for Maker Media.

Latest from Brian Jepson

Electric light feels very different from candle light. Even the best electric lights seem frozen in place, or blink and move awkwardly. I decided this year that I wanted to do something with candles again - something safely outdoors, far from the children and the house, but something beautiful. That... Read more »

Back in November at AnDevCon II, I met Jonathan Hirshon of Horizon Communications, who hooked me up with a complimentary robot from My Robot Nation. This had nothing to do with Android; it probably came up because we had a MakerBot running in O’Reilly’s booth printing out little Androids (using... Read more »

Broadly defined, a Cool Tool can be any book, gadget, software, video, map, hardware, material, or website that has proven utility. The reviews there are not the kind of comparative reviews you’ll find in magazines and other websites, which give pros and cons for each item. Rather, our reviews are... Read more »

It's that time of the year again, and we would like to take the opportunity to re-cap what the last year has brought. So here's the Fritzmas challenge 2011: You show us what you did, and we give you what we did. Read more »

Although it should not difficult to get sketches written for previous Arduino versions working with Arduino 1.0, that release has important changes you need to be aware of. The first thing you will notice when launching the software is the look of the IDE. Some icons are different from previous... Read more »

GHI Electronics is proudly contributing to the open-source-hardware community and .NET Gadgeteer community. We have released the complete sources for numerous Gadgeteer modules and for FEZ Hydra, which is the first 100% open-source .NET Gadgeteer mainboard. Armed with a 240Mhz ARM9 processor, FEZ Hydra is a powerful solution that's even... Read more »

Fabien Royer and Bertrand Le Roy wrote in to let us know about their latest creation, an RGB video wall made with a Netduino Mini and an Adafruit LED strip: What’s not to like about RGB LEDs? With their bright, mesmerizing glow, often capable of displaying millions of colors, they’re... Read more »


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