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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

The first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1, has been out for a couple of months now, and it’s turned out to be a nicely hackable phone. Google has opened things up a bit more by making a read-only development branch, “cupcake”, available for public perusal. If you’re wondering when we’ll... Read more »

Greater City: Providence has a post on some recent LED lighting news (good stuff+links in the blog and the comments), including links to a couple of articles on LED streetlights in NYC, Ann Arbor, and others: Since LEDs use less power than existing halogen, incandescent, or even fluorescent bulbs, it... Read more »

Ecolect, a great sustainable materials resource, has created their GreenBox. It’s a subscription to eco-friendly material samples so you can check out physical samples of materials you might want to make something with: Every 3 months, we release a sampling of 12 cutting-edge materials, packaged in a durable box that... Read more »

The folks at Tellart have made an amazing Augmented Reality (AR) holiday card that you can play around with yourself: you’ll need Flash player (version 9), a webcam, and a printer (so you can print out the AR objects). The project was made using FLARToolkit and Papervision 3D. Check out... Read more »

If you’re still looking for a great last-minute gift, how about a subscription to MAKE or a gift certificate for the Maker Shed? Better yet, how about a customized version of the gift card or gift certificate? I took one of the gift cards and the DIY Design Electronics Kit... Read more »

100 classic books are coming to the Nintendo DS on December 26 in the UK, with support for downloadable books. The DS could make a nice ebook reader if it’s done right: Turn your Nintendo DS into a pocket-sized library with 100 timeless novels from some of the greatest writers... Read more »

This is a great development; Google is selling G1s that are not only unlocked, but that will accept unofficial builds of the Android operating system. Google’s warning will be pure delight for makers and hackers: “Since the devices can be configured with system software not provided by or supported by... Read more »