Michael Castor

Michael Castor

I am the Evangelist for the Maker Shed. It seems that there is no limit to my making interests. I'm a tinkerer at heart and have a passion for solving problems and figuring out how things work. When not working for Make I can be found falling off my unicycle, running in adverse weather conditions, skiing down the nearest hill, restoring vintage motorcycles, or working on my car.

Latest from Michael Castor


This tutorial series from our friends over at EZ-Robot shows you how you can build your own robot using items from around the house (like cardboard boxes) and the EZ-Robot Complete Kit (available in the Maker Shed). The resulting "BoxBot" not only looks cute, it's quite capable! Read more »


Want to add a human element into your Arduino projects? This video, narrated by a voice that sounds suspiciously like Christoper Walken, gives you tips, tricks, and advice for getting the Pulse Sensor up and running. Read more »


In celebration of our favorite irrational number, we're offering a limited number of Raspberry Pi boards bundled with the Getting Started with Raspberry Pi book for $54.99. This deal will only be available today or until we run out! Read more »


With over 1,000,000 Raspberry Pi's in the wild, it wouldn't surprise me if there are some left unused, tucked away in their boxes, waiting for a killer app. I'm here to tell you that that killer app is Raspbmc, and you can set it up in about 20 minutes. Read more »


Our friends Nick, Kevin, and Jess from Parallax just released this video with tips for getting started with the ELEV-8 Quadcopter. It outlines common beginner mistakes and how to correct them, along how to safely get airborne the first time out. Read more »


In Soviet Russia you don't tell time. Time is told to you with a vacuum tube! Relive the Cold War (at least the neat tech part of it) with Adafuit's Ice Tube Clock Kit. It's this week's Deal of the Week in the Maker Shed so don't miss out! Read more »


After selling out completely over the Holidays, a new shipment of Arcbotics' Hexy the Hexipod has arrived in the Maker Shed. Hexy comes in kit form with well written documentation and tutorials which make learning complex robotics straightforward and fun! Read more »