John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal

Latest from John Baichtal

I just love projects like this. Sun Boxes are an environment to enter and exit at will. It’s comprised of twenty speakers operating independently, each powered by the sun via solar panels. There is a different loop set to play a guitar note in each box continuously. These guitar notes... Read more »

I really enjoyed this surprising and clever post by Jonathan Liu on the GeekDad blog. When I saw the headline I immediately started thinking of all the plastic toys in my house, and then saw #1: a stick. This versatile toy is a real classic — chances are your great-great-grandparents... Read more »

A clever idea, first reported by Gareth a couple years ago: Architects are trying to figure out how to use quadrotors to haul and place individual bricks. The above link is in French; here’s a Google translation. In 2011, Gramazio & Kohler and Raffaello D’Andrea launched a pioneering project around... Read more »

Thursday, December 1st marks the beginning of the latest iteration of Roboexotica, an annual cocktail robotics gathering held since 1999. Roboexotica is the annual festival where scientists, researchers, computer experts and artists from all over the world build cocktail robots and discuss technological innovation, futurology and science fiction.Until recently, no... Read more »

Iain Sharp’s Vibrati Punk Console (VPC) is my choice for the Gift Singularity. The VPC (£20) is a spinoff of Forrest Mims’ legendary Atari Punk Console, an elegantly simple 555-based synth that has caught on as one of the legendary DIY projects of yore. The VPC mixes it up by... Read more »

OpenPnP is a project to create the plans, prototype and software for a completely Open Source SMT pick and place machine that anyone can afford. I believe that with the ubiquity of cheap, precise motion control hardware, some ingenuity and plenty of Open Source software it should be possible to... Read more »

Marcus Olsson and Fredrik Leijon built a zeppelin that uses a Fio, Xbee, and TV-B-Gone added to a toy RC blimp, and is controlled by a Wiimote. My favorite detail, the Lego Technics gears they added. Read more »


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