John Baichtal

John Baichtal

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

Latest from John Baichtal

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Don Coleman demonstrates using both Adafruit's and Seeed Studio's NFC shields to read Near-Field Communication (NFC) tags. Read more »


uFactory's uArm is equipped with a vacuum pump and solenoid valve, allowing it to lift even heavy things like a can of soda Read more »

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David Gilday's MindCub3r robot is made from a single Lego Mindstorms EV3 set and solves mixed-up Rubik's Cubes. Read more »

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Jason Kridner, a software architecture manager at TI and co-founder of, shows how to program a BeagleBone to run Open-CV and face-detection algorithms. Read more »


littleBits' Synth Kit it's a series of open-source synthesizer modules, co-designed with synth legends Korg. In short, it lets kids experiment with electronic music. Read more »

John Schimmel and Holly Cohen talk about New York City organization DIYability, which offers maker workshops focusing on tool use, collaboration, and assistive technology for disabled kids. Read more »


Dexter Industries, maker of the BrickPi shield for the Raspberry Pi, put the shield to test in this sweet Kindle-reading Lego robot. Read more »