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Nick Normal

Nick Normal

I'm an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!

Latest from Nick Normal

Prototype of a Philips Hue lighting control system called "DOD" by Jay Zehngebot.

I recently visited ITP's 2013 Winter Show at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Here's a slideshow of what students there have been up to lately. Read more »

Create retro-looking dialplates to display streams of digital data from the Internet in just a few easy steps.

Data Dial Dashboard joins our beginner-friendly electronics series, Weekend Projects, as a moderately difficult build. The case design and layout is fun and simple, made from balsa wood and uses ink or laserjet printouts for all the displays (or a laser cutter for those with access to one). Even the... Read more »


Join us at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET LIVE on Google+ Hangouts On Air to discuss the Touchless 3D Tracking Interface with MAKE contributor Steve Hobley. This project turns everyday materials into a virtual interface controlled by an Arduino. Read more »


The team from Incredible Machines have rigged up an Xmas tree using WiFi web-socket connected (and Arduino-powered) Visualight light bulbs and LED strips (crowdfunded back in October, 2012). You can interact with their "TreeeeeTMMMMM" at this website. If they're working nearby I apologize, because I keep setting colors to "blink... Read more »


Cast your votes for your favorite Ultimate Maker Vehicle. Two days remain and the grand prize winner will receive a hefty $10K prize with the possibility their vehicle will be built next year in Detroit! Read more »

Read about NYC Makery's first pop-up, and the Lessons Learned from their experience.

Every day this week NYC's The Makery will be presenting workshops at a new pop-up space in Harlem. From light sensors to an introduction to 3D design to MaKey MaKey instrument controllers, it's a fun time to learn! Read more »

Learn how to build this Kogawa-influenced FM transmitter.

Using a single piece of copper-clad board as the common ground, build this Kogawa-influenced FM transmitter using the "Manhattan style" for soldering your circuit. This transmitter uses a homemade coil and relatively small number of common components. Soldering skill is required! Read more »


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