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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


The Optical Tremolo Box was inspired by Charles Platt's "Stomp Box Basics" article (MAKE Volume 15, page 82), which theorized using a light sensor to read patterns on a rotating disk to create a tremolo effect. Taking the project from theory to reality, MAKE Technical Editor Sean Ragan used a... Read more »


Cellular Sensor Sentinel is a fun and accessible way to explore basic sensors while simultaneously learning about core cellular protocols GSM & GPRS. Read more »


Bitalino is a “low-cost toolkit” designed for researchers and students alike to explore the physiological world with various sensors. The board contains multiple sensors that can operate as a single system or snapped off into their individual blocks for applications ranging from electromyography, electrocardiography, accelerometry, light, and more. We caught... Read more »


Join us at the scheduled time for our fifth Weekend Projects Hangouts On Air. We'll be talking with Jay Silver, maker of the Drawdio and MaKey MaKey musical invention kit. Read more »


The Beatband Sleeve joins a long list of projects attempting to read the human-mechanical heartbeat and visualize it as an electrical signal. Whether using midi controllers or operational amplifiers or infrared technology (and more recently IR in combination with an op-amp), makers love wearing their heartbeats as pendants or simply... Read more »

Sing-a-long Song Devocalizer

Whether you’re an aspiring singer-songwriter or simply want to focus on an instrument in one of your favorite songs, you’ll want to remove the vocals track. Hardware and software options are available, but what if there was a quick plug-n-play solution? Charleston, South Carolina-based maker Jeffrey M. Goller stumbled upon... Read more »


Jimmy Kimmel's resident maker Science Bob conducted some live experiments on television recently and it reminded some of us around the MAKE water cooler of his stage presentations at New York's World Maker Faire back in September. Read more »