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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!

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Join us later today for our sixth installment of Weekend Projects Hangouts On Air. We’ll be chatting with the author of Make: Electronics, Charles Platt, who in MAKE Volume 15 theorized a hypothetical tremolo wheel. Years later MAKE Technical Editor Sean Ragan would build this project, giving us the Optical... Read more »


Netherlands-based artist and maker Victor Sonna produces these chaotic, but functional bicycles from objects "we refuse to destroy" or throw away. A member of the Collaboration-O arts collective and avid cyclist in Eindhoven, Sonna gives his bicycles titles that pay homage to modern artists, popularly known for their paintings. Read more »


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 »


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