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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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Mark Frauenfelder teaches a crowd at Engadget Expand how to build a basic circuit. Using a 555 timer, breadboard, and some common components, participants used conductive paint to design a touch-circuit on paper. We’ve captured his presentation and you can follow along at home: Originally published Nov. 10, 2013.   Read more »

BEAM designs favor discrete components, stimulus-response control systems, and analog logic.

BEAM is an acronym for Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics, Mechanics. This episode of Weekend Projects will show you how to assemble a light-seeking bot built around a simple analog circuit in combination with pairs of infrared phototransistors, motors, and battery packs. Read more »


Providence-based makers James Rutter and Matt Stultz recently discussed AS220 Labs, home 3D printers, and the Robohand project on Dan Yorke's State of Mind television show. Read more »

Calliope in operation

Revelers have been tooting in the New Year at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with steam-powered whistles since 1965. Here's a tour of the Engine Room that provides the whistles and a homemade calliope with their steam. Read more »


Congratulations to all the makers who competed in the first Ultimate Maker Vehicle Challenge. From 10 awesome entries, here are the winners! Read more »


Join us later today for our tenth and final installment for 2013’s Weekend Projects Hangouts On Air. We’ll be discussing the Beatband Sleeve, that turns your pulse into flashing LEDs. While there are many ways to achieve this, the Beatband Sleeve takes a novel approach to both making and learning.... Read more »

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 »


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