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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

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Homemade guitars are very popular here at MAKE, and the License Plate Guitar joins a long list of DIY resonator instruments. Build your own version and strum to the beat of a homemade sound with Weekend Projects! Read more »

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We recently reached out to a handful of makers and asked them to submit designs of their Ultimate Maker Vehicle. Their blueprint was to involve a 2014 Ford Transit Connect that we’ve previously profiled as a versatile maker-mobile. Makers were given an imaginary budget and specific build constraints. And now... Read more »

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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 »

Guernica

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 »

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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 »

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

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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 »