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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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Use an Arduino, MakerShield, and ethernet shield to build an automatic water dispensing system to fill up your pet's water bowl while you're away. The sensors connected to the circuit know when the bowl is low - and filled - with water, and it can even tweet when the reservoir... Read more »

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Join us TODAY at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET for our second Weekend Projects Hangout On Air. We’ll be talking with MAKE Technical Editor Sean Michael Ragan about the Pedal Power Phone Charger, a simple AC-to-DC generator circuit for charging your cell phone (or any other gadget that sips a steady stream... Read more »

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Combine some common components and several pieces of software into one, and assemble this microcontroller-driven motion-sensing camera that records VGA resolution pictures to SD card. Read more »

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Join us today at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET for a quick 20-minute Hangout On Air with Tom Rodgers, maker of the TV-Go-Sleep Universal TV Timer, an Arduino-powered sleep-timer that will turn off any TV in range after a countdown. Read more »

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Combine some common components and several pieces of software into one, and assemble this microcontroller-driven motion-sensing camera that records VGA resolution pictures to SD card. The camera module is also capable of video output, and the project could be easily attached to an ethernet or WiFi shield turning the build... Read more »

The shuttered door of 3rd Ward. Photo via The Observer.

The sudden closing of Brooklyn's 3rd Ward has left many - makers, artists, teachers, and members - with questions about what happened and why there was no advanced notice of their shuttered doors. Read more »

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MAKE reader Scott recently built a modified version of the IR Pulse Sensor by Sean Ragan by combining it with elements from the original circuit, as designed by Let's Make Robots user MarkusB. Read more »