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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

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 »

Create retro-looking dialplates to display streams of digital data from the Internet in just a few easy steps.

Data Dial Dashboard joins our beginner-friendly electronics series, Weekend Projects, as a moderately difficult build. The case design and layout is fun and simple, made from balsa wood and uses ink or laserjet printouts for all the displays (or a laser cutter for those with access to one). Even the... Read more »


Join us at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET LIVE on Google+ Hangouts On Air to discuss the Touchless 3D Tracking Interface with MAKE contributor Steve Hobley. This project turns everyday materials into a virtual interface controlled by an Arduino. Read more »


The team from Incredible Machines have rigged up an Xmas tree using WiFi web-socket connected (and Arduino-powered) Visualight light bulbs and LED strips (crowdfunded back in October, 2012). You can interact with their "TreeeeeTMMMMM" at this website. If they're working nearby I apologize, because I keep setting colors to "blink... Read more »


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