Latest from Phillip Torrone


Hacker Scouts: Open Lab @ Ace Monster Toys. Ace Monster Toys presents Hacker Scouts Got a Maker kind of kid? Traditional kind of scouting not a good fit? Want to Build community with other maker families? Hacker Scouts is a new program designed to acquire new skills, reinforce knowledge, provide... Read more »


North Carolina Teen Named Recipient of ARRL’s 2011 Hiram Percy Maxim Award: Derek Brown, W4DTB, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was named the recipient of the 2011 Hiram Percy Maxim Award. Brown, who is 14, has been licensed since 2010 and holds an Amateur Extra class license. Derek first became... Read more »


The Raspberry Pi Foundation US Hackspace Tour is coming! Liz writes – Rob Bishop is one of the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s developers and a super-enthusiastic tech-evangelist type. He’s volunteered to go visit a number of hackspaces in the US in a sort of Regency Grand Tour style (only with aeroplanes... Read more »


The times they are a-changin’. Companies selling electronics to makers, hobbyists, and professionals will also need to teach and inspire. Selling the bits just isn’t enough. This week’s Soapbox is all about the growing trend of hardware makers becoming online educational destinations in addition to simply supplying product. Good information... Read more »


My partner Ladyada of Adafruit Industries is a finalist for “Entrepreneur Of 2012”. I feel like the maker movement has grown up together, and now many of us have become businesses. Best of all, I think the open-source hardware companies out there have done a great job at keeping their... Read more »

Open Hardware Summit Tickets On Sale!. Dustyn writes – Have you seen our incredible lineup of speakers yet? We have a lot of fresh blood mixed in with a few names you’ll probably recognize, and we are extremely excited to host such a diverse group. TICKETS Please, purchase your tickets... Read more »

The world’s first 3D-printed gun: An American gunsmith has become the first person to construct and shoot a pistol partly made out of plastic, 3D-printed parts. The creator, user HaveBlue from the AR-15 forum, has reportedly fired 200 rounds with his part-plastic pistol without any sign of wear and tear.... Read more »