Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

Latest from Sean Michael Ragan

tweez

I’ve always been interested in electronics, but when I started publishing projects professionally, I got interested in photography, too. I soon realized that with BEAM robots and other small “artisanal” circuits, the batteries are one of the largest and most visible components, and which brand you choose — the colors,... Read more »

Looking around my styrofoam plate hovercraft for a place to mount a switch, I hit upon the battery clip itself. I thought of a bunch of projects — from breadboarding to BEAM robotics to Arduino — where a 9V battery clip with a built-in power switch could come in handy.... Read more »

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Look, ma, no plugs! Make a totally wireless bag to charge your mobile devices, and kiss connectors goodbye. Read more »

in-use

A single fully-charged AA battery is incapable of powering high-flux LEDs. However with the aid of a toroid, bipolar NPN transistor, and the popular Joule Thief circuit, you can even turn "dead" batteries into a capable flashlight power source. Read more »

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Turn tunes into 'toons with a robot arm controlled via headphone jack. Read more »

Lift-Contrasty-For-Thumb

Check out our original photo guide to sculptor Michael Gard's magic method. Read more »

robot_army

"Robot Army" installation glows in the dark, responds to gestures via Kinect. Read more »