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

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A guide to making interlocking, self-aligning, and demountable joints in flat stock. Read more »

Our illustrated guide to finding your way around a modern multirotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Read more »

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BEAM robotics is about getting the most complex and interesting behaviors from the simplest circuits and components. The SunBEAM Seeker is a very simple LM386-based light-seeking robot based on Randy Sargent's classic "Herbie" BEAM design. Build this little bot and it will follow a black line traced on a white... Read more »

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Take it from one who knows: this stuff is awesome. Even if you have no idea what it does or why anyone would care. Read more »

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FM transmitters can be complicated to build, but not this one — it's about the easiest you can possibly make. And though the science of radio is well understood, there's a magical, emotional quality about it that we don't often stop to appreciate. Building your own radio receiver — or... Read more »

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Mad props to NPR's All Tech Considered blog for namechecking MAKE (and yours truly) yesterday in this n00b-friendly piece about the prospect of building one's own 3D printer. MC Rae Bichell quotes me on my favorite four-word description of fused-filament printers as "robot hot glue guns," and drops a link... Read more »