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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 My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

Latest from Sean Michael Ragan


I'm pretty sure whoever edited this recent video from Boston Dynamics showing their Wildcat robot prototype galloping across a parking lot had Muybridge's work of 120-odd years ago in mind, especially during the slow-motion sequence starting around 1:04. When I saw the video this morning I was struck by the... Read more »


Check out the sweet animated GIFs that Raleigh, NC photographer Shane Deruise put together for us from his shoot, for the MAKE Volume 35 "Playing With Fire" spread, of engineer Everett Bradford showing off his wrist-mounted "Pyro" costume flamethrower. Read more »


Taking your pulse is as simple as holding a finger to your neck or wrist and timing the beats with your watch. But if you want to record the data or use it to trigger events, you need to turn that mechanical pulsing action into an electrical signal. This sensor... Read more »


Drawdio is a simple electronic sound synthesizer build onto a pencil! Designed by Jay Silver, then a student in the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, the Drawdio circuit plays a musical tone with a frequency that varies based on the resistance between two points. The wire wrapped... Read more »


Don’t have an iron? Use a stamp to burn your mark! Read more »


While the user's away, the malware will play. Keep your computer out of online mischief, when you're not using it, by building this simple, foolproof, easy-bake hardware kill switch. Read more »


Our take on five commercial quadrotors ranging from toys to tools. Read more »


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