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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 write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.

Latest from Sean Michael Ragan

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

CWopener

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

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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 »

4_DJI_Pantom2-Vision

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

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Adapt a retro-style headlight generator to charge your cell phone with this simple circuit. Read more »

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