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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

02/17: Plywood Secret Compartment, Yi Ting Ching (link)

To celebrate the publication of my little Door-Top Stash project in MAKE Vol 34, I've rounded up a pseudorandom smattering of some of my favorite secret-stash posts from our online archives. Some of these link to MAKE page, some like to outside content, and some (in a few cases where... Read more »


Number four in our daily line-up of Hardware Innovation Workshop prototype contest entries is the LumiGeek LED4DIY family of RGB LED control shields. LumiGeek recently made a big splash, online, for their part in the collaboration (with Autodesk engineers Arthur Harsuvanakit and Evan Atherton) that produced this beautiful one-off 3D-printed... Read more »


Founded in 1989 by a handful of dedicated "pyros," the Western Pyrotechnics Association is a west-coast answer to the older Pyrotechnics Guild International (PGI) and other fireworks enthusiast and advocacy groups. The WPA works with hobbyists and professionals to promote fireworks safety, educate about the science and art of fireworks... Read more »

Foldimate 01

Continuing our run-up coverage to MAKE's 2013 Hardware Innovation Workshop is number three in our "pitches with prototypes" contest: the FoldiMate 5000 Alpha laundry-folding robot from co-founders Gal Rozov, Dr. Ted Selker, and Robert Ford. Read more »

Open Clock Project

Next in our run-up coverage for the MAKE 2013 Hardware Innovation Workshop is Craig Bonsignore's Open Clock Project. Bonsignore is a biomedical engineer with more than fifteen years of experience designing, developing, and analyzing cardiovascular implants. And he's fed up with badly designed alarm clocks. Read more »

Adafruit HAL 9000 Repsimile

Aaaaaaaaand we have a serious new contender for the title of Best Who's-in-the-Box Ever. Adafruit senior designer Phillip Burgess was inspired by customers' observations that their new-ish 10 cm "Massive Red Arcade Button" looks a lot like the iconic eye of Clarke and Kubrick's famously malevolent mainframe. For sheer comedic... Read more »

Douglas Smith's "First Light" Dobsonian Telescope

Oakland resident Douglas Smith is an architect by training, working as a BIM / CAD manager at the San Francisco offices of internationally-renowned skyscraper architects Skidmore Owings & Merrill. In 2006, co-worker and amateur astronomer David Frey persuaded him to take an amateur telescope-making class at The Randall Museum, taught... Read more »