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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

Levers of the Third Class

In 1969, human beings first set foot on the moon. The mission was Apollo 11. Here are eleven tools that helped us do it. These are not rockets, spaceships, or robots--though those are certainly "tools," in their own way--but humbler implements, having more in common with the bone club (to... Read more »

3/6 - The vacuum head

Born out of a collaboration at famed Chicago hackerspace Pumping Station One, Board Forge is a six-person startup developing a prosumer-grade, open-source circuit board assembly robot. This weekend at SXSW Create, I got a chance to snap a few photos of their prototype version 1.0 while chatting with founder Jeff... Read more »

Bike Projector Heads Down Display In Motion

So far the coolest thing I've seen at SXSW has been this clever early-stage prototype from our own Matt Richardson. It's a "dynamic bike headlight" which can project your speed (and other useful information) onto the road surface in front of you. Matt showed off the proof-of-concept build, this morning,... Read more »

From left to right, San Francisco Hardware Startup Organizer Nick Pinkston, Memoto co-founders Martin Källström and Oskar Kalmaru, Ube founder Utz Baldwin, Cinetics founder Justin Jensen, and event organizers Bartley Gillan and Ryan Brown.

This afternoon, more than sixty hardware hackers, makers, movers, and shakers defied the drizzle to gather under a large tent at Autodesk's SXSW Create pavillion for the official SXSW Hardware Startup Meetup. Organized and hosted by Ryan Brown and Bartley Gillan, the main event was a panel discussion and open... Read more »

ShapeLock Sanding Blocks

Inspired by the Sandables concept that recently made the rounds, we've been experimenting with adding abrasive grit to polycaprolactone (aka ShapeLock) thermoplastic to make rigid sanding blocks that can be reformed, with mild heating, to fit into hard-to-reach nooks and crannies on your work. Read more »