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Software-defined radios (SDR) are gaining in popularity, and it’s not hard to see why — using them, your computer can tune into in an enormous range of frequencies, including FM radio, unencrypted police and fire bands, aircraft transponders, and in many countries, digital TV. The most popular SDR devices for... Read more »

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Last Sunday, the Park Day School and Studio One Art Center hosted the East Bay Mini Maker Faire. With over 170 makers showing off their latest projects and four stages packed with hours of presentations, the faire had something for everyone. One of the more exciting moments came from the... Read more »

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I worked out a system that lets you control all your animated Halloween props with a single microcontroller. Read more »

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Austrian musician Jerobeam Fenderson performs animations using oscilloscopes, and in this video demonstrates how to draw a mushroom on screen. Or a couple of mushrooms. Or a field of mushrooms! Read more »

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This incredible Halloween yard display featuring a full-sized pirate ghost ship wreck with a house in Lorain, Ohio, certainly makes my timbers shiver...with admiration. Read more »

Evolutions of a Zipper Pull Tab

Exhausted from heat inside a protective suit and burdened with layers of gloves, to disrobe you need to grasp and pull a tiny zipper tab. Who needs this challenge!? Not only would this be frustrating but it could be dangerous. Lack of dexterity and coordination can cause exposure to infection. One solution proposed at Fighting... Read more »

Mayfly; Ephemera danica; Length 135 cm including antennas; without antennas 40 cm; printed in 9 parts; antennas, wings, and grass made of different materials.

Klaus Leitl is an Austrian artist who makes insects. Incredibly lifelike insects such as the Mayfly shown above. He posted some examples on the Formlabs forums, and they quickly took notice. They’ve posted an interview with him about how 3D printing is changing his craft. The interview and accompanying pictures... Read more »

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