For most people, playing drums is all about perfecting the skill of actually playing. In Tom Featherstone’s case, however, he decided to learn how to actually build them as well. Featherstone got his start with the “technical side” of drums by first taking apart his 10-year-old electronic drum kit to replace... Read more »

zip line and screening not as wide

A 3-day weekend is approaching and it’s a great opportunity to sit down, by yourself or with your kids, and work on a project. There are so many projects to choose from on makezine.com, but here is a quick collection of 10 fun projects that would be great for this weekend.... Read more »

The Maiden Flight

Build your own quadrotor airframe from hardware store parts, then trick it out with stabilized onboard video and autonomous flight. Read more »

DJ Qbert Scratches Tesla Coil

It doesn’t get much better than the world renowned DJ Qbert scratching insanely fast, except when every scratch is not just expressed as sound, but also sparks off of a tesla coil. That’s exactly what took place during Maker Faire Bay Area when DJ Qbert took to the stage to... Read more »

David West

This year’s Maker Faire Bay Area has come to a close, and while we are sad to see it go, it also gave us the opportunity to acknowledge the hard work of those Makers who brought the best, most fun, engaging, memorable, and educational exhibits. One of the biggest perks of... Read more »

DFRobot's Ricky Ye with a Make: magazine editor's choice blue ribbon

DFRobot is a Shanghai-based open source hardware facilitator whose mission is to encourage people to develop their own products and simply enable more rapid project creation. We caught up with Hector Saldana of DFRobot to find out more about the company’s offerings. Saldana notes one of their main focuses of... Read more »

Airic robot aarm developed by Festo AG uses air muscles controlled by tiny piezo proportional valves, 2007. —Credit: Festo AG & Co. KG

A father’s love inspired this A-bomb maker to invent a pneumatic actuator that’s used in robots today. Read more »