Glass Teardown

A beautifully presented and detailed teardown of Project Glass by Scott Torborg and Star Simpson. With no idea what lay ahead they took apart, and then put back together, their Glass Explorer Edition. Read more »


Ben Krasnow gives a walkthrough on building a hybrid rocket engine by combining clear acrylic with gaseous oxygen. Read more »


From his backyard lab in Redwood City (a stone's throw away from Maker Faire -- well, maybe with the aid of a trebuchet) Ben makes things that usually require a lot of money and sophisticated equipment: an electron scanning microscope, silica aerogel, and freeze-dried astronaut ice cream. Read more »


Inspired by Chris Gammell’s post about “trickle down techonomy,” Ben Krasnow posted this how-to video on making your own Astronaut Ice Cream. He used a vacuum pump, dry ice, and various hoses and fittings to freeze dry ice cream that can be easily enjoyed any time you’re out in space... Read more »

Aerogels are fascinating materials, with lots of interesting and, frankly, amazing properties, but they are not easy to make. These days, industrial manufacture with an eye towards commercial applications, primarily as thermal insulators, is bringing the price down some, at least for granules, but larger pieces still cost around $50... Read more »

A liquid lens is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. The really cool thing about them is that, though they have no moving parts (unless you count the liquid itself), they can achieve a pretty wide range of dynamically-variable focal lengths over a relatively short optical path. When I... Read more »

As I wrote about a month ago, one of the many unusual phenomena Ben Krasnow has produced in his garage is supercritical CO2. As you may recall, Ben machined a custom acrylic pressure vessel so he could get (and give) a good look at a state of matter that most... Read more »


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