FIRST Robotics competition announced… via /. “FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has officially announced the 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition. This competition, started by inventor Dean Kamen, encourages high-school students to design and build robots to compete with and against other FRC teams. The competition overview video... Read more »

David Leadbeater created a service that distributes Wikipedia entries over DNS using TXT records. Simply looking up a TXT record for any subdomain of his service will pull a summary of the Wikipedia entry for the title of the same name. I had written some code to take wikipedia articles... Read more »

After a long day on Tatooine fighting off Sandpeople and haggling over the price of power converters, Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker walk into a droid… BaR2D2 is a radio-controlled, mobile bar that features a motorized beer elevator, motorized ice/mixer drawer, six-bottle shot dispenser, and sound activated neon lighting. The robot... Read more »

Make: television debuted 1/3/2009 7am PST online and on public television (broadcast / cable tv). The series encourages everyone to invent, revent, recycle, upcycle, and act up. Based on the popular Make magazine, each half-hour episode hopes to inspire viewers to think, create, and, well, make. Each episode can be... Read more »

Asteronimo writes about SliceModeler for Sketchup: Based on TIG‘s Slicer script I wrote a plugin that slices a solid 3d model along 2 axes, f.i. an X- and a Z-axis. You can enter separate parameters for each axis. After the slices have been created it calculates the slots for each... Read more »

Here is a recap of the 25 projects that I built for the MAKE blog in 2008. It’s been a great year at MAKE, and I look forward to doing a lot more builds in 2009. If you have any build suggestions for the upcoming year, please leave them in... Read more »

Don’t want to pack away all those fun colorful Christmas lights? Check out this informative writeup on how to use holiday lights with battery power. It was written primarily for the bulb based lights, but LED strings should work even better than the bulbed ones. Remember that each bulb uses... Read more »

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