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The first full-sized, mobile, dual-weapon battling MegaBot made its debut at Maker Faire Bay Area on Saturday, firing giant homemade paintballs at a helpless art car (donated for the purpose) and thrilling the crowd with its menacing height and ear-splitting pneumatic cannons. You’ve probably heard about MegaBots, the proposed giant... Read more »

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Shopbot now has open-source FabMo software, a digital fabrication platform for PC, Mac, Linux, and mobile, and Sturmer hopes to see developers building apps for it Read more »

Dash Robot Kit

Once you get exposure to a laser cutter, you’re hooked. It’s an amazing tool for precise cuts, but creating hinges is not a strength. The hinges on the Dash Robot Kit are what caught my eye. The frame of the robot takes shape instantly along hinges from a flat piece of laser... Read more »

The Versatility of Dremel Shines at Maker Faire

  If you were to ask the collective Maker community to name their go-to tool, the enthusiastic response would be Dremel. No matter the project, the Maker will often tell you how they had to “go at it with a Dremel” to get it done. The beauty of the familiar,... Read more »

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The master gardeners of UC Davis have brought an educational and project-based booth to this year’s Bay Area Maker Faire. Their information includes directives on how to lose your lawn, and plant alternative ground coverage. The best lawn alternatives are California native plants and flowers, which are naturally drought resistant. When... Read more »

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Voting in the Pitch Your Prototype challenge (a contest organized by Make: and Cornell University in which the winning individual or team will take home $5,000 to continue development of their prototype) will close at midnight on Monday. To cast your vote, look at the full gallery of submissions, and read the rules to... Read more »

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If you’re sick of cutting logs into mere halves for firewood, here’s a new idea, an axe that can instead split a log into quadrants in only one blow! British Columbia resident K. Holmz decided to make his after buying a welder. He had nothing to weld except axe heads,... Read more »