Building your own laptop, tablet, or cellphone might sound impossible. It’s not.
From vacuum-tube amplifiers to homebrew computers, amateurs with wiley gumption have traditionally conquered self-built electronic gadgets in short order. Recreating the spectacular capabilities of today’s pocket-sized devices at home has been a bigger challenge, but new access to shrinking hardware and open-source software is now helping eager makers assemble their own cutting edge mobile devices in their home workshops.
Without question, the costs for mass manufacturing are the most critical expenses when bringing a new hardware product to market.
- Posted by John Teel | May 22nd, 2017 6:00 AM
The Voltera V-One minimizes the mess and makes DIY printed circuit board (PCB) production more accurate and automated.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 17th, 2017 5:00 AM
EMS Labs returns to Maker Faire Bay Area with the latest progress on their giant, retro-licious transistor-scale 6502 microprocessor.
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | May 15th, 2017 4:35 PM
Nvidia's GTC conference was full of creative minds that were putting different pieces of Nvidia tech through its paces.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | May 12th, 2017 11:47 AM
If you gut an old TV, you can replace more of its innards with a Raspberry Pi and make a fully functioning portable video game console.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | May 11th, 2017 5:30 AM
GTC is held specifically to help GPU developers connect, learn, discover, and innovate. It is quite the opportunity.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | April 28th, 2017 10:06 AM
Can a relative newbie build his own cellphone from parts he buys in the Huaqiangbei markets?
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | April 13th, 2017 2:29 PM
Makers and creators of all sorts from all over Scotland will show off their projects and creations at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire.
- Posted by Stefano Ragusa | March 31st, 2017 6:15 AM
Making a handheld Linux device with the Raspberry Pi Zero W may seem a daunting task, but is easier than you think with the right materials.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | March 28th, 2017 6:00 AM
In the technology world, the Internet of Things is the hottest ticket around these days. This goes for consumer devices and maker tools alike. RS Components wants to get you participating in this space, and have put a batch of prizes on the line to see what IoT ideas you […]
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | March 14th, 2017 6:00 AM
Check out the physical toys that help teach computer programming that were on display at the New York Toy Fair.
- Posted by Kathy Ceceri | March 2nd, 2017 6:00 AM
Learn how to use the open source ROS platform to bring your robot to life.
- Posted by Ben Martin | January 20th, 2017 6:00 AM
Lyberty5 builds amazing, custom gaming equipment. From simple to complex builds, you're going to want to watch these.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 3rd, 2016 8:00 AM
New prototypes from Microsoft show interesting methods of simulating sensory input
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 18th, 2016 6:04 AM
Windows is one of the most widely used operating systems in the world, and LattePanda has created a single board computer with Windows 10.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | August 18th, 2016 5:00 AM
Motorola's new Moto Z smartphone is designed for hacking with easy magnetic snap-on enhancements, perfboard, and personality cards.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | August 17th, 2016 5:00 AM
The iPhone has lots of fancy music dock options, but if you own an Android phone, this is an affordable DIY alternative.
- Posted by Shivasiddharth Uma | August 16th, 2016 5:00 AM
Faced with the prospect of moving three times in one year, Mitch Willing built a sliding steel mount for his 3 monitors and computer.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | July 22nd, 2016 6:00 AM
As prices tumble, lidar is becoming the go-to tool for autonomous robotic vision — and its applications go well beyond autonomous vehicles.
- Posted by Nathan Hurst | July 5th, 2016 5:30 AM
See Virtual Reality prototypes that Valve have never shown publicly before!
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 21st, 2016 6:00 AM
Have an idea you’d like to bring to market? In this series, John Teel walks through the process of scaling up from prototype to production. Follow each installment for a closer look at how to incorporate individual components. Do you dream of developing a hot, new hardware gadget and bringing […]
- Posted by John Teel | June 13th, 2016 5:30 AM
When someone misheard a project pitch in a meeting, I knew I had to create the hilarious result.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 2nd, 2016 5:00 AM
The Monster 6502 is an incredible homage to the chip that revolutionized home computing.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | May 27th, 2016 5:00 AM
DragonBoard 410c Returns to Maker Faire Last year at Maker Faire Qualcomm® upped its game in an effort to attract Makers and other developers to their DragonBoard™ 410c development board. This year the chip manufacturing giant returns to Maker Faire Bay Area with demos of custom apps, games, and robots […]
- Posted by Andrew Terranova | May 20th, 2016 12:18 PM
This past week we contemplated what we'd do with a quantum computer, debated replacing the lenses in our eyeballs, and drank too much coffee.
- Posted by Lisa Martin | May 8th, 2016 8:00 AM
One big problem with smart light bulbs is that the smarts are in the bulb. They don’t play nice with the light switch on the wall. In fact, you can make most smart light bulb systems unresponsive just by using your wall switch! We really need to replace the switch, […]
without the right software, much of the hardware in a makerspace is a lot less useful and some of it is downright useless.
- Posted by Will Holman | May 2nd, 2016 5:00 AM
This simple Raspberry Pi-Powered Linux laptop uses off-the-shelf parts, can be hooked up to a TV or monitor, and it fits in your pocket.
- Posted by Chris Robinson | April 21st, 2016 5:30 AM
What do you do when you get a free Gear VR headset with your new phone? Make a bike route for your stationary bike!
- Posted by Alexander Busch | April 14th, 2016 5:00 AM
High school and university students will soon be getting the opportunity to use Oculus Rift as part of their next MLH hackathon experience.
- Posted by Jonathan Gottfried | April 8th, 2016 7:00 AM
With virtual reality you can really get wild with your game interfaces. Spaceship control panels? Easy. An actual parachute harness? Awesome.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | April 7th, 2016 5:30 AM
Virtual reality gaming is inspiring Makers to create a whole new set of game interfaces. This one takes a VR pinball to the next level.
- Posted by Jeremy Williams | April 1st, 2016 5:00 AM
With just a few clicks, you can get your coworkers good with these computer pranks fit for April Fools' Day.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | March 31st, 2016 6:30 AM
Getting started with VR doesn't have to cost anything. Some of the best software possible is absolutely free.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | March 24th, 2016 6:00 AM
This classy computer case was made using basic woodworking and computer skills. It looks great and can be done by a novice.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | March 24th, 2016 5:00 AM
New toys on the market are trending toward physical building block styles with integrated digital components. Here are our favorites from New York Toy Fair.
- Posted by Kathy Ceceri | February 20th, 2016 8:00 AM
One size DOESN'T fit all, especially when it comes to education. MaKey MaKey lets teachers tailor tech education for student needs.
- Posted by Sophia Smith | February 19th, 2016 5:00 AM
Using the open source software OpenHAB, we’ll be building a Raspberry Pi touchscreen command center that can interface with over 150 different “smart home” products, and provide an interface for control and task scheduling. Instead of using an existing product though, we’ll build our own WiFi enabled […]
- Posted by Jordan Bunker | February 11th, 2016 12:45 PM
Constant drops and outages with your broadband connection can drive you to frustration, but you can use the Raspberry Pi, and a little bit of command line scripting to monitor it.
- Posted by Alasdair Allan | February 1st, 2016 9:56 AM
Imagine an laptop you could pass down to your kids. Kurt Mottweiler walks us through the design considerations in making an heirloom laptop.
- Posted by Kurt Mottweiler | January 15th, 2016 5:30 AM
Virtual reality headsets are becoming more accessible, affordable, and now you can use the Oculus Rift with your home PC.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | January 6th, 2016 9:55 AM
Bending beneath your desk to turn on your computer can be so tedious. This Mario mystery block button makes turning on your computer fun!
- Posted by Sophia Smith | December 21st, 2015 6:30 AM
Backers of the castAR Kickstarter won't be left empty-handed even as castAR backs out of their campaign pledges.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 18th, 2015 10:41 AM
We're launching a new series of articles here at Make: about DIY virtual reality. First, I’ll be covering the basics of how you can build these worlds in Unity.
- Posted by Patrick Catanzariti | December 17th, 2015 6:00 AM
You don't need a fancy robot (or even a computer!) to teach kids how to code.
- Posted by Ben Wheeler | December 17th, 2015 5:00 AM
Ada Lovelace turns 200 today. In her honor, let's talk about how the current STEM field treats women — and what we can do about it.
- Posted by Sophia Smith | December 10th, 2015 7:00 AM
The PINE64 board is a $15 quad-core 64-bit 1.2GHz computer with 512MB of RAM, which is quite a bit of power at a very low price.
- Posted by David Scheltema | December 9th, 2015 2:07 PM
It's never been easier to jump into the world of computer science. This week is the perfect opportunity to learn programming for Hour of Code.
- Posted by Michelle "Binka" Hlubinka | December 9th, 2015 5:00 AM
- Posted by Lauren McCarthy | December 7th, 2015 5:00 AM
Google and Zac Posen designed a light-up LED dress to promote Made with Code, a new non-profit inspiring more young girls to learn computer science.
- Posted by Sophia Smith | December 3rd, 2015 9:10 AM
Now there are two capable, sub-$10 computers for Makers — the $5 Pi Zero and the $9 C.H.I.P. — we compare the specs of each.
- Posted by David Scheltema | November 28th, 2015 5:30 AM
Create your very own full-size Star Wars BB-8 self-balancing robot using these instructions.
- Posted by Eric Boehlke | November 20th, 2015 6:00 AM
The Jetson TX1 Developer Kit makes it more practical to develop super-smart bots and other 'autonomous' devices
- Posted by Patrick Houston | November 16th, 2015 9:26 AM
Pi-Top has recently started shipping the original Pi-Top to its crowdfunding backers. Alongside this, they've also kicked off a new crowdfunding campaign, this time for a desktop.
- Posted by Alasdair Allan | November 16th, 2015 6:00 AM
Learn how to build a rig and create a composite photograph that can be selectively lit after it has been taken.
- Posted by Jonathan Hooker | November 11th, 2015 6:30 AM
The latest release of Processing 3 is marked with an updated edition of Getting Started with Process.
- Posted by Casey Reas | November 9th, 2015 6:00 AM
When a broken pinky left 13-year-old Seamus unable to play video games, he and his father built a custom controller with an Altoids tin.
- Posted by Lisa Martin | November 5th, 2015 5:30 AM
Microsoft is getting their latest OS into the Maker scene through SBC integration. Their latest update adds support for Arduino and Dragonboard.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | October 29th, 2015 11:40 AM
Take advantage of these open source resources to set up voice control with Raspberry Pi and bark orders at your home appliances.
- Posted by Neil Davenport | October 23rd, 2015 7:00 AM
Sprout by HP has a touch-sensitive 'mat' that goes beyond conventional computers and provides an experience so easy even a child can use it.
- Posted by Marc de Vinck | October 1st, 2015 6:00 PM
Learn how to pull realtime sensor data from a beehive to monitor its weight, temperature, and humidity over the internet.
- Posted by Nathan Seidle | October 1st, 2015 5:30 AM
The chipmaker's efforts signal a serious strategic bet — that Makers will play an out-sized role in big new markets.
- Posted by Andrew Terranova | September 25th, 2015 6:31 PM
This whiteboard drawbot uses its tiny adorable arms to draw the time every 5 minutes.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 24th, 2015 5:00 AM
You know what they say about one man's trash. Keep your eyes on the curbside to come up on these perfectly useful items.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | September 4th, 2015 5:00 AM
This homemade 6DOF motion simulator rocks and rolls like a professional rig.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | September 1st, 2015 5:00 AM
These interactive displays use sand to allow you to scoop, smash, and splatter structures that are then analyzed by a Kinect and projected as a topographical map.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | August 31st, 2015 5:00 AM
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | August 10th, 2015 11:30 AM
Manufacturers were quick to support Google’s new Eddystone beacon standard, but in the rush to support it, some manufacturers are ignoring basic security.
Simon Jansen has been hard at work building a gorgeous case for his homemade 6502 computer. Dubbed the “Orwell,” the computer has been a work in progress for almost two years. The 6502 is the same CPU found in a variety of vintage computers including: the Apple ][, the BBC Micro […]
- Posted by Jordan Bunker | July 27th, 2015 6:30 AM
Learn how to map a digital image to a physical object using Unity in order to create an augmented reality.
- Posted by Adam Lukasik | July 22nd, 2015 7:30 AM
The Raspberry Pi is a full Linux computer that’s about the size of a credit card and sells for $25–$35. It has a 700MHz ARM CPU and 512MB of RAM. Because of its capabilities and its low price, it has become wildly popular with the hobbyist market. Some people have […]
- Posted by Adam Burkepile | July 10th, 2015 1:03 PM
Several years ago, Chris Gregg, a Tufts University lecturer and computer engineer, received a letter from his friend Erica. This wouldn’t be so unusual, except that it was typed on an actual typewriter, not a printer. Gregg is a fan of vintage typewriters, but, as with myself, makes many mistakes, […]
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | July 1st, 2015 5:30 AM