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NASA Is Taking Off with Makers

PhoneSat 1.0 during a high-altitude balloon test.

We chat with Sam Ortega manager of the Centennial Challenges Program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center about the program and how makers have participated in the past, and how they might participate in current and future challenges. Read more »

Chris Anderson Packs the House!

DIY drones are the rage! Chris flew a quadcopter off the stage, and entertained droves of questions from how much weight the copters can carry, to FAA regulations, and announced that they would have a new ARM-based APM (Ardu Pilot Mega) by Maker Faire New York. Read more »

Mini Quadrotors Play the James Bond Theme


A group of UPenn Engineering students have taken several quadrotors and turned them into robotic musicians. We've seen the great swarming abilities of these machines recently, but now using various instruments and noisemakers, these aerial drones manage to plunk out a fairly convincing version of the "James Bond" theme. Read more »

Blimpduino and UAV at Maker Faire

Chris Anderson demonstrates the systems of the BlimpDuino. The Blimpduino kit is a very low cost, open source, autonomous blimp kit. It consists of an Arduino-based blimp controller board with on-board infrared and ultrasonic sensors and an interface for an optional RC mode, a simple gondola with two vectoring (tilting)... Read more »