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MAKE 29: DIY Superhuman

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We have the technology (to quote The Six Million Dollar Man), but commercial tools for exploring, assisting, and augmenting our bodies really can approach a price tag of $6 million. Medical and assistive tech manufacturers must pay not just for R&D, but for expensive clinical trials, regulatory compliance, and liability — and doesn’t help with low pricing that these devices are typically paid for through insurance, rather than purchased directly. But many gadgets that restore people’s abilities or enable new “superpowers” are surprisingly easy to make, and for tiny fractions of the costs of off-the-shelf equivalents. MAKE 29, the “DIY Superhuman” issue, explains how.

Projects

Air Guitar Hero

Air Guitar Hero

By Robert Armiger and Carol Reiley [vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/34680268 w=560&h=315] We created Air Guitar Hero as a fun rehabilitation exercise for people with amputations. Here we’ll show you how to make...

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Categories: Computers & Mobile Electronics

Geiger Counter

Geiger Counter

This DIY Geiger counter clicks and flashes an LED each time it detects a radioactive particle. It works with most common Geiger–Müller tubes, and easily connects to radiation rate meters,...

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Categories: Science

Tiny Wanderer

Tiny Wanderer

In early 2011 my robot club, the Dallas Personal Robotics Group, was looking for a way to help our beginning members build up their skills. To this end, we produced...

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Categories: Electronics Robotics

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