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MAKE 36: Boards

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MAKE Volume 36 takes a look at the exploding market of boards and microcontrollers. Powerful and easy to use, microcontrollers allow anyone to add sophisticated interactivity to their projects, and Arduino and Raspberry Pi have ushered in a whole new generation boards tailor-made for making. In this issue, we take a deep dive into the world of boards and add-ons that are fueling a new smart device revolution. From workshop hobbyists to entrepreneurial innovators pushing accessible technology to new levels.

Which board is right for you? This issue issue delves into:

  • The best boards for your build. What they do and why you might want to use them.
  • Microcontrollers for the next generation: Ultra- miniaturization, wireless, and multi-function shields.
  • Add-ons for boards
  • Upcoming boards with estimated release dates and previews.

But the issue goes beyond boards and includes projects that show you how to make your own hard cider with a juicer, a simple table that can be built in two hours, an interview with New Zealand kite-maker Peter Lynn, and the making of tiger gates in the London Zoo.

To jump into the world of boards, take a look at Which Board is Right for Me?


Projects

Gunther Kirsch/MAKE

Try a Triac

Try these clever off-label uses for an underappreciated component. There are billions of triacs in the world. In almost every lamp dimmer, every electric stove, and many motor controllers, power...

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Reviews

Articles

Computers in the Mist

Computers in the Mist

Carl Helmers was designing spaceships in kindergarten. He “lucked out” by learning computers in high school in New Jersey, where he eventually got a summer job programming at Bell Labs....

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Categories: Art & Design

Hot Bots

Hot Bots

Excerpt of the article: British artist Giles Walker has been making provocative art robots and kinetic sculptures for more than 20 years. His Peepshow installation features two metal and plastic...

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Space Station in a Shed

Space Station in a Shed

Excerpt from the article: To the casual passerby, Christopher Jacobs’ backyard shed appears nondescript. But beneath the worn white exterior exist hundreds of switches, blinking lights, computer screens running animations,...

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The Imperial Drinker

The Imperial Drinker

Excerpt from the article: Vancouver, British Columbia artist and “woodbutcher” Colin Johnson spent roughly 600 hours handcrafting this brilliant pony-sized AT-AT liquor cabinet. Goli Mohammadi I’m a word nerd who...

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Twist of Fate

Twist of Fate

Excerpt from the article: Los Angeles-based artist Mike Ross is fascinated with power in all its forms, be it physical, political, economic, or the power of humanity to make its...

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