Maker Faire: YBox in 60 Seconds

Craft & Design Technology


The Ybox is an open hardware and software spec for an IP-enabled set-top box in a candy tin. Josh and Tarikh will give away 80 Ybox kits and lead 4 free workshops teaching folks how to build them. Josh Rooke-Ley and Tarikh Korula are the founders of Uncommon Projects, an interactive design studio based in Brooklyn, NY. They created the YBox for Yahoo’s Hackday 2006 where it placed 2nd. Yahoo has sponsored them to gift their project to Maker’s Faire attendees through free kits and workshops – Link.

Photo by Kent Brewster.

14 thoughts on “Maker Faire: YBox in 60 Seconds

  1. cheese1113 says:

    This looks awesome! I have wanting to find a good use for my tv and this looks perfect. Looks like it uses the propellor…. very hackable indeed!

  2. lentilboy says:

    Wow, nicely done. Where can I get one?

  3. BrK says:

    A google search turned up this link with more info:
    http://www.uncommonprojects.com/ybox/clickthru.html

    Looks to be kind of like a Yahoo Widgets streamer.

  4. kentbrew says:

    Here’s my Flickr stream about milling the Altoid-tin enclosure for the YBox:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kentbrew/sets/72157600197081641/

  5. cheese1113 says:

    Is there any information on when the workshops for this will be… I couldn’t seem to find any.

  6. trialex says:

    Not fair! I’ve been trying to recreate your project since you first put up the details following the awards! I can’t beleive you are not only doing a workshop, but giving away kits!

    If you are looking for an Australian tester, I’d love to be able to buy a kit from you.

    Well done on the project and kudos for bringing it to the masses at an event link teh Maker Faire.

  7. jcondit says:

    YBox workshops will take place at the Yahoo! booth in Expo Hall on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20 from 10:30am-12:30pm and 2:30pm-4:30pm.

    Sign-ups will done onsite on a first come, first serve basis.

    We’ll see you at Maker Faire!

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