A Maker’s Take on the Ice Bucket Challenge

By now you’ve all seen the videos. Someone dumps a bucket of ice water on themselves and challenges their friends and family to do the same or donate to charity, frequently the ALS Association. But Contributor and friend of Make: John Park took the ice bucket challenge to a whole new maker level. Starting with the Burrito Blaster project, he loaded up PVC the air pressure cannon with ice water which he shot at himself with a remote trigger.

Perhaps now we’ll start to see a wave of makers taking the challenge with 3D-printed buckets, Rube Golderberg-style triggering mechanisms, or even Internet-connected Raspberry Pi-based CNC bucket tippers!

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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