Becky Stern Makes a Tumor-Rejecting Hat for Simone Giertz

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Becky Stern Makes a Tumor-Rejecting Hat for Simone Giertz

Make: friend, global Queen of Shi**y robots, and techno-comedian, Simone Giertz, had surgery this AM to remove a benign tumor behind one of her eyes. As a gesture of solidarity, Becky Stern (with her friend Leslie Birch) created an actuated hat with a 3D printed scissors snake, driven by a servomotor and a small microcontroller. Mounted on a flouncy Derby hat, when triggered, the scissors mechanism “ejects” the tumor (a plastic wiffle golf ball) from her head.

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What a sweet and touching gesture. Since Simone has announced her condition and her pending surgery, she has received a giant outpouring of love and support. We all wish her a speedy recovery and many more useless machines in her future. Simone, you got this!

If you haven’t seen Simone’s TED talk, on why you should make useless things, it’s pretty entertaining:

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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