Best of Maker Faire – Maker Shed round up…

Best of Maker Faire – Maker Shed round up…

Here’s a round up of all the items that have a discount which are part of our “Best of Maker Faire – Maker Shed” sale… A lot of folks who weren’t in the Austin, TX area last week for Maker Faire Austin 2008 and wanted some of the deals we had at the Maker Shed Store, so – we put the most popular items out here with a nice discount or free shipping depending on what you order… Click read more below to get the big ole’ list…

Enter in MAKER to get 10% off any of these kits in the Maker Shed or if you spend more than $80 enter in FAIRE after and get free shipping on orders over $80.00 (Post discount of course), either of these codes will work independently from another as well as together.

DIY Electronics kit. Harness the power of the electron! Create games, toys, and contraptions with these fundamental components. Follow the easy instructions to make a light detector, LED flasher, noisemaker and more! Once you master the basics, you’ll be ready to create your own! Everything you need to get started is right in the box, including switches, buttons, diodes, capacitors. transistors and regulators. Learn the amazing concepts of resistance, capacitance, voltage and current with the step-by-step project manual. Soon, you will be the electronics wizard! Great introduction to electronics for all ages.

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Animated Ghost kit. Grab this cool kit for Halloween. Sound activated, the ghost flashes his little red LED eyes, vibrates and makes scary sounds!
Easy and fun to build. Hack it!

  • Ghost responds to sudden noises
  • Adjustable sensitivity
  • Battery operation: 2xAAA battery (not included)
  • Soldering Required
  • Dimensions: 137x68x50mm

MintyBoost 2.0 kit. Build your own MintyBoost: a small & simple (but very powerful and very MAKE-like) USB charger for your iPod (or other mp3 player), camera, cell phone, and any other gadget you can plug into a USB port to charge.

  • The charger circuitry and 2 AA batteries fit into an Altoids gum tin, and will run your iPod for hours, 2.5x more than you’d get from a 9V USB charger! You can use rechargable batteries too.
  • Tested with iPod nano/mini/photo/video/shuffle, Blackberry, iPaq, LuxPro Tangent, Rio Carbon, Samsung T809 and more.
  • Uses 2 AA batteries (not included), more than doubles your iPod 4G/5G battery life!
  • Some soldering is necessary, but even if you’ve never soldered before it should be pretty easy.
  • Batteries and tin not included. If you live in an area that doesn’t have Altoids gum, you can buy a tin (including the gum) from us.

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Diet Coke and Mentos kit. Recreate the Internet sensation in your own backyard! Fresh from their performance at the 2008 Maker Faires, the guys at EepyBird have hand crafted replica PVC nozzles just like the ones they use themselves. Each kit contains a variety of nozzle cuts to give you the coolest, highest shooting geysers. We’ll even throw in a pack of Mentos to get you started (Diet Coke not included). Check out EepyBird videos here. Thanks again for another great show guys!

Arduino Starter kit. Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It’s an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board. Arduino is open source! We’ve put together our own Arduino Starter Kit, tossed in our bestselling Making Things Talk book, wrapped it up in some cool packaging so you can get started quickly without having to do a lot of shopping first.

  • 1x Arduino Diecimila
  • 1x Mini Breadboard
  • 1x 3 ft. USB Cable
  • 10x 1K Resistors
  • 2x 10k Resistors
  • 3x Red LEDs
  • 2x Green LEDs
  • 1X Superbright Blue LED
  • 1x Momentary Tactile Switch
  • 2x Interlink Force Sensing Resistors
  • 1x Protoshield Kit (unassembled)
  • Making Things Talk by Tom Igoe
  • 24″ each of Red, Blue & Black AWG jumper wire
  • 9V Battery Case w/DC Plug (some assembly required)
  • Yes, even a 9V battery

Getting Started with Arduino – This valuable little book offers a thorough introduction to the open source electronics prototyping platform that’s taking the design and hobbyist world by storm. Getting Started with Arduino gives you lots of ideas for projects and helps you get going on them right away. To use the introductory examples in this book, all you need is a USB Arduino, USB A-B cable, and an LED. By Massimo Banzi, co-founder of the Arduino Project.

  • Interaction design and physical computing
  • The Arduino hardware and software development environment
  • Basics of electricity and electronics
  • Prototyping on a solderless breadboard
  • Drawing a schematic diagram

Make Halloween Special Edition – Last fall we released a special Halloween edition of Make. We sold thousands. Our warehouse gang tell us we still have some remaining stock. Here’s your chance to get this classic!

DIY HALLOWEEN from the editors of MAKE and CRAFT brings you 40-plus DIY projects for the holiday that’s made for makers. From the craftiest costumes to amazing animated props and the latest in computer-controlled haunted house effects.

  • Headless Marie Antoinette costume
  • Mechanical ghosts and ghouls
  • LED and laser jack-o’-lanterns
  • Creature makeup and blood-spurting wounds
  • DIY coffins and tombstones
  • T. Rex rooftopper
  • Flaming LED skulls Kid-tested haunted house tricks
  • A special “Ghoulbox” section with Halloween kits, tools, and gadgets.
  • Plus demonic decorations, hideous party snacks, and profiles of extraordinary makers and their creepy crafts.

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Making Things Talk – Programming microcontrollers used to require an expensive development environment costing thousands of dollars and requiring professional electrical engineering expertise. Open-source physical computing platforms with simple i/o boards and development environments have led to new options for hobbyists, hackers, and makers. This book contains a series of projects that teach you what you need to know to get your creations talking to each other, connecting to the web, and forming networks of smart devices. Read reviews here and here.

Best of Make – After two years, MAKE has become one of most celebrated new magazines to hit the newsstands, and certainly one of the hottest reads. If you’re just catching on to the MAKE phenomenon and wonder what you’ve missed, this book contains the best DIY projects from the magazine’s first ten volumes — a surefire collection of fun and challenging activities going back to MAKE’s launch in early 2005.

  • Hack your gadgets and toys
  • Program micontrollers to sense and react to things
  • Take flight with rockets, planes, and other projectiles
  • Make music from the most surprising of things
  • Find new ways to take photos and make video
  • Outfit yourself with the coolest tools

Fashioning Technology – Ready to take your craft projects to the next level? With “smart” materials, unorthodox assembly techniques, and the right tools, you can create accessories, housewares, and toys that light up, make sounds, or do even more. Fashioning Technology offers jargon-free primers and lots of how-to projects that will have you making — and even wearing — functional works of art.
This book demonstrates how to blend sewing and assembly techniques with traditional electronics to assemble simple circuits using conductive thread, solder joints for snaps, and switches for buttons. With the sewing machine as a viable substitute for the soldering iron, you can craft a new generation of objects that are interactive, quirky, and fashion-conscious.

  • An invaluable reference section that breaks down the materials, components, and tools with clear, concise explanations and photos
  • A wide range of projects, including electronic accessories, interactive plush toys, and color-changing blinds, all using diverse crafting techniques
  • Techniques for seasoned crafters interested in incorporating simple electronics into their own projects
  • Methods for makers proficient in electronics who are looking for unconventional ways to create novel projects

Each project encourages you to personalize and customize using your own designs, materials, and craft skills. Fashioning Technology translates traditional electronics into fun, fashionable interactive projects for the geek, fashionista, and the craft aficionado alike. Now you really can be the flashiest dresser in town.

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Maker’s Notebook – From the creators of Make & Craft Magazine comes the Maker’s Notebook. Put your own ideas, diagrams, calculations & notes down in these 150 pages of engineering graph paper. We’ve also included 20 bonus pages of reference material, from useful stuff like electronics symbols, resistor codes, weights and measures, basic conversions and more, to really useful stuff like the amount of caffeine in different caffeinated beverages and how to say “Hello, World!” in various computer languages. The covers of this hardcover book are printed in cyan “Maker” blue with a white grid debossed front and back. Grab one today!

  • Notebook are 1/8″ engineering graph paper.
  • Pages are numbered.
  • Every page has a blank heading to list project name, date, sign or note, and a place to link project/related pages (“From Page___, to Page___).
  • There’s also a two-page ruled Table of Contents.
  • Bonus for MakerShed customers only: every notebook comes with our custom stickers and band, created just for Maker Faire!

Maker Faire Hoodie
Super heavyweight fleece pullover hoodie. This high quality SportTek sweatshirt from Port Authority is all you need to take the
edge off those cold nights and days. This sweatshirt rocked the Maker Faire!

  • 12-ounce, cross grain, 80/20 ring spun combed cotton/poly
  • 2 x 2 rib knit cuffs and waistband with spandex
  • Rib knit side gussets
  • Contrast twill tape in neck
  • Front pouch pocket

Maker Bundle #1
We’ve had several neat projects over the years, and we’re proud that Solarbotics has created a cool bundle kit to provide parts for completing them. In this great bundle you’ll find what you need to build the Mousey (Make Issue #02), Trimit (Issue #06), SolarRoller (Issue #06), and Beetlebot (#12). Get this bundle and save over $20 compared to buying these kits separately.

Make: Project Tin – Perfect for many electronics projects, this mint tin is branded with our Make motto, “If You Can’t Open It, You Don’t Own It”.
We even took out those pesky mints! Get ’em while they last and send us your project photos!

MAKE: Void Your Warranty T-Shirt
New Colors – White – Olive Green – Royal Blue!
MAKE: Void your warranty, violate a user agreement, fry a circuit, blow a fuse, poke an eye out…
Available in 8 colors and more sizes! Also available in Womans.
Add $1 per each upsize.


Best Of Instructables has become one of the most popular magnets for makers and DIY enthusiasts of all stripes. Now, with more than 10,000 projects to choose from, the Instructables staff, editors of MAKE: Magazine, and the Instructables community itself have put together a collection of technology how-to’s from the site. The Best of Instructables Volume 1 includes plenty of clear, full-color photographs, complete step-by-step instructions, and tips, tricks, and new build techniques you won’t find anywhere else. Over 300 pages!


Danger Shield Arduino Add-On Kit The Danger Shield is an add-on for the Arduino micro controller board. It contains a variety of fun and useful electronic circuits that you can use to do fun and useful things. It is a fully self-contained shield. You plug it into your Arduino, and you can immediately start using it. No extra things to hook up, no external components. Just a really rad board ready to rock. Soldering required.


  • 3x Linear sliders w/ integrated LEDs (independently hooked up to PWM)
  • 3x Pushbuttons
  • 2x Indicator LEDs (each with a PWM)
  • 1x Piezo buzzer (for making noise!)
  • 1x Temperature sensor
  • 1x Light sensor
  • 1x Knock sensor
  • 1x 7 segment LED (with shift register)
  • Power LED and reset button


NeedleFelt Animal Kits These kits are designed for needle felting beginners, or more experienced felters who love animals and new techniques.
3 to choose from: Penguin, Sea Turtle and Panda.

Kit Ingredients:

  • One Felting Needle
  • Photo Instruction Booklet
  • Wood Skewer
  • Beads & Enough Corriedale & Merino Roving To Make One Animal
  • You will need a foam pad, not included.


Solar Speeder Kit A quick Solaroller that can cover 3 meters (10 feet) in under 40 seconds in direct sunlight. Simple to construct and a great project for beginners!


Arduino Mini BoardThis miniature Arduino board has an ATmega168 onboard, which offers twice as much program space as the ATmega8 on the older boards (16 KB vs. 8 KB).

Magnet Sculpture Kit Experience the magic of rare earth magnets firsthand with this fun sculpture building kit.

A real attention-getting addition to any eccentric cubicle. Two powerful NdFeB magnets attract each other making it appear as if the cube on the cord is levitating.

High-strength woven Spectra cord and connectors are included. The wood components have been cut and drilled, and are ready for assembly. The degree of finishing is up to you, but the hardwood in this kit will reward even modest efforts. Use of walnut throughout gives the finished product a rich look and solid feel. Perfect for those who appreciate the beauty of wood, but don’t have access to a shop full of tools.


3rd Generation TV B Gone Turn ANY TV on or off with a click of the button! With the new and improved Gen 3 model, even those new big screen LCD TVs aren’t safe anymore! New features include instant reactivation with the press of a button, bigger battery, Flashing LED indicates that the unit is sending out its signal. (If you don’t want the flashing LED on, simply double-click at the beginning of a new sequence for “stealth mode”) Check out our hat hack!


Brain Machine Kit Hack your Brain! Get comfortable, put on the glasses and headphones, close your eyes (the LEDs are bright!), and flick the power switch. Enjoy the hallucinations as you drift into deep meditation, ponder your inner world, and then come out after the 14-minute program feeling fabulous. Sound and Light Machines (SLMs) produce sound and light pulses at brain wave frequencies, which help people sleep, wake up, meditate, or experience whatever state of consciousness the machine is programmed for.


  • Kit Contains:
  • MiniPOV3 Kit
  • Resistors
  • Capacitors
  • Stereo headphone jack
  • Heatshrink tubing
  • Blue & Yellow wire-wrap wire
  • Safety glasses
  • Graphix (color printout) with template for glasses
  • Headphones
  • AA Alkaline batteries (yes batteries are included!)
  • Instructions

Remember – enter in MAKER to get 10% off any of these kits or if you spend more than $80 enter in FAIRE after and get free shipping on orders over $80.00 (Post discount of course), either of these codes will work independently from another as well as together.

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