Kindle etching and DIY adventures (video)

The Engadget Show: Kindle etching and DIY adventures with Adafruit Industries. Some footage and a tour of the show at Adafruit, I hang out there quite a bit :) Josh writes –

If you’ll recall, some months ago we held a little competition for readers to submit artwork destined for laser-etching on the backsides of Amazon’s Kindle. After everyone voted on the top five out of the mountain of selections, we took the gaggle of readers down to our friends at Adafruit Industries (headed up by the lovely and delightful Limor Fried and Phil Torrone) for some time under the laser. While we were there getting our etch on with their massive laser, we convinced Limor and Phil to show off some of the other crazy kit they’ve got in the labs — and we’ve captured it all on film… er, video. Take a look at our excursion into the world of dynamic DIY’ing — we think you’ll like what you see.

Adafruit posted some additional photos of the etched Kindles here – and you can also view the Engadget show M4V here

10 thoughts on “Kindle etching and DIY adventures (video)

  1. ElectricCrowbar says:

    What’s-his-name keeps hoping that there is a larger machine that builds that machine. Yes, it’s an awesome idea! It’s called a von Neumann machine, and it’s listed as number 2 on the Top 10 Ways to Destroy Earth at Live Science:

  2. djz says:

    Where did Limor get that cool “six hertz” t-shirt?

    1. ladyada says:

      @djz – they’re only $15 but you have to be course 6 at MIT to get one. :)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow…really curious what kind of revenue adafruit it pulling in if they’re buying a $30k picknplace rig. Are Limor and Phil independently wealthy, or are they really selling that many minty-boost kits? Did they take on investors?

  4. Phillip Torrone says:

    @Anonymous – adafruit does not have any investors. she is not “independently wealthy” phil (me) is not “independently wealthy” – we work hard every day for every dollar by providing great value to our customers and giving back as much as we can (open source hardware, etc). we saved up $$ for the pick and place machine. our lives are filled with sacrifices to help make things better for people who want to make things.

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