Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012: “Kits and Revolution” Podcast

Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012: “Kits and Revolution” Podcast

MAKE Ultimate Kit Guide 2012

At MAKE, we’re crazy for kits. That’s why we just produced a special issue that’s all about kits, our Ultimate Kit Guide 2012, and are also launching a new website dedicated to kit reviews, at Available at newsstands nationwide, the Ultimate Kit Guide includes 175+ reviews of top kits, ranging from beginner’s crafts to wooden kayaks to advanced robotics to alcoholic beverages and everything in between.

In addition, this special issue (not included as part of a MAKE subscription) has articles on the world’s worst and most dangerous kits, how you can build your own street-legal sports car, and how DIY medical kits are changing health care in the developing world. We also have profiles of kit makers and advice on how you can get into the growing grassroots kits business with your creative ideas. No one’s ever dedicated an entire magazine to kits like this before — we’re really excited and proud of what we’ve done!

The Ultimate Kit Guide also includes an essay by MIT research fellow Michael Schrage on how kits drive technological innovation — and have since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Here’s Michael reading an excerpt from this revolution-minded essay, for your podcast-listening enjoyment. And, of course, if you’re looking for gift ideas this holiday season, kits are a great alternative that offers engagement, skill-building, and pride instead of passive consumerism.

Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012, hitting newsstands just in time for the holidays, brings you top kits of all kinds, from beginner’s crafts to wooden kayaks to advanced robotics and everything in between! Whether you need a gift for the do-it-yourselfer who loves making things, or want to find the best kits to build yourself, this special issue will show you the way, with reviews of 175+ kits selected by the editors of MAKE.

>> On newsstands now, or buy at Maker Shed, in Print or PDF .

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Paul Spinrad is a broad-spectrum enthusiast, writer, maker, and dad who lives in San Francisco. He hatches schemes at

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