Building your own laptop, tablet, or cellphone might sound impossible. It’s not.
From vacuum-tube amplifiers to homebrew computers, amateurs with wiley gumption have traditionally conquered self-built electronic gadgets in short order. Recreating the spectacular capabilities of today’s pocket-sized devices at home has been a bigger challenge, but new access to shrinking hardware and open-source software is now helping eager makers assemble their own cutting edge mobile devices in their home workshops.
Blender, the extremely powerful, open source, and absolutely free tool has a user interface that is cluttered, counter intuitive, and just plain horrid. Let's fix that.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | March 23rd, 2018 5:30 AM
Entrepreneurs often promote their products as breakthroughs, however it’s often more prudent to watch the market for a new proof of concept first.
Digital assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home exploded in popularity this year, but how are open source rivals responding?
Giving players a greater sense of weight and touch is a hot topic in virtual reality right now. It only makes sense that makers would jump at the problem.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | February 27th, 2018 5:00 AM
The Espple Project allows you to carry and control an Apple 1 computer from your pocket. Pretty incredible huh?
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | January 10th, 2018 5:00 AM
In July of 2016, we published our Virtual Reality focused issue of Make: magazine. Let's revisit VR, and see how it's changed.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 14th, 2017 6:00 AM
Chain three 555s together to create a gadget that will allow you to impose a time limit in games like checkers or Scrabble.
- Posted by Charles Platt | December 8th, 2017 5:00 AM
This week, read up on small brick-and-mortar retailers who are selling merchandise made by maker pros and small businesses.
Witness a collection of art, virtual reality, electronics, robotics projects at DTLA Mini Maker Faire, a free Faire held in downtown LA.
- Posted by Vivienne Byrd | November 29th, 2017 6:00 AM
Several incredible maker related books will be on massive discount November 25-26, as part of Amazon's Lightning Deals initiative.
- Posted by Gretchen Giles | November 24th, 2017 12:00 PM
This week, computers are found in a prison's ceiling, Destiny Sparrows are brought to life, and a cosplayer dresses up as an invisible girl.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | October 15th, 2017 6:00 AM
This week, learn how to give your iPhone 7 a headphone jack, help NASA 3D print homes for space travel, or do some Lego building.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | September 10th, 2017 6:00 AM
Make use of a Raspberry Pi to build a network scanner that will keep track of the hosts connecting to your local network. It’s actually pretty easy to do.
- Posted by Alasdair Allan | August 16th, 2017 5:00 AM
We launched our first Mission for Maker Share and plenty of maker pros got to work on it. There were also plenty of projects concerning IoT.
This week, get a sneak peek at Volume 58, respond to Maker Share's first Mission, play Tetris while soldering, or see some amazing cosplay.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | July 9th, 2017 6:00 AM
Walkin VR is making it easier for people with physical disabilities to be able to play virtual reality experiences.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 29th, 2017 6:00 AM
A long-time dream project of Hep Svadja has been trying to hack together a way to get her old computer terminal to work again.
- Posted by Hep Svadja | June 26th, 2017 5:00 AM
This week, Mozilla is trying to get makers to decentralize the web, the Girl Scouts tackle cybersecurity, board games go virtual, and more.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | June 25th, 2017 6:00 AM
This week, Adam Savage toured Artisan's Asylum, Stuck at Prom finalists were announced, and Jordan shares what he saw at E3.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | June 18th, 2017 6:00 AM
The Commute Deck is designed to provide a productive computing experience for UNIX terminal work in tight places, like a train or airplane.
- Posted by Kerry Scharfglass | June 15th, 2017 6:00 AM
Last year, the BBC gave a small, embedded computer to nearly a million school children in order to provide coding experience for kids.
- Posted by Zach Shelby | June 8th, 2017 7:00 AM
Jordan Ramée attended FanimeCon, the maker community recreated an old secret society, and classes are being offered to learn Unity in 8 weeks.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | June 4th, 2017 6:00 AM
alt.ctrl.GDC showcases wild and weird control schemes that create a whole new kind of unique immersion for video games.
- Posted by Tyler Winegarner | May 29th, 2017 6:00 AM
Without question, the costs for mass manufacturing are the most critical expenses when bringing a new hardware product to market.
- Posted by John Teel | May 22nd, 2017 6:00 AM
The Voltera V-One minimizes the mess and makes DIY printed circuit board (PCB) production more accurate and automated.
- Posted by Matt Stultz | May 17th, 2017 5:00 AM
EMS Labs returns to Maker Faire Bay Area with the latest progress on their giant, retro-licious transistor-scale 6502 microprocessor.
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | May 15th, 2017 4:35 PM
Nvidia's GTC conference was full of creative minds that were putting different pieces of Nvidia tech through its paces.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | May 12th, 2017 11:47 AM
If you gut an old TV, you can replace more of its innards with a Raspberry Pi and make a fully functioning portable video game console.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | May 11th, 2017 5:30 AM
GTC is held specifically to help GPU developers connect, learn, discover, and innovate. It is quite the opportunity.
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | April 28th, 2017 10:06 AM
Can a relative newbie build his own cellphone from parts he buys in the Huaqiangbei markets?
- Posted by Gareth Branwyn | April 13th, 2017 2:29 PM
Makers and creators of all sorts from all over Scotland will show off their projects and creations at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire.
- Posted by Stefano Ragusa | March 31st, 2017 6:15 AM
Making a handheld Linux device with the Raspberry Pi Zero W may seem a daunting task, but is easier than you think with the right materials.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | March 28th, 2017 6:00 AM
In the technology world, the Internet of Things is the hottest ticket around these days. This goes for consumer devices and maker tools alike. RS Components wants to get you participating in this space, and have put a batch of prizes on the line to see what IoT ideas you […]
- Posted by Jordan Ramée | March 14th, 2017 6:00 AM
Check out the physical toys that help teach computer programming that were on display at the New York Toy Fair.
- Posted by Kathy Ceceri | March 2nd, 2017 6:00 AM
Learn how to use the open source ROS platform to bring your robot to life.
- Posted by Ben Martin | January 20th, 2017 6:00 AM
Lyberty5 builds amazing, custom gaming equipment. From simple to complex builds, you're going to want to watch these.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 3rd, 2016 8:00 AM
New prototypes from Microsoft show interesting methods of simulating sensory input
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | October 18th, 2016 6:04 AM
Windows is one of the most widely used operating systems in the world, and LattePanda has created a single board computer with Windows 10.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | August 18th, 2016 5:00 AM
Motorola's new Moto Z smartphone is designed for hacking with easy magnetic snap-on enhancements, perfboard, and personality cards.
- Posted by Cabe Atwell | August 17th, 2016 5:00 AM
The iPhone has lots of fancy music dock options, but if you own an Android phone, this is an affordable DIY alternative.
- Posted by Shivasiddharth Uma | August 16th, 2016 5:00 AM
Faced with the prospect of moving three times in one year, Mitch Willing built a sliding steel mount for his 3 monitors and computer.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | July 22nd, 2016 6:00 AM
As prices tumble, lidar is becoming the go-to tool for autonomous robotic vision — and its applications go well beyond autonomous vehicles.
- Posted by Nathan Hurst | July 5th, 2016 5:30 AM
See Virtual Reality prototypes that Valve have never shown publicly before!
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 21st, 2016 6:00 AM
Have an idea you’d like to bring to market? In this series, John Teel walks through the process of scaling up from prototype to production. Follow each installment for a closer look at how to incorporate individual components. Do you dream of developing a hot, new hardware gadget and bringing […]
- Posted by John Teel | June 13th, 2016 5:30 AM
When someone misheard a project pitch in a meeting, I knew I had to create the hilarious result.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | June 2nd, 2016 5:00 AM
The Monster 6502 is an incredible homage to the chip that revolutionized home computing.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | May 27th, 2016 5:00 AM
DragonBoard 410c Returns to Maker Faire Last year at Maker Faire Qualcomm® upped its game in an effort to attract Makers and other developers to their DragonBoard™ 410c development board. This year the chip manufacturing giant returns to Maker Faire Bay Area with demos of custom apps, games, and robots […]
- Posted by Andrew Terranova | May 20th, 2016 12:18 PM
This past week we contemplated what we'd do with a quantum computer, debated replacing the lenses in our eyeballs, and drank too much coffee.
- Posted by Lisa Martin | May 8th, 2016 8:00 AM
One big problem with smart light bulbs is that the smarts are in the bulb. They don’t play nice with the light switch on the wall. In fact, you can make most smart light bulb systems unresponsive just by using your wall switch! We really need to replace the switch, […]
without the right software, much of the hardware in a makerspace is a lot less useful and some of it is downright useless.
- Posted by Will Holman | May 2nd, 2016 5:00 AM
This simple Raspberry Pi-Powered Linux laptop uses off-the-shelf parts, can be hooked up to a TV or monitor, and it fits in your pocket.
- Posted by Chris Robinson | April 21st, 2016 5:30 AM
What do you do when you get a free Gear VR headset with your new phone? Make a bike route for your stationary bike!
- Posted by Alexander Busch | April 14th, 2016 5:00 AM
High school and university students will soon be getting the opportunity to use Oculus Rift as part of their next MLH hackathon experience.
- Posted by Jonathan Gottfried | April 8th, 2016 7:00 AM
With virtual reality you can really get wild with your game interfaces. Spaceship control panels? Easy. An actual parachute harness? Awesome.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | April 7th, 2016 5:30 AM
Virtual reality gaming is inspiring Makers to create a whole new set of game interfaces. This one takes a VR pinball to the next level.
- Posted by Jeremy Williams | April 1st, 2016 5:00 AM
With just a few clicks, you can get your coworkers good with these computer pranks fit for April Fools' Day.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | March 31st, 2016 6:30 AM
Getting started with VR doesn't have to cost anything. Some of the best software possible is absolutely free.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | March 24th, 2016 6:00 AM
This classy computer case was made using basic woodworking and computer skills. It looks great and can be done by a novice.
- Posted by Jeremy S Cook | March 24th, 2016 5:00 AM
New toys on the market are trending toward physical building block styles with integrated digital components. Here are our favorites from New York Toy Fair.
- Posted by Kathy Ceceri | February 20th, 2016 8:00 AM
One size DOESN'T fit all, especially when it comes to education. MaKey MaKey lets teachers tailor tech education for student needs.
- Posted by Sophia Smith | February 19th, 2016 5:00 AM
Using the open source software OpenHAB, we’ll be building a Raspberry Pi touchscreen command center that can interface with over 150 different “smart home” products, and provide an interface for control and task scheduling. Instead of using an existing product though, we’ll build our own WiFi enabled […]
- Posted by Jordan Bunker | February 11th, 2016 12:45 PM
Constant drops and outages with your broadband connection can drive you to frustration, but you can use the Raspberry Pi, and a little bit of command line scripting to monitor it.
- Posted by Alasdair Allan | February 1st, 2016 9:56 AM
Imagine an laptop you could pass down to your kids. Kurt Mottweiler walks us through the design considerations in making an heirloom laptop.
- Posted by Kurt Mottweiler | January 15th, 2016 5:30 AM
Virtual reality headsets are becoming more accessible, affordable, and now you can use the Oculus Rift with your home PC.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | January 6th, 2016 9:55 AM
Bending beneath your desk to turn on your computer can be so tedious. This Mario mystery block button makes turning on your computer fun!
- Posted by Sophia Smith | December 21st, 2015 6:30 AM
Backers of the castAR Kickstarter won't be left empty-handed even as castAR backs out of their campaign pledges.
- Posted by Caleb Kraft | December 18th, 2015 10:41 AM
We're launching a new series of articles here at Make: about DIY virtual reality. First, I’ll be covering the basics of how you can build these worlds in Unity.
- Posted by Patrick Catanzariti | December 17th, 2015 6:00 AM
You don't need a fancy robot (or even a computer!) to teach kids how to code.
- Posted by Ben Wheeler | December 17th, 2015 5:00 AM