Steam-Powered BoilerBot

You may be familiar with the battery-powered, pager motor-driven, toothbrush head bristle bot. This project turns that modern classic into a retro-fantastic, Steampunk delight by replacing the battery with a fire stoked steam boiler, the pager motor with a single-action, oscillating piston steam engine, and the toothbrush head with a... Read more »

Gigantic Bubble Generator

When I read the Geekcon 2010 call for projects, I thought, what the hack — I’ll do it. Inspired by Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, I decided to let creativity into my life, and start inventing things. I watched Sterling Johnson’s magnificent “Giant Stinson Beach Bubbles” clip on YouTube, and... Read more »

Backyard Biodiesel

Biodiesel is vegetable oil (often used) that’s been chemically converted into a fuel thin enough to spray through a diesel fuel-injection system. No special equipment is needed to “cook” a small batch of biodiesel that will work in any diesel engine, from a model airplane to the family car. Read more »