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This Ferris wheel card show's off Lovepop's amazing attention to detail.

Lovepop Reinvigorates The Humble Greeting Card with Engineered Pop-Up Scenes

Lovepop applies naval architecture to make amazing pop-up cards, and show high school kids how to think like an engineering entrepreneur.

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Top 10: Oomlout Factory Hacks

Top 10: Oomlout Factory Hacks

Regular readers will be familiar with UK open source hardware kitmakers oomlout. We love their products and link out to them a lot. This post is not about what they sell, however; it’s about what they share. The folks at oomlout are fairly obsessive process engineers, and are constantly hacking, modding, and tweaking their in-house production equipment to make their assembly and packing operations smooth and efficient….

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“Tacocopter” Scheme Spotlights Delivery-by-Drone Prospects

“Tacocopter” Scheme Spotlights Delivery-by-Drone Prospects

Tacocopter has been trending for awhile, now, but I wanted to hold off on covering it until the hype wore off a bit and a more sober analysis appeared. And now it has, thanks to Huffington Post reporter Jason Gilbert, who got an interview with MIT Personal Robots Group alum Star Simpson, one of three brains behind behind the project…

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Aerial Drones and U.S. Law

Aerial Drones and U.S. Law

My post last Friday (Making Money with Drone-Based Businesses) was long on enthusiasm and short on facts. Thanks, as always, to our fantastic commentariat for helping me get up to speed. The story of drone entrepreneurship is, in fact, emerging, but the technology and the willing entrepreneurs are mostly in place, already, and the action, for now, is about the law and how it’s changing.

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Making Money With Drone-Based Businesses

Making Money With Drone-Based Businesses

The emerging story of entrepreneurs using drones to provide marketable services is fascinating to me. Small businesses have been making money by making drones themselves for quite awhile, now, but I’m just now starting to see start-ups using drones to sell services. Aerial photography is maybe the most obvious opportunity—surveying real estate, covering sporting or […]

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Best of MAKE:  Our Year in Crowdfunding

Best of MAKE: Our Year in Crowdfunding

Though it seems good form to use the umbrella term, for us here at MAKE, so far, “crowdfunding” essentially means “Kickstarter,” a search for which returns exactly 100 published posts in our archives, dating back to the first Kickstarter we ever mentioned (the MakerBeam project) in October 2009.  Of major competing crowdfunding sites, only IndieGoGo…

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Your Name in Lego

Your Name in Lego

Interesting notion for a Lego-based enterprise Eli Carter, who wants to sell you a custom-packed kit (complete with custom instructions) to build a Lego nameplate with text and colors of your choosing. Check it out at Brick-Built Nameplates.

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