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This Week in Making: Holiday Gift Guide, DIY Tesla Coil, and One Big Crossbow

This Week in Making: Holiday Gift Guide, DIY Tesla Coil, and One Big Crossbow

This week, check out our Make: Holiday Gift Guide, build a tiny Tesla Coil, or witness the power of one massive crossbow.

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Detect Lightning with a Simple Circuit

Detect Lightning with a Simple Circuit

Lightning throws off all kinds of interference, and some of them are actually very easy to detect with just a circuit.

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Shooting the ArcAttack Cover

Shooting the ArcAttack Cover

There are lots of great days, working for MAKE, but April 2 was one that’ll stand out in my memory for awhile. I got to skip out on real work and take a field trip out to the new ATX Hackerspace location on Dessau Rd., here in Austin. ArcAttack’s Joe and John DiPrima, Sam McFadden, and Steve Ward were there, with one of their big Tesla coils, along with two of my favorite peeps from MAKE headquarters in California, flown in just for the occasion: Creative Director Jason Babler and Associate Photo Editor Gregory Hayes.

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Tesla Gun

Tesla Gun

Willow Brugh checks out uber hacker Rob Flickenger’s latest project, a don’t try this at home Tesla gun!

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Help Build the World’s Largest Tesla Coils

Help Build the World’s Largest Tesla Coils

The man behind the world’s largest Tesla coil (the 30,000-watt Electrum) is once again upping the ante on machine-generated lightning. Greg Leyh and his group Lightning On Demand (LOD) have launched a new a project, The Lightning Foundry, that will try to re-create super-long discharge effects normally found only in lightning.

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Kinect + Tesla Coils: Those Fools At The Academy Laughed At You…

Kinect + Tesla Coils: Those Fools At The Academy Laughed At You…

If you only watch one online video today, it should be this one. Or at least the first 10 seconds of it. That guy is my new hero. [via adafruit]

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