BEAM Vibrobot

BEAM robot building techniques allow you to build fun and simple little robots with lots of room for stylizing. BEAM vibrobots use pager motors to move. We’ll use what’s known as a “solar engine” (Type 1 “FLED” variety), store bought or scavanged pager motors, and some paperclips. Let the build... Read more »

BEAM Solar Chariots

BEAM robot building techniques allow you to build fun and simple little robots with lots of room for stylizing. BEAM robots can move anywhere from a fraction of an inch to a couple of feet, depending on how big their capacitors are. You can also use batteries. For these two... Read more »

Army Guy Bowl

This is a fairly well-known stunt, especially since Mark blogged the work of Dominic Wilcox on Boing Boing back in 2004. The methods circulating on the web generally favor the use of an oven to melt the guys together, and while that’s certainly less labor-intensive, it generates a bunch of... Read more »

Studded Bicycle Tires and Chains

Traction is all about digging into the terrain. When the ground is covered in snow and ice, rubber just doesn’t cut it anymore. Studded tires can really improve your bike commute in the winter months or allow you the adventure of off-road riding in winter months. The addition of transverse... Read more »

Living Room Baja Buggies

Do you like radio-controlled (R/C) cars? Do you like the desert, but hate the heat? Well, with wireless cameras on board, these radio-controlled racers give you virtual reality telepresence. Read more »

Yobot: Arduino Yogurt Maker

I’m lazy. My impatience often leads me to botch important steps when I make yogurt. So to get better control over the fermentation process, I made a crockpot thermostat attachment to precisely control the temperature. You can buy electric yogurt makers, but most of them only incubate; the heating/sterilization step... Read more »