Mystic Lantern

Last year I assembled a “Light Brick” kit (MAKE Magazine #18, https://makezine.com/18/lightbrick/). Well, I actually just completed the circuit board. I had trouble finding the materials for the cast plastic “brick” locally. Then I found, in the trash, a “tea candle” lantern with frosted panels. The light brick panel, placed... Read more »

Call-Aid

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  • 12/18/2012 @ 11:06 pm

Our client was an individual with multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that targets the covering on the axons of neurons, damaging connections to the brain and spinal cord. Our client uses a wheelchair as a form of mobilization around the room. For assistance purposes, it is necessary to have some... Read more »

Fetch-O-Matic: Automatic Ball Launcher

Several years ago I watched a viral YouTube video that starred Jerry the Dachshund, whose engineer owner had built him his very own automated ball launcher. I had two dogs at the time, and was also unemployed with some time on my hands, so I decided to try my hand... Read more »

Using a Kinect as an Infrared Camera

The Kinect is a peripheral for the Xbox 360 console that allows a user to interact with the Xbox 360 without touching a controller. A general description of the Kinect is that it is a depth camera. This means that you can place objects in front of it, and it... Read more »

Thor’s Hammer

I’m not usually one to build film props, but my wife and I were waiting on line for the new Avengers movie and she said, “You know, it would be great to have Thor’s hammer.” She wasn’t the least bit serious, but her remark got the old maker gears spinning.... Read more »

Concrete Tea Light Holder

I’ve been wanting to try out some new ideas for simpler projects that can be done over a weekend, kind of a rainy-day thing for parents with kids or just some friends hanging out together. This is my first attempt at it. I’ve been playing around with concrete candle holders... Read more »