Make: Volume 62 — 21st Century Cyberpunk

The link between cyberpunk and making has always been strong, sharing the “If you can’t hack it, you don’t own it” ethos. In this issue of Make:, we show you the newest emerging technologies, how to get into things you shouldn’t with our spy tech roundup, and how to repurpose useful parts from discarded electronics. We also help you answer the crucial question: are you still a cyberpunk?

Inside you’ll find 33 projects, including how to:

  • Build a wheelchair for your furry friend out of hardware store parts
  • Text your bestie with a casual raise of the eyebrow and a muscle sensor
  • Craft a cheap, easy-to-assemble rubber-band helicopter out of household supplies and a 2-liter soda bottle
  • Make super cute papercraft succulents to decorate your space

    And more!

ON THE COVER: Melissa Lamoreaux is a maker who still lives the cyberpunk aesthetic daily. Originally from Los Angeles, she now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area where she teaches programming and robotics to children. In her free time she creates technology to care for plants and helps her friends solve technical challenges. She has previously modeled Anouk Wipprecht’s 3D printed dresses.

Table of Contents


Reader Input

Notes from readers like you. Page 05

Made on Earth

Backyard builds from around the globe.Page 06


Mechanical Masterminds

The awe-inspiring Les Machines de l’Ile are planning incredible surprises.Page 12

Rural Radio

Open source toolkit RootIO is helping communities create their own micro radio stations.Page 18

Tech Trends

Keep an eye on these emerging developments.Page 20


Spies Like Us

The hackers, phreaks, and cyberpunks from the dawn of the internet can give us a glimpse into the future.Page 23

R.U. Still a Cyberpunk?

Here’s our modern update on the classic Mondo 2000 poster.Page 24

Jeepers Creepers

Hidden cameras abound! Be aware of what might be peeping on you.Page 26

Hide and Seek

Make these clever devices and get your covert career underway.Page 28

Invisible Touch

Build a magic frame that turns any surface into a giant touch interface.Page 30

Urban Ore

Fill your parts bin with valuable scraps, freely available to those in the know.Page 34

Light Security

Perfect your evasion skills with this laser-armed maze.Page 36


Craft a Creeper

Build a motorized “mob” robot and attached controller.Page 38

Go, Dog. Go!

3D print a custom wheelchair for a pet in need.Page 44

Toy Inventor’s Notebook: Vari-Tone Mini Cajon

Make this bass box drum with a wah-wah effect.Page 47

Corgi Keyboard

How I designed and sewed my first musical plushie.Page 48

Dragonfly Helicopter

Scratch-build a wind-up flyer that darts into the sky.Page 52

Curing Cuteness

Embed and embellish electronics in molded resin to craft adorable accessories.Page 56

’Sup Brows

Ping your bud with the lift of your eyebrows.Page 58

Novel Nails

Modernize your manicure with twinkling LEDs.Page 60

A Good Sign

Create inexpensive, suspended LED signage for your makerspace.Page 62

Power Ranger

Get notified by SMS when the electricity goes out.Page 64

Remaking History: Gimme Shelter

Build a model Mayan-style structure to learn how lime was used to construct buildings in ancient times.Page 66

1+2+3: Simple Succulents

Brighten your home with these easy to make, zero-maintenance paper plants. Page 69

Skill Builder

Brace Yourself

Learn about melding electronics and leather with this light-up project.Page 70

Meddling with Metal

Customize your work with a variety of finishing techniques.Page 74

Fab Fillets

Get up to speed on designing the most common joints for CNC construction.Page 76



Gear up with reviews of the latest tools and kits for makers.Page 78

Show & Tell

Show & Tell

Dazzling projects from inventive makers like you.Page 80