It used to be a trickle of two or three a day, but lately we’ve been hammered with hundreds of automated SPAM submissions through the cformsII contact form plugin we use with WordPress. The contact form feeds into a Google … Read more
Author Archives: Ian
Makers express their inner geek in all mediums. This collection of crochet sea creatures is amazing, beautiful, and delightfully creepy at the same time. More fun stuff below the fold.
Maker Faire isn’t just a place to see cool projects, you get to try things out yourself. At this pan flute workshop straws, cardboard, and rubber bands are combined into a simple DIY musical instrument.
Tokyo’s extensive metro and train system recreated in colored water and air bubbles by Takatsugu Kuriyama. The colors are the same used on the system map. Tubes rise above and dip below a clear sheet representing above and below ground … Read more
Z-Machines, a robot rock band, headlined the Maker Faire with several concerts each day. These weren’t the only rock stars though, head below the fold to see more noise makers from Japan.
Walking, flying, or rolling, Maker Faire is overrun by bots of all types. A-L-C is an animatronic troll with amazing realistic facial movements.
Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Beagle Bone, whatever – we love the gadgets and electronics designs on display at Maker Faire. @Nasupl_r’s Twitter Mention/Favorite Notify Helmet flashes to life when she’s mentioned on Twitter. An mBed board monitors her Twitter feed, while … Read more
Maker Faire has toys for kids of all ages. Ball maze is updated with a bluetooth interface to a tablet computer. The maze angle matches the tablet, tip the tablet to guide a ball through the maze to the hole … Read more
Remote control flying machines with delicate tissue wings and tiny motors are unique to Tokyo Mini Maker Faire. They flap, soar, and glide overhead in the main exhibition hall. See more at Flapping wing and Microslowfly.
Many things at Maker Faire don’t fit into neat categories. Here’s some of the weird and wonderful projects that delight and entertain. Walking around with your pants unzipped? Muro Lab’s zipper meter can help. When you’re fly is down the … Read more
3D printers have come to dominate Maker Faires around the world, but Tokyo has some unique and creative designs we’ve not seen anywhere else. Rostock mini is a solder paste “printer” with pick and place functions. It applies solder paste … Read more
When Maker Faire arrives in the biggest city in the world, you know the projects will be amazing. Japan’s makers, artists, designers, geeks, and hackers showed amazing projects of every type imaginable in Tokyo this past weekend. Japan’s Maker Faire … Read more
Guanxi means “face”, which is basically a Chinese system of respect in business and life. If a friend does you a favor, you owe them one back. If you do good business with a vendor, they treat you well. Westerners, … Read more
Where we’ve been Dangerous Prototypes has been around four years this summer. This internet gig started at the DIY Life and Hack a Day blogs when I was a poor student roughing it in Amsterdam. A couple hundred bucks for … Read more
Every year before Maker Faire we spend a day in San Francisco to visit the Noisebridge hackerspace, Instructables, and other open hardware/DIY/hacker friendly people. Noisebridge is located in a neighborhood called the Mission District, and it has dozens of delicious … Read more
A couple days ago mbed, the ARM platform with a silly online compiler, announced that it’s register abstraction layer would be released under an open source BSD license. Readers raised the point that this is only partly true. We hate … Read more
If I come back from China 10 kilos heavier this is the man to blame. Some of the best soup dumplings ever. Proper procedure is to bite the top and drink the soup inside. Then eat the pastry and meat … Read more
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Before crossing into China I always stop at Taco Loco half way up the mid central level escalators on Hong Kong Island. very easy to get here from the terminus of the airport express train. As always, a couple carnitas … Read more
On Tuesday I leave to spend a month working on new projects in Shenzhen. Here are the parts I’m taking with me. Everything could be bought there, but that would waste a ton of time. This a good assortment if … Read more