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Most Interesting Makerspaces in America

Somerville, Massachusetts – Artisan's Asylum is one of the largest makerspaces in the country. Housed in the old Ames Safety Envelope facility, this village of 120 makersʼ studios under one roof comes with fabrication tools galore and offers classes for new makers on everything from bike building to lampworking. Donʼt miss Stompy, their Kickstarted giant hexapod robot. What makes a makerspace interesting? Itʼs not just the size of the shop or the number of active members. Nor is it the selection of tools. Sure, those pieces count, but itʼs how a makerspace slots into its community — elevating and inspiring the makers — that makes it stand out.

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Distorted Portraits Hand-Printed In A Homemade Photo Booth

kalal-a-vision Although it looks like an ordinary photobooth, artist Jayme Kalal actually hand-prints each photograph from a compartment inside the booth!

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Bar Mixva: The Drink Mixing Robot

barmixvah If you’d like a “cool refreshing drink,” but don’t really feel like mixing it yourself, why not just build a robot to do it for you? It might not save time in the long run (I seriously hope not), but as creator Yu Jiang Tham notes, “It’s great fun at […]

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Maker Camp: Halfway through an Awesome Summer!

Riley-Camp It’s been a busy first three weeks of Maker Camp. Thousands of kids worldwide have been dipping their toes into making. Our more advanced supercampers have been taking on bigger challenges and even holding their own gatherings around the virtual campfire with hangouts after our official hangouts. (We’re looking at you, Supercamper Ashley […]

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New Project: Water to Wine Illusion

Img_5748bd Inside the box a bunch of magic happens, and out comes a fine glass of wine.

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Comment by doone on June 21, 2013 at 7:22pm
Comment by Neal on June 21, 2013 at 10:14am

Here come the Cylons. =)

Comment by doone on June 21, 2013 at 8:18am

ROBOT EVOLUTION

Quadrupedal-robot

Emily Monosson in Aeon:

In a laboratory tucked away in a corner of the Cornell University campus, Hod Lipson’s robots are evolving. He has already produced a self-aware robot that is able to gather information about itself as it learns to walk. Like a Toy Story character, it sits in a cubby surrounded by other former laboratory stars. There’s a set of modular cubes, looking like a cross between children’s blocks and the model cartilage one might see at the orthopaedist’s – this particular contraption enjoyed the spotlight in 2005 as one of the world’s first self-replicating robots. And there are cubbies full of odd-shaped plastic sculptures, including some chess pieces that are products of the lab’s 3D printer.

In 2006, Lipson’s Creative Machines Lab pioneered the Fab@home, a low-cost build-your-own 3D printer, available to anyone with internet access. For around $2,500 and some tech know-how, you could make a desktop machine and begin printing three-dimensional objects: an iPod case made of silicon, flowers from icing, a dolls’ house out of spray-cheese. Within a year, the Fab@home site had received 17 million hits and won a 2007 Breakthrough of the Year award fromPopular Mechanics. But really, the printer was just a side project: it was a way to fabricate all the bits necessary for robotic self-replication. The robots and the 3D printer-pieces populating the cubbies are like fossils tracing the evolutionary history of a new kind of organism. ‘I want to evolve something that is life,’ Lipson told me, ‘out of plastic and wires and inanimate materials.’

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Comment by Michel on June 15, 2013 at 10:39am
Comment by Neal on June 15, 2013 at 10:34am

I missed all these doone, fantastic.

Comment by doone on May 12, 2013 at 12:02pm

Artist: Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Location: Tehran, Iran

Source: behance.net
Comment by doone on May 3, 2013 at 9:01pm
Comment by doone on May 2, 2013 at 6:50pm

Popular Mechanics, 1949.

Comment by doone on May 2, 2013 at 6:50pm

Thomas Edison, 1889. The lightbulb inventor insisted his own direct current (DC) system was superior to competitor George Westinghouse's AC power, and took every opportunity to discredit alternating current.

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Comment by doone on May 2, 2013 at 6:50pm

William Orton, president of Western Union, in 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell tried to sell the company his invention.

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