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The Best Junkyard that Ever Was: ACE Auto Dismantlers

tracksquat Maker Faire favorites like the Life Size Mousetrap and Cyclecide were born of junk donated by the now-closed ACE Junkyard. Filmmaker Yasmin Mawaz-Khan is Kickstarting for her documentary about this San Francisco maker landmark.

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New Project: Magic Cat Projector

complete-projector Make this fun mini projector just in time for Halloween. It throws a shadow image of a black cat — which then disappears, leaving only his spooky grin!

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HP Unveils Their 3D Printer: Multi Jet Fusion

Image from 3Dprint.com HP had previously mentioned that they would be entering the 3D printing market with their own hardware. Today they announced what that hardware will be. Targeting the commercial 3D printing industry, they’re showing off their Multi Jet Fusion Printer. HP, who is no stranger to printing, brings their own technology […]

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Dutch inventors design 3D printer that builds using clay for large ceramics

Vormvrij prints the clay layer by layer much like traditional 3D printers The Vormvrij 3D printer uses clay as the medium for printing ceramic objects. An Arduino development board along with a Ramps 1.4 shield is the brains printer.

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Come To The Houston Mini Maker Faire And See Rockets!

rockets Houston, we have a Maker Faire! You cant really have a Maker Faire in Houston without rockets right? Luckily you don’t have to worry about that! The Tripoli Houston Rocket Club will be in attendance with some impressive items to show off.  They’ll have some of their large models set […]

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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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