Makers: Are you ready for your close-up? Maker Faire Comes to Los Angeles.

..we invite those who want to make a presentation and those who have built unique things using science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. The San Fernando Valley Mini Maker Faire is not a science fair competition or art show. It’s a fun, hands-on, family-friendly event where over 100 makers will share their creations, and attendees can get inspired to make their own… … More Makers: Are you ready for your close-up? Maker Faire Comes to Los Angeles.

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This Arduino zen garden lets you draw in the sand remotely via Makers Africa

The Japanese rock garden, or simply zen garden, has become a popular desk toy, but the folks over at Makr Toolbox have taken it to the next level with an Arduino system that lets you draw in the sand at the press of a button. The system works with a gantry that sits below the … More This Arduino zen garden lets you draw in the sand remotely via Makers Africa

Protect Your Smarts, Build a Smart Motorcycle Helmet via Design News

An excellent and detailed story on producing this complicated motorcycle project. It includes Arduino source code and parts list, too. — Douglas Gadget Freaks Matt Kopper, Karl Akerberg, and Valerie Cochrane show you how to improve upon the typical motorcycle helmet design with some additional smart safety features and touchscreen controls Read and Watch Protect Your Smarts, … More Protect Your Smarts, Build a Smart Motorcycle Helmet via Design News

How to Salvage Useful Parts from Printers and Scanners via The Post Apocalyptic Inventor [Video]

I recently disassembled a printer myself and it would have been great to watch this guide before I started. it would have been much easier and I would have known which parts could be the most useful in later projects. — Douglas Watch How to Salvage Useful Parts from Printers and Scanners via The Post Apocalyptic … More How to Salvage Useful Parts from Printers and Scanners via The Post Apocalyptic Inventor [Video]

Quick and dirty raspberry pi retro console from an old TV via Make

Great project of how to turn something old into something very, very, new — if a bit retro looking. — Douglas Many people see the incredible game systems built by people like Ben Heck, with custom formed plastics and complex electrical setups, and feel like they cannot build anything as awesome as that. I hope … More Quick and dirty raspberry pi retro console from an old TV via Make

DIY printer and linear drives via HomoFaciens [Video]

Great explanation of s variety of linear drive systems, how they work and how you can create them. – Douglas  DIY printer and linear drives via HomoFaciens Table Of Contents:00:05 Linear drive of an old printer03:09 Spindle drive05:30 Sensor disc of metal sheet05:50 Electromechanical sensor06:18 Optical computer mouse as sensor07:27 Bipolar stepper motor08:06 DIY printer