Day: February 5, 2009

Get your fun on with these FREAK cameras (and freaking cameras!)

Get your fun on with these FREAK cameras (and freaking cameras!)

Here’s a fun giggle-modded camera from 1932 – Party Fun With This FREAK Camera IF YOU are looking for something different in party entertainment, perhaps a freak camera similar to that shown here will help. This camera started life as a store box. A little paint and a trimming of lantern-slide tape transformed it into […]

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3pi demo from the Maker Shed

The complete walkthrough is available at http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2009/01/howto_tuesday_getting_started_with.html

This week I am going to show you how to get up and running with the 3pi by Pololu. I will be going through all the steps needed to upload the line following program that is included from Pololu. Getting started with the 3pi isn’t too difficult, but there are a few applications and drivers that need to be installed.

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In the Maker Shed: Plug-in Bread-Board Power Supply

In the Maker Shed: Plug-in Bread-Board Power Supply

I decided to make a quick video of me building the Plug-in Bread-Board Power Supply from the Maker Shed (http://www.makershed.com). This power supply makes a great addition to anyones electronics lab. Here’s why:

This power supply module plugs straight into common bread boards, allowing you to cleanly and easily power your board with a wall wart plug or with wires into screw terminals. It features a variable voltage regulator that can be set to output 3.3 or 5V with a jumper, or any voltage if a potentiometer is added. The input has a rectifier that accepts AC or DC (polarity doesn’t matter)–just make sure the input is about 2V greater than the output you want. Skill level: beginner.

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In the Maker Shed: Mignonette Game kit

In the Maker Shed: Mignonette Game kit

I received a lot of positive responses from my last “In the Maker Shed” video, so I decided to do another. This time it’s the Mignonette, a fun, easy to solder game system. You can pick one up in the Maker shed. http://www.makershed.com

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In the Maker Shed: Gakken Stirling Engine Kit

In the Maker Shed: Gakken Stirling Engine Kit

This week I made the Gakken Stirling Engine Kit from the Maker Shed. It’s a really nice kit, in fact it’s my new favorite kit made by Gakken, although they are all awesome. I took a few pictures of the build so you could see how it went together. Check out makezine.com for more information and pictures.

http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKGK5

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