“This Christmas my wife gave me two items from the Make Store… The “Build your own electronic game” kit and the POV kit. I soldered it all on Christmas day in the time it takes to watch Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.” - Link & poem!
If you made some stuff over the holiday, let us know in the comments, or the MAKE photo pool.
Here’s the how-to from one of 11 Spring’s graffiti pieces, Q-Branch writes -
“Low-cost, illuminated signage for todays responsible citizen courtesy of the GRL and the Eyebeam OpenLab. This tutorial will explain the tools and processes we used to combine LED christmas lights, plexi-glass and rope to make our own low-power signage on the cheap.” - Link.
Some folks go caroling on Xmas, others release open source hardware projects, like this one… A RF jammer -
“This website details the design and construction Wave Bubble: a self-tuning, wide-bandwidth portable RF jammer. The device is lightweight and small for easy camoflauging: it is the size of a pack of cigarettes.
An internal lithium-ion battery provides up to 2 hours of jamming (two bands, such as cell) or 4 hours (single band, such as cordless phone, GPS, WiFi, bluetooth, etc). The battery is rechargeable via a mini-USB connector or 4mm DC jack (a common size). Alternately, 3 AAA batteries may also be used.
Output power is .1W (high bands) and .3W (low bands). Effective range is approximately 20′ radius with well-tuned antennas. Less so with the internal antennas or poorly matched antennas. “
The latest Instructables TV is out! Use home made devices to go kite ice butt boarding anywhere there is ice, wind and plenty of room, Tim writes -
“Your screaming steel blades carve the ice.
Your straining kite hurls you along at incredible speeds.
You are mere inches above the ice. Or suddenly wiping out all over it.
If polo is the “sport of kings”, then surely kite-ice-butt-boarding is the sport of gods.
This week’s Instructables TV episode shows you what you’ve got to do this winter.” - Link.