Aug 29th, 2008

American Maker

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Of all things Americans are… We are Makers. With our strengths and our minds and spirit. We gather, we form, we fashion. Makers and shapers and put-it-togethers.

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Aug 29th, 2008

Winners of Plexi Class: Cutting Edge Projects in Plastic

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Thank you to everyone who commented and entered the giveaway for Plexi Class: Cutting Edge Projects in Plastic by Tonia Davenport. The winners are Heather and Caroline who will each be receiving a signed copy of the book!

We’ll have one more book giveaway for this week on Friday, so check back here on the CRAFT blog!

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Aug 29th, 2008

The Future of Money

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RCA: The Future of Money @ Core77 via Beyond the Beyond.

Students in the Design Interactions Department at the Royal College of Art were challenged to explore the future of money when it disappears as a physical currency…

Cash is dissapearing more and more and we are moving towards a cashless society where hard cash only exists on the blackmarket or to buy illegal services and goods. In third world countries ATM cash-machines are rarely available and people usually do not have bank-accounts. With mobile phone becoming ubiquitous, they are becoming more and more the wallet, however without any designed experience. Paying with Credit Cards or RFID cards is a very engineered and raw-data driven transaction, the experience and the process of buying a coffee or a car is basically the same. Very human interactions, gestures and rituals got totally lost or neglected through the introduction of e-money transactions.

What’s interesting about many of these is you could build them now, mostly with Arduinos!

If I had time I think I’d make the inflatable piggy bank, you’d just have a little air get pumped in each time someone swipes their credit card.

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Aug 29th, 2008

Austin Event: Sew It Up

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The picture pretty much says it all about this sew-riffic event tomorrow night:

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Here are a few more details. If you’re not into needlework and don’t want to become ‘sew’, feel free to volunteer and have your own skillshare!

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Aug 29th, 2008

AWESOME AppleBee’s Carside To-Go Container Seed Germinator / Starter!!!!!!

Posted by Blogsnapper at 09:08 pm

Eat at AppleBee’s Lately??? Had any food to-go?? Stuck with that cool dome-like food container?



Well if you are in posession of one of those food container things, with about 2 minutes of work, you can make your self a neat little seed germinator that is sturdy and reusable, unlike many of the othe…


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Aug 29th, 2008

Do You Need a Tech Makeover?

Posted by Blogsnapper at 09:08 pm

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Hi Crafters! I’m here to tell you about an exciting new contest our sponsor Intel’s throwing on the new site, Need a Tech Makeover. Just submit your story or nominate someone you love for a chance to win a $5000 tech makeover and training from the experts at Hot Hardware. All entries must be submitted by September 8th and winners will be announced in early October. You’ll be able to vote on the entries, along with the panel of judges (where I’m one of them). Find out more about the contest details here. Good luck!

From the site:

Is there someone in your life insisting that fine technology, like fine cheese, only improves with age? Are you carrying a cell phone the size of a brick or trying to surf the net on a computer that fills an entire room? Does your mom or dad print e-mails and reply by phone? Is your best friend the only person you know who still listens to cassettes on a boom box or watches movies on a Betamax? Do you need a tech makeover? Does someone you know need one?

Intel invites you to submit your story or nominate someone you love for the chance to win a $5000 tech makeover and training from the experts at Hot Hardware!

To enter, register here and upload photos or video of the tech travesty in your life.

Tell us:
What do you (or the nominee) want to be able to do with technology that you can’t do now?
Where do you want to be able to use your computer, and why?
Why do you want to take your personal technology to the next level?

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Aug 29th, 2008

Cheap PIC controlled Helmet Camera using Sony LANC (Good for Extreme Sports)

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This Instructable will show you how to make a cheap Helmet Camera which can be controlled via a remote so your main camera can stay safely in your ruck sack.



The controller can be attatched to one of the shoulder straps of you ruck sack, and will allow you to Record and Stop the camera as well …


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Aug 29th, 2008

Zoom into steel (to the atomic level!)

Posted by Blogsnapper at 08:08 pm

Weird Weird Science posted this extreme zooming video on the structure of steel – quite awesome. They have video for concrete, brass, aluminium and more available as well. – Weird Weird Science on Dailymotion

Should you prefer a little more color & motion, check out Trey’s macro video of a plasma ball in action –

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Aug 29th, 2008

[slideshow] Steam Punk Style Mechanical Pencil

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This is my first Steam Punk model. I originally didn’t want to make a model, because I like things that do stuff, not just move or have flashy lights.



So I came up with this. This idea came to me in school. I have painted metal things in my pencil holder with a sharpie. When it rubs off, it gets …


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Aug 29th, 2008

Drupal Knitting Charts

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Emma Jane Hogbin has finally released her Drupal logo knit charts, perfect to knit up some Drupal socks for those techy knitters out there. (Photo of Emma at left by Richard Weait.)

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