Like making designs with LEGOs
As more people attempt to turn their ideas for connected devices into actual products, the maker movement is turning into a serious…
Do you have an idea for a new sensor? Do you want to connect it to the internet easily and make a prototype? If so, littleBits has a project for you.
Private equity giant KKR is part of a $90 million investment in Savant, one of the more interesting home automation companies around.
Home improvement giant Lowe’s wondered what consumers thought of smart homes, so it asked them. While security is the top concern, the other responses were pretty mundane.
Home automation company iControl has purchased BlackSumac, the maker of the Piper connected home security device. The move gets iControl into the DIY market and is a successful exit for an Indiegogo-backed hardware startup.
Using a laser cutter turns out to be painless compared to a 3D printer. After about three hours of work, I successfully create a nice looking chess board.
3D printing and laser cutting offer a fun way to create a high-quality board and pieces. I’ll use 3D scanning to further customize the pieces.
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Makers and alpha geeks have found meaningful applications for the internet of things but there is still a big gap between them and the average user who doesn’t want to hack. How do we design for everyone?
The excitement around events like last week’s Maker Faire is huge. But are more people making or is the growth in this market coming from more electronics products finally coming within reach for existing makers?
Technology isn’t good or bad. It’s a tool. This week has been a great reminder of that as a Texan showed off a working gun printed on a 3D printer and a South African showcased a cheap prosthetic hand.
We’ve digitized news, music and movies, but Fabsie wants to make it possible to digitize furniture designs. The result will be custom furniture at lower prices, thanks to new manufacturing trends.
SparkFun, the DIY hardware retailer, is taking it’s hacker classes aimed at kids and educators on the road. It’s part of many efforts to get kids involved in making their own gadgets and programming.
Personal computers and broadband were work tools before gaining wider adoption in consumer homes. Now, I wonder if 3D printers can make the leap from engineering and office tool to the next must-have machine in the home? How would that change the world?
For the Makers is part of a new trend of DIY boxes that allow would-be makers to try their hand at creating crafts and accessories. The New York-based company launched out of private beta in December and has deals with Anthropologie and Gilt City.
For those friend sof yours who are always knee-deep in robotics or waiting for their Raspberry Pi mini-computer to ship, we’ve consulted with a few experts and come up with some fun kits and toys that might make their holidays. See if anything strikes your fancy.
Thanks to Arduino kits and the Raspberry Pi Linux computer, computing now can cost less than LEGOs. So today’s kids — and a generation of enthusiast hackers — are creating a movement that might incubate the next Woz. What will cheap computing build?
What if the current DIY trend is as fundamental a shift to manufacturing as broadband is to … everything? I offer up 3 products that not only are awesome to have in your home, but may be to DIY what email was to broadband.
Creativity apps on Apple’s iOS platform aren’t just a consumer fad — investors want in too. Snapguide, an iPhone app that lets anyone create an easy how-to guide with their phone, snapped up a $5 million investment round earlier this month.
For the electric car to be a mainstream success it needs to follow the closed Apple model, not the open Google model.
One of my new year’s resolutions is to pursue more DIY projects. This includes things like putting Jolicloud on my Hackintosh netbook,…