Hands-On With the $200 OneUp 3D Printer

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I first spotted the OneUp 3D Printer at the 2014 Bay Area Maker Faire (San Mateo, CA) this last May. What caught my eye was not just the simplicity of the printer but also the colors… a variety of colors of laser-cut acrylic made the little 3DP really stand out. Both kids and adults were gawking and squeezing in for a closer look. I made a note to myself to keep an eye on this company… Continue reading

Dancing LEDs Promises Maker Christmas and Hacker New Year

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What do you get when you hang a Christmas tree with 4,000 LEDs connected to a Teensy board? In the hands of Austin maker and electrical engineer Jarrod Eliason, you get, well, you get this… Continue reading

OgoSport’s BILD + AnimateIt! Stop Motion Animation Essentials Kit

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OgoSport’s BILD + AnimateIt! Stop Motion Animation Essentials Kit brings together the #ogosport OgoBILD line of construction toys with Aardman Animation Studios’ stop motion animation software. Continue reading

Sugru’s 24 Days of Ideas Calendar

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It’s called the Advent Calendar of Ideas, and it’s just the sort of geeky idea I’ve come to expect from the folks at Sugru. For the next 24 days or so, Sugru will be offering up a daily tip or trick or just plain cool hack that can be done using Sugru. Continue reading

The Role of the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robot in Artificial Intelligence Research

Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot. Image: Maryann Goldman

The Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot isn’t just a useful tool for teaching children about robotics. Read about how scientists are using it to explore artificial intelligence using the nematode worm connectome. Continue reading

A Scientist’s Curiosity Cabinet

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A friend of mine sent me a link to this site: A Scientist’s Curiosity Cabinet. Professor T. Ross Kelly teaches chemistry at Boston College, and has been collecting little oddities for over two decades. Many of them illustrate various scientific principles; he has motors, cannons, flash paper, illusions, and more. Continue reading