This week on Maker Update: a Pi-powered Rubik's cube-solving robot, hacking your own tabletop pinball machine, a look at Fiber Fix tape, and a new issue of Make magazine. This week's Cool Tool is Fiber Fix repair tape.
Maker Mike Muldoon created this flexible workspace that he can assemble and disassemble within minutes, allowing him to park his car in the garage after a day of building. He created the work space last year and entered it in the Rockler Desk Challenge, winning third place. Watch to see how cool it looks once… READ THE REST
I'm excited about the upcoming Maker Music Festival. This virtual event, featuring maker-musicians from around the world, will take place on May 15th and 16th, 2021. Here is a video sampler of some of the artists and creations that will be featured at the event. See the event website for more details. Image: Screengrab READ THE REST
Burly maker man, Jimmy DiResta, seems to be able to fashion anything from anything. Case in point. In this video, he pulls a log from his stash, rolls it over to his outside workbench, and using little more than a chain saw and an angle grinder, carves it into an anvil. Image: Screengrab READ THE REST
With smartphone technology, everybody has a ridiculously brilliant digital camera to snap pictures at any time. While you can certainly share in the joy by emailing or texting family and friends with your shots, there's a tangible, visceral thrill when you've actually got a physical copy of your picture right in your hand, a real… READ THE REST
You've likely used Microsoft Excel before, but seriously…have you ever REALLY used Microsoft Excel before? We've all tinkered with this heritage spreadsheet maker for simple data organization or basic tables and lists. But the reason this venerable software has been one of the leading productivity apps in history is because of its versatility. All it takes… READ THE REST
Summer is right around the corner…which again means it's time to hang on to your cash. Amidst projections of a hotter than average summer in the U.S., it's safe to assume it'll be another season of wallet-clenching pain each month when most homeowners crack open their utility bills. The average home air conditioning unit costs… READ THE REST