The M5Paper ($70) has WiFi and Bluetooth and can be programmed with the Arduino IDE and microPython. The coolest thing about it is its touchscreen eInk display. It also has microSD storage, which makes me think this could be the basis of an offline Wikipedia reader, like the late great WikiReader.
I'm a long-time Tim Hunkin fan. He's a broad-spectrum enthusiast and maker of things. He runs two coin-op amusement arcades with whimsical handmade machines of his own creation. He also drew a long-running thing-explainer comic strip called Almost Everything There is To Know, and produced and starred in a British TV series called The Secret… READ THE REST
The mathematical and engineering complexity of this project made my head hurt, but the results are pretty amazing. Shane of Stuff Made Here managed to design and build a robotic pool cue that can calculate and execute shots. The system even allows Shane to play against opponents over the internet. He holds the robo-cue for… READ THE REST
Will Holman is the executive director at a nonprofit makerspace in Baltimore called Open Works. He let me know about a cool desk they've designed for low-income students learning from home: We spent four months of Covid-related shutdown making 28,000 face shields from crowdsourced 3D-printed parts, a project we called Makers Unite. Four weeks ago, on… READ THE REST
Engineers create. But when you get down into the specifics of creating something like an electrical generator or an internal combustion engine, that requires a level of skill and understanding for mechanics, voltage, and other scientific properties that stretches even beyond the range of most learned pros. Mechanical engineering isn't for everybody, but for students… READ THE REST
Resolutionists make big claims every January 1st about their plans for the year ahead. But two months into the year is usually when those plans fall apart, and you'll find them looking back at how their goals didn't pan out. For those who would like a re-do and want to reposition yourselves for the remaining 10… READ THE REST
There's almost nothing more primal than fishing. Just you, a line, a body of water, a fish as your prey…and truckloads of patience. As a fisherman stands with their line cast and a lure bobbing several yards away just under the surface of the water, even the most experienced anglers want to know what's happening… READ THE REST