My friend Zach Supalla is the founder of Particle, which makes easy-to-use, inexpensive Internet of Things hardware for enthusiasts and professionals. For years, one of the sticking points for IoT has been wireless connectivity. WiFi is good for indoor applications, but if you want to put sensors in remote locations, you need a SIM card, which means a data plan. If you have a lot of devices, that can add up to a hefty bill. Today, Particle announced EtherSIM, which offers global cellular connectivity with no monthly data plans or device fees for up to 100 devices. This is exciting and is going to open a lot of new possibilities for IoT.
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
It probably comes as no surprise that if you're looking for a dog breed that your insurance company will approve, the best bet is to avoid Doberman Pinschers, pit bulls, and Rottweilers. Or maybe you want a Chihuahua, which is one of the smallest breeds and also the longest living major breed at around 17… READ THE REST
When you go shopping for a new vehicle, it's natural to be dazzled by some of the amazing bells and whistles of some of the most forward-thinking new cars and trucks. However, if you were smart, you went shopping with a veteran of the car lots, who quickly reminded you that you would be paying… READ THE REST
It may surprise you to learn that the bacteria in your body outnumber the native cells by as much as 10-to-1. That means you could have any many as 300 trillion bacteria living inside you at any given moment. While the thought of living cells that aren't your own flooded throughout your body is likely… READ THE REST