BLUBBER BOTS $99.99
Blubber Bots are DIY robotic inflatables that
navigate autonomously and intelligently. These
helium-filled, light-seeking balloons graze the
landscape in search of light and cellphone
signals. Launch one or launch a herd.
MAKE CONTROLLER $149.95
Born of Survival Research Labs’ fabled compound
in San Francisco, the MAKE Controller comes
ready to connect sensors, motors, servos, and
maybe even your own killer (or peace-making)
robot. This next generation of modular, programmable controller boards is the brainchild of
MAKE magazine and Making Things.
MINTY BOOST $19.99
Everything you need to make a small and simple
(but very powerful) USB charger for your MP3
player, camera, cellphone, and any other gadget
you can plug into a USB port to charge! Even if
you’ve never soldered before, this is a relatively
straightforward project kit.
MINI POV $17.99
Never soldered but want to? MIT engineer and
MAKE contributor Limor Fried cooked up this
easy-to-build persistence-of-vision (POV)
demonstration to show how microcontrollers
work. Perfect for students of all ages.
ARDUINO DIECIMILA $34.99
An inexpensive tool for making computers that
can sense and control the physical world beyond
your desktop computer. This open source
physical computing platform, based on a simple
microcontroller board, includes a development
environment for writing software for the board.
(Monkey not included.)
HIGH SPEED PHOTO KIT $120
Take “impossible” pictures that will amaze your
friends. Capture high-speed events: a splash,
popping balloons, breaking glass. This kit
includes a disposable camera with high-speed
flash and an adjustable flash controller with a
fully assembled flash trigger that synchronizes
the high-speed event and the flash.
TOOLS & APPAREL
MAKE: WARRAN TY VOIDER $39.95
Small enough to fit on your key chain, this
Leatherman “Squirt” P4 is the perfect companion for mobile fixing, hacking, and MacGyvering.
PERMISSION TO PLAY
KID’S SHIRT $10
Inspired by a heartwarming letter from a reader
thanking us for giving him “permission to play,”
this shirt has been flying off the shelves since it
debuted at Maker Faire last spring.
Wear the open source hardware mantra with
pride: “If You Can’t Open It, You Don’t Own It.”
Stay warm and start a worthy conversation with
a total stranger. We sell a truckload of these in
the first couple hours of Maker Faire Bay Area
before the fog burns off.
BACKYARD BALLISTICS $16.95
Projects ranging from a match-powered rocket
to a tabletop catapult to a tennis ball cannon.
C’mon. What self-respecting maker doesn’t
need this book? The title alone makes it worthy
of a prized place in your library.
ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO
ASTRONOMICAL WONDERS $29.99
With the advent of inexpensive, high-powered
telescopes, amateur astronomy is fully within
reach, and this is the ideal book to get you
started. Offers you a guide to the equipment
you need, and shows you how and where to find
hundreds of spectacular objects in the deep sky.
BEST OF MAKE $34.99
Need we say more? We thought not!
MAKING THINGS TALK $29.99
Tom Igoe bestows the power of communication
upon your favorite tech creations through
simple projects that present the guidelines for
electronic verbosity. Whether it’s microcontroller-powered devices, email programs, or networked
databases, Igoe demonstrates the ability of electronics to interact in fun and interesting ways.
Inventor Mitch Altman
he open-sourced his TV
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creativity and entrepreneurship.
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