Tricks of the Trade By Tim Lillis
Put a cork on it.
Does your dish rack drain
poorly, collecting water
that sits around until you
remember to clean it out?
Thanks to this trick from
Zach Watson, you will no
longer have this problem.
All you need are some wine
corks (or similar material)
and something to cut them
with. Notch the corks so the
rack will nest inside. Place
them at the two corners
opposite the draining end.
All dish racks are different,
so cut the corks in a way
that enables the perfect
nesting of your dish rack.
You may need to try out
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Voilà! With just that small
lift at one end, your dishwater will henceforth drain
away into the sink and keep
the rack dry.
When I first got to play with the EZ-Robot Controller, I
assumed I would have to learn its programming syntax and
the on-board Bluetooth would be hard to set up. I was wonderfully wrong. Once I paired the device to my computer
and fired up the EZ-Builder software, I was greeted by a
friendly drag-and-drop environment. I hooked the EZ-Robot
Controller up to a Boe-Bot chassis and proceeded to play
around. In under five minutes I had my crude-looking robot
chasing my dog around using voice commands!
I’m blown away by the simplicity of the system and how
even complicated things like object tracking and face detection (bring your own camera and servos) are built into the
software. If you’re the least bit interested in building robots
and hacking toys, I urge you to check this thing out. You
won’t be disappointed! —MC
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Tim Lillis is a freelance illustrator
and DI Yer ( narwhalcreative.com).
Paul Mundell is one of MAKE’s
awesome engineering interns.
Meara O’Reilly ( mearaoreilly.com)
is a sound designer.
Arwen O’Reilly Griffith is staff editor
John Edgar Park is a frequent
contributor to makezine.com.
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a long line of makers, and blogs at
Nick Raymond is intern coordinator
of MAKE Labs.
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