More speakers are always, always better. And why stop and two, or five, or ten, when you could have twelve of them all folded together and blasting one single channel out of an omnidirectional 3D-printed dodecahedron housing that you can make yourself for under a hundred bucks.
Kenneth Marx made his first chess set from discarded spark plugs when he was a college student working at a gas station. Now retired, Marx has returned to his hobby and you can buy his custom creations here for $275 each.
Google's Street View has come a long way from its launch in 2007. We've moved from being wowed at seeing our street (complete with our cars out front) to taking 360-degree trips to the Amazon and under the water at the Great Barrier Reef. Now you can get in on the 360-degree camera view craze with your own personal DIY kit.
Most people bury their pets when they die, but not Dutch artist Bart Jansen. He decided that a better send off for his late kitty Orville, was to give him a bird's-eye view of the world by turning him into the world's first feline quadrotor helicopter.
Joseph Schlesinger wants everyone to be able to build a robot. What's stopping all of us? Laziness? Maybe, but it could also be the required grasp of basic engineering principles, not to mention the associated cost. With Hexy, a cheap, easy-to-build 'bot, Schlesinger hopes to offer a new starting point for budding hobbyists. We spoke Schlesinger to learn how he wants to serve up a robot cheap and easy enough that it could find itself on anyone's workbench.
This weekend, we headed out to San Mateo, CA to check out the 2012 edition of Maker Faire, the giant festival where weird and cool people show off their weird and cool stuff. As you look through the gallery below, you might catch yourself wondering what the point of some of these projects are. Try not to waste too much time attempting to figure it out, since a lot what you'll see at Maker Faire only exists because someone with the right mix of creativity, talent and free time thought that it should. If you don't live around San Francisco, there are Maker Faires and Mini Maker Faires all over the world. Odds are, you can find one near you, just check out this handy map to see where and when you can go see some of these things for yourself.
Have you ever looked at an NES controller (or any controller) and thought to yourself, "Man, I wish the buttons were made out of bacon instead of plastic?" Yes? Then the MaKey MaKey kit is exactly what you need to get.
Iron Man is frequently paid tribute by skilled costume makers (exhibits A, B and C) — some who, like Mark Pearson, may have never known they had a little Stark in them. Maybe that's because, as Pearson says: " I like the fact that he is not really a superhero, he is just a man with a flying suit But what a suit — it's the Ferrari of superhero suits."
The Lightning Gun, or Tesla Gun, is a video game staple, but it's also a real thing that you can build for yourself with enough know-how and a well-equipped local hackerspace. Rob Flickenger shows the world how to create a hand-held weapon that shoots lightning bolts, from scratch. As Rob says: you pull the trigger, and lightning comes out the front.
Artoo is a busy droid. He's travelled the universe delivering plans to the Rebel Alliance, served as Luke's astromech, preserved the history of the Skywalker clan in his memory banks and even handed out an Oscar at the 50th anniversary of the Academy Awards. Now, the droid's making coffee.