Thursday , 31 July 2014
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EL-wire Tron costume

Syuzi Pakhchyan showing off her awesome Quorra (from new Tron flick) costume using EL-wire

Thats Syuzi Pakhchyanh, showing off her awesome Tron (Quorra, new film character) costume.  Syuzi is one of the innovators and author in the area of Soft Circuits (aka Fashion Technology). She taught a class at CrashSpace in LA and helped out at the Siggraph tutorial I attended this past summer.  For this costume she used Electro Luminescent tape (EL) and ... Read More »

Bronze Casting from Makerbot Printed Original

One project I hope to undertake at Maui Makers is doing some metal casting using originals made on our Makerbot 3D Printer. This is something that has been talked about in the forums since inception and at every demonstration of the ‘bot that I’ve given/seen. Mostly it was about how cool it would be if you could do this but ... Read More »

Vimby/Scion Hackerspace Challenge – CrashSpace videos live

This past summer Mitch Altman, Vimby and Scion sponsored a challenge to 5 hackerspaces in the USA.  They were given $3000 grant, 3 weeks and asked to create something that: 1) repurposed a commercially made object 2) was interesting/fun/useful to the average person 3) referenced a commercially released movie They have been slowly releasing videos in the series.  Today two clips ... Read More »

from STEM to STEAM – lets not forget the Arts!

My friend from CrashSpace, R. Kevin Nelson, has written a great open letter response to Thomas Kalil’s opening speech of the NSF‘s “Innovation, Education, and the Maker Movement” workshop. Kevin notes that while the maker movement has much to contribute to the educational push for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), we cannot forget the massive contribution to our cultural progress by Art.  Kevin ... Read More »

Makerbot Video from NYC Maker Faire 2010

The Makerbot folks were out in force at the Maker Faire NYC with their new Thing-O-Matic printer, frostruders, unicorn plotter and regular Cupcake bots (total around 20 bots!) all printing out and giving away sample printed objects (and snacks!).  Check out the video (about 5 min), and more at the Makerbot Blog. Read More »

Lilypad successes, Makers and Education, DARPA Program

LIlypad Embroidery, a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike (2.0) image from bekathwia's photostream

This post is an amalgam of several news items I read recently. First off an article on the LilyPad’s success in bringing women into electronics projects. From a post in BoingBoing: “MIT’s Leah Buechley and Benjamin Mako Hill recently published a paper called LilyPad in the Wild: How Hardwareʼs Long Tail is Supporting New Engineering and Design Communities, about the success ... Read More »

Completed Stairs with Laser Etch, Photo Etching

Completed stairs with laser etched turtles

A long-in-process project here at home has been laser etching the stairs in my home.  I had new bamboo flooring put in, and that included the stairs to the loft.  The project took several months because I was commuting back and forth between Maui and So Cal.  Last visit I got all the panels etched and painted.  Yesterday the installer ... Read More »

Art-Science Education Hackers and Govt Support

There are some interesting movements going on over on the mainland that I caught wind of this week: First – Arts, Science and Makerspaces The National Endowment For Arts (NEA) blog has a post up on Alt.Art-Sci: We Need New Ways of Linking Arts and Sciences. “A recent National Science Foundation (NSF)-National Endowment for the Arts workshop sought to re-think the ... Read More »

Ten people at First Maui Maker Meeting

First meetup: L-R Jerry I (me), JerryB, BrianT, ColeS, Dave, Wayne,BenW, Crystal, and Hiro

We had a meetup at Ben’s house yesterday (Sept 16, 2010) – our first real Maui Maker specific meetup!  There were 10 people there (not counting Ben’s two boys and visitor).  Ben and Hiro provided pizza and fish tacos, and drinks.  The meeting started about 7:30pm and the last of us left at about 11:45pm – sorry it was so ... Read More »

Building the Solarbotics Beetlebot

Beetlebot With Cover

In mid-August I received a Solarbotics Beetlebot robot kit for review.  This is a beginners, no-solder kit featuring a simple bump-and-turn robot that looks kinda like a beetle, especially when you add the stickers Solarbotics includes: Since this is a simple, no solder kit intended for young kids, I figured it would not be fully fair to build and review ... Read More »

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