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I love a car with personality. Just today, I had a chat with a friend of mine who recently bought an old Honda, a ‘beater’ in desperate need of a paint job. He has a talent for the arts – Paint runs through his veins, so to speak. So, I recommended he graffiti his car.…

Do you have a soft spot for hardcore hacks, fanatical fabrication, robots, steampunk and funnel cakes? Do we even need to ask? It’s exactly why we were at this year’s Bay Area 2012 Maker Faire featuring all of that and a mass of 3D printers, tons of guest speakers, Tesla coils set to music and…

Japan has Godzilla, Russia has META-ELK. The idea is to deploy them in the thousands as… massive powerline pylons. Perhaps this is the next transmutation in the evolution of electrical Elk lords? We knew it was going to happen and these design renderings by Russian firm Design Depot put it all in perspective.

Designers of all strips and colours are producing a lot of interesting plastic-extruded work lately, especially where sound and 3D printing intersect. Here are a few things that have popped up recently worth a mention and a listen.

The most awesome thing in the history of awesome things has just come to pass. The hack slappin’ crew at F.A.T. Lab has slipped the surly bonds of inoperable construction sets making it now possible to interlink your favorite blocks with the Free Universal Construction Kit. LEGO, Tinkertoys, Lincoln Logs and seven other sets are…

This is what I would truly call ‘a 3D movie.’ This ‘3Drehkino’ is a series of 3D printed figures of a man walking. An LED is triggered by each passing figure in his appropriate pose, illuminating it and giving us the illusion of motion. Tobias Krawutschke designs all kinds of Zoetropes (which you can see here),…

Wednesday already? Time flies when you’re having fun, or while you’re neck deep in projects with ridiculous deadlines. A tangled mess of  wires doesn’t help either. What to do? Shake off the mid-week doldrums by taking a peek inside your favorite and perhaps not-so-favorite gadgets. Grab your toolbox and get inspired! This week’s entry: Just a…

Another sleep-deprived Wednesday, and nothing seems to be working. Cup of joe? No. Vat of ice? No dice. How ’bout a nice whisker plucking? Why yes, that will do just fine, thank you. After you clean up the bleeding, you can shake off the mid-week doldrums by taking a peek inside your favorite and perhaps…

There are some robots that take me back to my childhood, like this skateboard-mounted, paint-spraying graffiti machine whipping an arduino-driven pendulum arm around. Not that I went around spray-painting objects, but that I was often attached to a pendulum arm, but who wasn’t, right? It’s just the sort of thing that may have inspired So…

Ugh, Wednesdays. Like a punch to the gizzard, only slightly less satisfying. Friday’s around the corner but just out of reach. What to do? Shake off the mid-week doldrums by taking a peek inside your favorite and perhaps not-so-favorite gadgets. Grab your toolbox and get inspired! This week’s entry: a 3Dconnexion SpaceExplorer

I love my 3DConnexion 3D mouse, don’t get me wrong. But even the recent version 10 drivers have left me wanting more. I want to control reality like I do my viewport. As it turns out, that might be doable. 3DConnexion posted a video on Youtube, showing them controlling a Parrot AR Drone with a…

I think you know what would happen if you locked an engineer and designer in a room together at the same time with nothing more than a microphone and some bluesy background music. Yeah… they would lock eyes, squeeze their bowels and proceed to have an insightful conversation about design, engineering and other CAD related…

You go out with your friend for a night on the town. You bring a camera. The next morning you find photos of yourself laying across benches, manipulating your joints through the mirrored glass of bank buildings and twisting cardboard boxes around what you think might be your friend being attacked by feral cats. You’ve…

There’s nothing like hanging something completely random in a child’s room to make them flip out and question reality. I’ve always preferred turning their stuffed animals into mechanized creatures that fly soup into their mouths. They enjoy it AND it’s healthy. Some people just like to draw baby giraffes with big eyes on the wall…

Fab.com is a service that launched a few weeks ago and sets up deals—ala Groupon but with better terms for the vendors—for retail designer goods. This ranges from Andy Warhol silk screens to modern furniture. At present, it is invite only, but that is very easily taken care of. I’m more than happy to provide…

The future. Tis glorious. And while I dream of the day we’ll all have transparent skin and morphing appendages, it’s those amazing flying machines we’re likely to see such things on first. The Future by Airbus is a look at the possibilities and where they see the design of aircraft and aircraft interiors going. The…

It’s time to stop taking that van off-road. At least, that’s what my friends keep telling me. The kids like it, I say. But they yell, and tell me, it’s embarrassing. FINE. How about I drive up on their smug attitudes in a Local Motors rock-crushin’, path-rompin’ Rally Fighter? How’s that kiddos? It could happen,…

Ancient resumes. I know you have them plastered to your headboard, stuck on your fridge and lining your favorite suit coat. But really, can you get enough of them? I think not. One in particular that may get you and your proclivity for CV oddities excited, is from someone you may know as the father…

How about this? Instead of thinking about launching a set of concrete balls through the air, knocking down your cubicle walls and shattering every window around you, put it into action Goldberg style. Scott Bruins, a member of the GrabCAD elite, has put the project into effect. The idea? Build the world’s largest community built…

“I Wanna Be An Engineer So Freakin’ Bad.” Do you remember the day you said that out loud? Or, the day that somebody said it to you and you laughed at them… then felt the icy ballad of equations rattle your brain as they absorbed the oxygen around you with indescrible amounts of hand movements…