Even seasoned engineers feel the pain of sourcing components, prototyping and fixing buggy code. So newbie makers are pretty much doomed from the word go. There are educational kits out there but to-be-honest they’re not meant for serious projects. But some lads hidden away in East London have been secretly working on something which I expect will become the first port of call for any pro or rookie engineer. Meet SAM – a raft of sensors and outputs connected via bluetooth and wrapped up in a gorgeous circuit designer.
My bike is my second girlfriend. She’s celeste and she’s fast and I wouldn’t change anything about her. This is why I can’t have nice things. Especially mobile phone handlebar mounts. But wait a minute.. what If I use an elastic band to fasten my phone to my bike.
Engineers James Marr and Ian McMillan are founders of the first UK bamboo bicycle building workshop. Their aim – to teach all of the knowledge they’ve accumulated to those of us who would otherwise have no idea how to build such a thing.
Today we’re trying out the new MaxStone that was successfully funded recently on Kickstarter. It’s essentially a remote for cameras but with the twist of being controllable from an Android or iOS device.
With the dawn of electronic cigarettes comes a raft of accessories. Still in its infancy though the market hasn’t yet solved the problem of transporting them without them awkwardly poking out the pocket. But this handy leather wrap might just solve that.
Sugru is pretty fantastic stuff. The sticky putty has so many applications they have engineers to find them all. Design engineer Alex Bygrave accepted the challenge to build possibly the greatest Sugru invention ever – a high powered water gun.
If you’re a big coffee drinker you’ll be familiar with the mountains of used coffee grounds you end up with after making espressos. I’ve always wanted to find a practical use for them. The Internet suggests using it to wash your hands, but.. nah.
The vast Turbine Hall at Tate Modern was thrust back into industrialism this weekend with one of the largest hackathons in London.
To be original as a designer today is hard work. When things invented outweigh things seen designers can either plagiarise or give up. But little known to them are the systems and formulas successful artists use to generate ideas rapidly.
After a brief two and a half month wait my Pebble finally arrived on my desk in London. The spontaneous-purchase feeling had completely worn off and I was fairly disinterested in it after seeing dozens of Americans posting their’s online months ago. I opened the box anyway and wasn’t disappointed.
Faced with an incredible amount of university debt, extortionate rent costs and a highly competitive job market new professionals in tech have never had it harder. Thanks to a survey Mud has been conducting to find out how much freelance web designers and developers earn in the UK we can shed some light on another obstacle they must overcome – age.