This week, Made by Many launched their first Kickstarter campaign for Hackaball. This new toy aims to teach 6 to 10 year-olds to code without them noticing. At this age, programming should be all about fun and play. The rechargeable ball can vibrate, emit sounds and light, and connects to an iPad over Bluetooth to make games.
In collaboration with New York musician Birdmask Ylenia Gortana has created a wearable drum machine while studying at Weissensee School of Art in Berlin.
Musician, artist and engineer Dmitry Morozov has combined his interests and created an intriguing glitchy device for reasons only known to him. gbg-8 is a mashup of an Ardiuno, Gameboy, camera and thermal printer.
Pebble Time is possibly the most talked about smartwatch of this past month. It was fully funded within minutes of its launch and broke Kickstarter’s record of the biggest amount pledged; it has since reached almost 20 million dollars, with still time to go before the campaign ends. Its predecessor, Pebble, is number 3 to-date on the Kickstarter leaderboard.
The iconic ErgoDox keyboard is found on the nerdiest of desks. Not only does it look like something out of Hackers (movie) but owning one requires buying each component and building it by hand. Luckily, though, someone has seen a gap in the market and filled it. Owning an ErgoDox is now a possibility for everyday people like you and I.
We throw away far too many fixable electronics. Encouraged by manufacturers who would rather us replace than repair and not helped by councils scrapping recycle schemes we’re quickly burying ourselves in needless waste. It’s estimated that Britain alone chucks out electronics worth £762 million a year. But armed with a bit of knowledge and some cheap tools everyone has the power to undo this terrible statistic.
As a maker, your soldering iron is an essential part of your toolkit. The problem is, using solderless breadboards is so easy that it doesn’t see much action and ends up gathering dust in the corner of your workbench. Through their campaign A Kit A Month, Pocketmoneytronics will deliver 5 different small circuits through the post for you to solder. With these fun PCBs, you could even teach the young makers in your house how to do it themselves.
‘Project Morpheus’ is certainly the most interactive VR offering yet, with three fully immersive demos. One of which, ‘London Heist’, is a first-person shooting game in which you duck behind desks, pop up to shoot, and use PlayStation Move controllers to reload.
When the laptop of Min-Kyu Choi was scratched by a British plug he vowed to find a solution and end our suffering. With help from Matthew Judkins he developed the world’s thinnest USB charger and have smashed their Indiegogo target by $120,000.
Naturally I wanted a case to hide the wire spaghetti my Arduino project had become, and so I set off looking for a way to make my own. But my box of 100mm turned out to be a nightmare of construction.
Face it. You’ve no idea what the bolts and screws at the bottom of your toolbox are for and you never will. You have two options. You can sell them on Etsy as relics of a departed era. You can cash them in as scrap. Or you can transform them into the little robots known as The Offbits.