This littleBits hoodie will turn you into a walking music machine

This wearable instrument will turn you into a music-making cyborg.  When it comes to music and fashion, what’s not to love? During Maker Faire Bay Area, we had a blast jamming away to some Iggy Azalea and Jeremih beats on our pair of DrumPants. With so much excitement around the project, we couldn’t help but browse the web for some […]

Celebrating Pac-Man’s 35th birthday Maker style

Taking a look at a few Maker projects inspired by the most popular arcade game of all-time. Did you know Pac-Man turns 35 today? (Okay, now we feel old.) First released on May 22, 1980 by Namco, it would go on to become a fixture at arcades throughout the world as well as an icon in pop culture history. The game was unveiled at a time when Space Invaders and Asteroids’ monochrome […]

22 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that have caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days.  Makey Makey GO This DIY invention kit enables you to transform nearly any ordinary object into a touchpad. The JoyLabz team is currently seeking $10,000 on Kickstarter. DrumPants 2.0 This open-source […]

Playing a banana piano with Arduino, Clojure and Overtone

Maker creates a capacitive touch piano out of bananas, using an Arduino and Clojure with Overtone. If you’ve ever attended a Maker Faire in the past, then you’re well aware that the banana piano is a pretty basic hack. Think Makey Makey, where an array of ordinary fruit is transformed into a magical touch sensor, emitting songs like “Chopsticks,” as onlookers are left […]

12 projects that are redefining storytelling

In honor of World Book Day, here are some Maker innovations that are redefining storytelling… They say stories can come to life, and well, these projects have taken that saying to an entirely new level. This isn’t your typical coffee table book Jonathan Zufi’s coffee table book entitled “ICONIC: A Photographic Tribute to Apple Innovation” is the ultimate must-have for any Apple aficionado. The […]

Makers bring some iconic 1980s tech back to life

Warning: This blog post will cause some serious nostalgia. Ah, the 1980s. A time when indispensable devices like the personal computer, the Walkman and the portable gaming console hit critical mass and found their way into the heart of pop culture. After being challenged by one of our social followers to do a “Throwback Thursday” post around this iconic period, we decided to highlight some […]

Qduino Mini hits Kickstarter!

The Qduino Mini is an Arduino-compatible board with a built-in battery charger and fuel gauge. Recipient of Maker Faire awards, check. Teaching classrooms full of students and engineers, check. Mainstream media coverage, check. Showing off his work to Bill Nye, will.i.am and President Obama himself at the White House, check. It’s safe to say that 14-year-old Maker Quin Etynre […]

Learn how to #InventAnything with littleBits

Ready to become a BITSTAR? littleBits has launched a self-guided, open curriculum for Makers. As you’re probably well aware, littleBits is all about inspiring more people around the world to become Makers and not just consumers of technology. The company seeks to place the power of electronics into the hands of everyone with their easy-to-use, modular components that enable those […]

These synth stairs can play Swedish House Mafia

If there’s one thing both Tom Hanks in “Big” and Dance Dance Revolution have taught us, it’s that people like stomping on things to a particular beat. With the advent of DIY platforms like MaKey MaKey and Bare Conductive, Makers are now finding innovative ways to turn steps into sound. One Maker in particular, Barnaby Stacey, recently transformed […]

Rewind: 30 Maker musical masterpieces from 2014

There’s music making and then there’s making music. From gloves that play tunes to modded printers that blare songs, Makers have proven that just about anything — and we mean everything — can be transformed into sound. And well, as you can tell from our #ThrowbackThursday chippy takes on ‘90s hits, we love music. Not to mention, a […]