Category Archives: gadgets

‘hello world’ on the Replicator 2

20 minutes set up, 10 minutes to print. A whole new world, endless itches to be scratched, and lots of extruded, environmentally safe (comparative), plastic gewgaws, tools, parts, and maybe even inventions to come. (This is a print that comes pre-installed with the SD card you use to load files into the Replicator. The chains […]

iPad == web browser + portable TV == babysitter

From The Register: Between when the iPad began shipping in early April and the end of Apple’s most recent fiscal quarter, 7.46 million of its magical and revolutionary tablets found homes. Nielsen’s figures indicate that just under 2.4 million of those buyers — about half of whom identify themselves as “early adopters” — haven’t downloaded […]

Strangest toy scene yet

A friend of mine is plugged into many toy subcultures. This one is the most fascinating, strangest, trippiest and to some plain offensive. It’s simulated guns. These are toy guns that shoot air pellets, but are built exactly to the specifications of real guns. Tokyo Marui is the leading maker of these guns and you […]

Steven Johnson getting things right

Steven Johnson is one of my favorite writers. With the exception of Interface Culture, I would gladly see every one of his books (Everything Bad is Good for You, EMERGENCE, Ghost Map, and even The Invention of Air) be made mandatory reading people in digital design, digital strategy, digital marketing. Johnson goes deep into cognitive […]

Luvit: a starfield on your ceiling (not stickers either)

I love this Instructable and wish I could do it for me. The author, responding to that clear-but-squishy-edged school of thought that various stimuli are good for infants, created a remote-controlled pattern of fiber optic lights in his soon-to-be-born baby’s ceiling. He can remotely control the overall brightness, the rate of twinkling, and the phases […]

The depreciation of ‘gadgets’

An ignite talk by Mark Argo about the increasing open-sourcing and personalization of gadgets begins with a fun account of the way in which the word gadget has evolved and been depreciated. According the usual on-line sources (OED,, Wikipedia), the origin of gadget is not entirely clear, but there was a late-19th early-20th century […]

Memorial Plastic: Hallmark figurine captures the male bonds of Star Trek

Maker Faire — cool, but not so much on the Re-newable

Psyche! I finally made it to Maker Faire and it was every bit as fun, interesting, and inspiring as I hoped. It was big and massive with welded giants of art and smashery. It was cool and witty with installations that made you laugh and wonder how the hell they did it. It was people-focused, […]

Maker Faire Africa Concept

Flying out to MakerFaire in SF tomorrow and continue to be psyched, especially since they are focusing on renewable/sustainable America. But there’s a group trying create a Maker Faire in Africa — even more focused on social consequences and improvements from tinkering/making/experimenting ethos: When discussions of wealth creation and poverty reduction are made in reference […]

MAKErs, Hackers, Tinkerers saving the world

During President Obama’s Inaugural Address, lots of people got jazzed, and many tweeted about supporting, celebrating, and being “”the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things.” MAKE Magazine is building the Maker Faire and the most recent issue of the magazine about the transformative power of DIY — to innovate,to satisfy, and to […]