A simple DIY kit to take aerial photographs of things that are important to you - from hundreds of feet up. The drone alternative!
Aerial mapping can be lots of fun but sometimes drones are not the best option. I own and have used Public Labs Balloon Mapping kit from their original kickstarter but they are back and now is your chance to get a kit of your own.
- Matt Stultz Digital Fabrication Editor
The first fully customizable & low cost actuator system for Makers! Let's make robotics better and more affordable!
Sometimes you just need something to move in a straight line. Unfortunately this can be hard to do especially on a budget. These linear actuators take the controlled movement of a stepper motor and convert it into linear motion, in a package ready to go into your next project.
Our paper-based electronics DIY project kits using the Circuit Scribe pen to help creativity take flight with our drone!
Learn electronics by drawing your own circuits in conductive ink. A variety of projects are offered, including diy drones and calculators. —Mike Senese, executive editor
A powerful, precise and affordable CNC milling machine for your desktop. Perfect for makers, designers, fablabs & small businesses.
nice to see another contender under $1,000 for desktop milling. Very small but seems functional.
-- Caleb Kraft, Senior Editor
A light-up blinky bow tie kit that makes crafting w/ electronics super cool! It's a DIY craft, a party favor, and wearable tech in one!
Light up papercrafts are delightful. This is Natasha's newest one, and I like it almost as much as her flowers. - Caleb Kraft, Senior Editor
An easy to use desktop foam cutter. Give vent to your creativity!
Hot wire foam cutters are a great way to quickly create a prototype and can also be used for casting metal parts. The P400 is a simple and affordable option. - Matt Stultz, Digital Fabrication Editor
Create a design and press knit. A compact digital knitting machine to bring fashion fabrication back to your neighborhood.
Yes! bring more innovation to fiber arts! - Caleb Kraft, Senior Editor
Get amazing details and smooth finishes with a class-leading 70 micron laser spot size. Perfect for jewelers, artists, dentists, makers
I got a chance to check this out at the Midwest Reprap Fest and it was pretty cool! - Matt Stultz, Digital Fabrication Editor
The PiSoC is an open source development platform which gives each person a unique opportunity to create, regardless of skill level.
learn to createwith PiSoC
Wearable Muscle Sensor Platform - 4th-gen sensor - Arduino compatible - Control robots, prosthetics, video games, & more!
detect signals from your muscles to control cool things!
UPDATE: We hit our goal! But the awesomeness isn't over - we have a stretch goal of $48,000- WAIT, MAKE THAT $55,000!
Young Entrepreneurs should always have a laser cutter.
A new concept in cycling, a beautifully designed bike with smart engineering & low cost. Quality with no compromise, Priority Bicycles
Rethinking the everyday commuter bike as a lightweight, maintenance-free machine. Internally geared, with pedal brakes and a belt drive are a few of the unique features. ^NickNormal
Meet Edison - the super affordable, programmable robot. Your stepping stone into the exciting world of science and technology!
Easily programed robotics platform that is compatible with Lego. Looks like something my kids would enjoy. - caleb kraft
LaMetric Time is award-winning(Red Dot) internet-connected clock/display that enhances your interior and shows important information from the Internet and smart home devices
Really cool looking, seems like many would use it. A pretty elegant version of a ticker -caleb kraft
No more wires! Slice, store, and 3D print straight from your tablet or phone.
3d printing is just too complicated for many people.
Simply draw circuits connected to an Arduino-Compatible chip. Supercharge your sketches and unleash your inner DaVinci!
" I’ve been meaning to get my head around FPGAs, but was always put off by the learning curve and proprietary tools needed. Jack’s project is a huge step forward in making this accessible to people like me." -Brian Jepson
With our new launcher kit, you can easily make and launch all kinds of air powered rockets and planes, that fly hundreds of feet!
We're excited for the new and improved Air Rocket Launcher from <em>Make:</em> authors Rick Schertle and Keith Violette. Let's shoot some air rockets!
PongSat 2 !!!!! On September 27, 2014 we are going to send 2000 student projects to the edge of space.
Help 2000 student projects reach the edge of space via weather balloon.
A replica of the WWII-era code machine, Enigma--only it encrypts and decrypts with the help of an Arduino Mega instead of gears and wheels.
The most advanced open source laser tag system. Create your own indoor or outdoor battlefield. Build your own custom gametypes.
Arduino-based laser tag gun with tons of cool features like a LCD screen that keeps track of game time and hits.
The Portable XPlorerBoard lets you plug in 2 Arduino Micros for your projects and eliminates loose parts with its built in components.
A proto board taken--nearly--to the point of insanity. A full sized solderless breadboard plus TWO Arduinos? Excellent.
The MicroView is the first chip-sized Arduino compatible that lets you see what your Arduino is thinking using a built-in OLED display.
Breadboardable Arduinos with a built-in OLED. Brilliant and gorgeous-looking!
108 eighth grade students are designing and building their own library, and you can own a piece of it.
Help 108 eighth-graders design and build a library from scratch.
The Scorpion Light is about portability, ease of use, flexibility and affordability. Taking lighting to the limits of your imagination.
Super flexible video light able to clamp to scaffolding, tabletops, and other structures. Want to use a gel? They snap on magnetically.
Wearable LED module that attaches to your jacket or laptop case with magnets.
PiUPS is Uninterruptible Power Supply & Portable Power for Raspberry Pi or Arduino. PiUPS runs on 3 AA rechargeable batteries.
Smart battery backup for your Pi or Arduino, while actually communicating with it, informing your Pi about battery levels and other factors.
AgIC transforms a home printer into a circuit board manufacturing equipment. The fastest and cheapest way to print circuits.
Print circuits with a home printer, creating circuit boards on paper. Also supports "arty" traces so you can design really cool PCBs.
Revolutionary 3 axis camera stabilization system with line of attachments providing full house production capabilities in one package.
3-axis camera stabilizer with cool attachments and the ability to accommodate a wide variety of cameras of up to 15 pounds.
A tough aluminum frame with threaded holes and a flexible insert to secure your iPad mini. CNET calls it a "must-have" for iPad video.
Use your iPad Mini as a video camera with this protective frame that houses the iPad and all of its attachments.
NEW Solo Slider Dolly & Solo Jib system by VariZoom. Nice game changer for folks using DSLR and video camcorders 7 lbs and less.
Slider dolly and camera jib that gives you dynamic control your DSLR or smaller video camera,
Ototo is an all-in-one musical invention kit which allows you to make an instrument any way you want.
Electronic musical instrument with a dozen capacitive touch pads, four sensor ports, and preset buttons.
Phonetic Scrabble meets Apples-to-Apples! Pijin is an exciting game of quick-witted phonetic spelling & word associations!
A game of spelling with letter tiles, but with Pijin you spell with phonemes. You spell home, HOM, for instance.
The MicroSlice is a Build-It-Yourself kit, uses Open Source Software, and can be easily assembled at home by just about anyone.
Intriguing Arduino-powered laser cutter kit. Sounds like a lot of fun to build, and you get a neat tool for your efforts.
The Smart Nixie Tube is the first expandable Nixie Tube display with built-in Arduino Uno compatible hardware.
Daisy chainable RGB-illuminated nixie tubes with built-in ATmega chips.
Guitar Wing: Wireless control over software plug-ins, DAWs, iOS apps & MIDI effects units...right from your guitar or bass.
Sweet wireless control surface for a guitar, allowing the musician to control lighting, audio effects, and other add-ons right from the guitar.
Touchscreen LCD desktop 3D printer starting <$2k using LASER based tech for high speed prints, 7"x7"x9" build area, and detail.
Touchscreen-controlled resin printer that uses UV lasers to cure the layers. It offers impressive resolution for the price.
Help us restore some of the last Doggie Diner heads—a symbol of SF’s scrappy, can-do spirit during the post WWII era & beyond
These beloved and iconic Doggie Diner heads from the 60s have been on display at Maker Faire Bay Area 2007, 2009, & 2010. The restoration project is a maker feat in itself, led by John Law, founding member of The Cacophony Society, Burning Man, & the Billboard Liberation Front.
Only A Few Hours Left! The Action-Sports Drone Airframe: The Virtually Unbreakable, Practically Indestructible Airframe. Act Now!
If you've watched the web series Game of Drones (if you haven't, you need to: gameofdrones.biz) you've seen the bulletproof Sumo airframe in action. And soon you can get one of your own.
We’re creating a fantastical indoor mini-golf course, tricked out with high-tech kinetic sculptures, robots & crazy vertical structures
Indoor miniature golf? What took so long?
The safest and most technologically advanced pair of cycling gloves ever made. Period.
I love the things makers are creating for cyclists. Zackees turn signal gloves are one of those "why didn't I think of that" products. But I didn't. Zach Vorhies did. And he deserves your support for his bright idea.
The Perspective series are five clocks composed of straight lines, each demonstrating a different approach to the dimension of time.
These neat clocks allow you to view time in different ways, using geometric shapes. You'll see a given configuration only twice a day!
Part whimsical toy, part art object, I’ve created ITSABOB to transform balloon play. It celebrates the act of letting go.
You know that awesome feeling of letting a balloon go and watching it rise? Artist and inventor Jed Burke has created a fun new toy that celebrates the act of letting go with Itsabob, the balloon toy you can let you that comes back to you!
Foxonix makes it easy to create your own toys, games, and interactive projects that include custom sounds, lights, sensors, and motors.
A former electrical engineer for the toy industry, the maker of Foxonix wants to bring embedded sound to projects using open hardware design. It's compatible with Arduino or use it as a standalone interface.
Great project from a hard-core maker, this will go a long ways towards protecting cyclists who usually end up on the bad side of accidents. Great design with dead-simple functionality.
Hacker Scouts needs to develop our Oakland headquarters to better serve the Bay Area and successfully prototype national projects
The Hacker Scouts are a worthy organization spreading the maker movement far and wide, and providing exciting activities for kids.
I make extreme sugar skulls: filled with tiny scenes lit by LEDs, and sealed to last. This video shows how, but I want to show more.
Tremendously original, outlandish, and exciting. These are beautiful creations.
Robot Turtles is the the most-backed board game in Kickstarter history. It sneakily teaches programming fundamentals to kids ages 3+.
Play a great game, and give your kids a leg up on that computer science career? Sounds like fun to us!
Hex is the world's first personalized smartphone controlled nanocopter that lets you see the world from a different perspective.
A great-looking little copter project! May be the most reasonable solution out there for POV video.
We are really excited to see this new evolution in microcontrollers! Looks like "micro controller boards for web programmers" is now officially a thing.
Transform any flat surface into a 3D multitouch surface to control your computer, TV, or any other screen.
Another exciting foray into the next generation of user/machine interface. No one has quite got it right yet, but Haptix looks promising!
Flutter is a high performance microcontroller platform for the connected age. Fast ARM CPU, hardware cryptography, battery charging, and onboard wireless with over 1 kilometer range. Easy to program with Arduino onboard.
Flutter looks like a drop-dead simple wireless microcontroller solution that could make a huge array of applications possible, and downright easy to achieve. And the price is great!
Gon Kirin, a fire-breathing 17,000 lb steel and found object sculpture of the Light Dragon, has been invited to exhibit at Artprize.
We love Gon Kirin! They have been to 4 Maker Faires and helping them get to this event is the least we can do. If you want to see an amazing creation, give them your backing!
Pixy is a fast vision sensor you can quickly “teach” to find objects, and it connects directly to Arduino and other controllers.
Our projects editor says "I think we should [curate] it because I want to build projects with it! Sensors/Computer Vision is one of 6 core maker tech areas we cover regularly in the mag and online."
Industrially designed to keep your Pi safe, even outdoors & lets you program, shoot video, game, overclock & play with electronics...
This zinc alloy Raspberry Pi enclosure not only protects your mini computer from the elements, but it also has a mount for the camera board. It looks like it would be great for outdoor camera projects
Transmit or receive any radio signal from 30 MHz to 6000 MHz on USB power with HackRF.
The possibilities for this project boggle our minds, and tickle our imaginations. A winner of our Crowdfund Fund poll, we have backed this project ourselves, and will report on it when/if delivered.
A great, simple robot chassis for anyone to start with. A winner of our Crowdfund Fund poll, we have backed this project ourselves, and will report on it when/if delivered.
The Friendly and Educational Art Robot that Paints with Watercolors!
We love Super Awesome Sylvia, and this project is wonderful.
Cyberculture pioneer Gareth Branwyn (Boing Boing, Mondo 2000, Wired, MAKE) presents a compelling collection of his work.
Former MAKE editorial director Gareth Branwyn's collection of writings is one tome we can't wait to check out. Among other accomplishments, Gareth wrote one of the first books about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour), was a founding column editor for Wired, and an editor at bOING bOING.
Retired Fire Hose, salvaged from U.S. fire departments, and featured in one-of-a-kind mats for the home or office.
We love creative and ethical re-use, and this project fits that description to a tee. When great design meets functionality, and you toss in a dash of charity, we all win.
An indie documentary about a wandering traveler turned full-time maker magician. Monkeybots, suitcase machines, and more.
Very interesting short film project about a magician who is also a maker. So neat to see him building stuff; get to see a it of the magic!
Poppy turns any iPhone into a 3D camera. Capture, view and share 3D video clips and photos, all in one inexpensive device.
Looks pretty cool and a little retro. And imaginative add-on to your phone!
Cover up that camera. Respect people's privacy. Give GlassKap to others and encourage eye-catching fun with Google Glass accessories.
One of the biggest ongoing controversies with Google Glass is how to assure peoples' privacy is being respected. Here's a perfect, and perfectly-simple, answer.
RK-1 is a wifi enabled mobile robot that you control using your iOS or Android tablet or phone that makes your Arduino projects mobile.
Wonderful open-source project to let you take your Arduino projects mobile.
ModiBot is a design-your-own-toy system of more than 400 different interlocking parts, personalized by 3d printing & your imagination
Another featured maker at this year's Hardware Innovation Workshop, ModiBot is a great system that will inspite your kids' imaginations!
A book dedicated to teaching artists and all makers how to start, run, and market their own business using the latest technology.
Lincoln Kamm is a dedicated maker who learned how to turn his passion for making into a sustainable business. The knowledge he will share here is from experience and valuable to other makers wanting to make the leap.
An innovative, portable tool run from apps on smartphones, tablets or PCs. Push-button CNC technology for jobsites and DIY projects!
As seen at the Hardware Innovation Workshop, this is an amazing next-generation workshop/worksite tool.
A fork of the ground breaking Kossel 3D Printer, with all 3D Printed parts injection molded for ease of assembly and cost reduction.
An exciting new 3DP we're keeping our eyes on.
DaDING! The videogame inspired, interactive lamp for your inner geek, gamer and child.
So much fun, and such a great maker project!
Lumu is the light meter for the iPhone. Made to unleash the creativity in photographers.
Once again demonstrating that ingenuity breeds advancement, this is a great project for pro photographers. Like the Square is for merchants, the Lumu will be for camera hounds. Sometimes the best light meter is the one in your pocket.
Kids learn electronics by building projects: combines electronic building blocks with the first-ever augmented reality tutor app.
Winner of the pitch competition at the Hardware Innovation Workshop this year, LightUp is an inspiring tool to teach kids electronics. We love it!
A simple, cheap infrared camera which can measure plant health -- for geek gardeners, farmers, and open source DIY scientists.
Great project to help folks hack their cameras and see things they never could before.
Easy to get started, Arduino-compatible, Raspberry Pi friendly, robot loaded with absolute encoding, accelerometer, Battery and ZigBee.
Absolutely wonderful-looking robot project! Easy to use out of the box, but with amazing layers to be discovered.
SolePower is a power generating shoe insole for charging portable electronics while you walk.
This looks pretty neat — charge your portable devices by walking!
The motion control unit for your iPhone, Android and Camera that is fun, simple-to-use, and fits in your pocket.
An excellent and innovative idea to bring high-end camera effects to the smartphone market.
A tiny Wi-Fi development board. Arduino + Wi-Fi + ARM Cortex M3 + wireless programming + REST API = awesome.
Another great Arduino add-on to facilitate dev projects.
Display images and animations on your bike wheel. Download your own graphics to the Monkey Light Pro and show them while you ride.
A fan favorite (and Editor's Choice ribbon award-winner) at Maker Faire Bay Area this year, this may be the ultimate nighttime bike hack and safety feature.
BlinkyTape is a flexible and portable LED strip with 60 pixels and integrated BlinkyBoard USB-programmable light processor.
A great tool for artistic makers looking to add easily-programmable lighting to their project.
UDOO takes your DIY projects to the next level and it’s a powerful tool for education and creativity.
Is this the first Super-board?!
The statue has a free Wi-Fi hotspot & a time capsule to be opened Jan 7, 2043... and then the statue might go to Mars.
Great idea to recognize one of the truly innovative makers.
Fashion accessories inspired by architectural patterns, made by hand in Oakland California.
One of our favorite kinetic artists, Benjamin Cowden, is applying his mad design skills to this new project of crafted architectural fashion. Three days to go and he's almost there. Have a look!
Now anyone can transform touch into sound (and so much more!) with the Touch Board, an easy-to-use Arduino-compatible device.
This Arduino-based board from Bare Conductive promises to bring a new level of interactivity to your projects. The Touch Board uses capacitive sensing to turn just about any semi-conductive material into a touch or proximity detecting interface - no grounding required.