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Make: Technology on Your Time

Are you a do-it-yourselfer?  Do you love technology?  Our newest magazine, Make: Technology on Your Time, is just the thing for you!  There are enough projects in this quarterly magazine to keep you busy flying, tying, wiring, soldering, drilling, assembling, converting, testing and countless other activities, until the next issue comes out. 

There are some great projects in our current issue (vol. 25), like the cool remote control helicopter rocket that costs only $5 and takes 3 hours to make, holographic images made without a camera, and a gumball machine you operate with a secret knock, such as the famous “Shave and a haircut, two bits”.  That will keep petty thieves from stealing your gumballs! 

The projects range from small to large and from fun to functional.  This issue features a nifty microcontroller called Arduino.  If you have never heard of it, you are not alone, but you can learn a great deal about it in these pages, including the origin of the name.  (I won’t spoil it for you.) Other projects include:  a beehive made from a barrel, a solar TV remote control, a vintage phone modified for Skype, a smart yogurt maker and several game controllers.  One controller attaches to a pair of eyeglasses and “a photocell over each eye detects whether the eye is open or closed,” thereby controlling the game.  Some projects, like a marble maze, can be made with children and are marked with a red cartoon character in the index.

In addition to all of the projects there are several regular columns where you can read about new tools, gadgets, other builders’ experiences, events around the country, recommended books and so on. 

Experienced do-it-yourself whizzes and newbies alike will find projects in this magazine to get their creative juices flowing.  With the clear step-by-step instructions and photos, projected construction time and complexity you have the information you need to find and complete a project that is right for you.  Make is due to hit the shelf later this week.  It’s not too early to start thinking about a project you can do outside this spring. How about that barrel beehive?  Sweet.

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