Project Ideas


posted Mar 12, 2013, 11:49 AM by Lendy Dunaway   [ updated Mar 12, 2013, 11:49 AM ]

Lego's third generation Mindstorms kit has been redesigned to appeal to both kids desperate to craft and modelers looking for even more customizability. With assembly instructions now provided by a 3D animated diagram on an iPad app, this isn't the Lego you'll have remember from childhood. Read more here.

Caine's Arcade

posted Mar 10, 2013, 7:49 PM by Lendy Dunaway

9-year-old Caine Monroy spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store, and invited people to play. The entire summer went by, and Caine had yet to have a single customer, until one day, a filmmaker named Nirvan stopped to buy a door handle. What happened next inspired this movie, posted April 9th, 2012 – five days later, the movie launched a movement.

RGB LED Coffee Table

posted Feb 27, 2013, 10:48 AM by Lendy Dunaway

This is a nice project that results in a really cool table when you're done. They've done a nice job documenting the build and programming steps so you can feel assured of success. Of course this could also be a great starting point for making your own custom designs.  Take a look. The divided light compartments are a perfect CNC project all by themselves.

Fun Furniture

posted Feb 6, 2013, 1:51 PM by Lendy Dunaway

Colorful and whimsical furniture is a great idea. There are many inspiring examples to be found on the web. Make it special by adding LEDs, secret compartments or other interesting features. You can design it to fit perfectly in your room and fill a need that is uniquely yours. 

North Skirt

posted Feb 6, 2013, 1:44 PM by Lendy Dunaway

Meredith Scheff has a really neat project on the SteamPunkWorkshop website. The NorthSkirt is a soft circuit project that incorporates flexible soft-circuit boards (now, StarBoards), a hacked NorthPaw kit, and a strong desire to have a soft-circuit project actually DO something.

What does it do? It points north, silly.

Desk Lamp

posted Feb 4, 2013, 9:15 PM by Lendy Dunaway   [ updated Feb 4, 2013, 9:24 PM ]


Here's a couple of ideas that would result in a useful desk accessory. The mechanical design make these two lamps very interesting and functional. Items like these are especially nice because they are perfectly at home at Maker Faire and on your favorite study desk.


Landfill Harmonic

posted Feb 4, 2013, 6:17 PM by Lendy Dunaway   [ updated Feb 4, 2013, 6:47 PM ]

This is a video that tells a moving story about makers that build with trash. Landfill Harmonic is an upcoming feature-length documentary about a remarkable musical orchestra in Paraguay, where the musicians play instruments made from trash.

Antique Light Bulb Organ

posted Feb 4, 2013, 9:38 AM by Lendy Dunaway

Antique Light Bulb Organ
Here's one of my favorite instructables

Create your own  antique light bulb organ to add nostalgic ambiance to any midi instrument!

12 light bulbs correspond to the 12 notes in an octave (minus the octave note). The rectangular box unfolds to position the light bulbs vertically for display, while at the same time providing a platform for the keyboard in use. Playing a note on the keyboard directly via midi, or through the usb port illuminates the light bulb for a particular key. Releasing the note, releases the key. Pedal presses are also recognized and keep the bulb maintained. The bulbs can be controlled without a computer by using the front mounted midi port, or via computer which allows for remote control via midi or osc messages. More about that later...

The light organ was built for and is currently in use by the band Future Dancing , see the video below to see it in action!


posted Feb 3, 2013, 9:09 AM by Lendy Dunaway   [ updated Feb 3, 2013, 9:25 AM ]

Games are a great idea for a Maker Faire Project. Davis and I were at Outback Steakhouse one night with a little time to kill and big stack of coasters. After several tries and a few modifications we came up with this game specifically to pass the time while waiting for our food order. We changed coasters to sugar packs because we figured they'd be more common. It's simple. Give it a try and then come up with your own.

Sugar Pack Attack     A game for two players or teams
Sugar PacksObject:    Arrange three sweetener packets of your color in a diagonal line.
Setup:      Each player selects a color; white, blue, yellow or pink and then starts
with four sweetener packets of that same color.

Play:          The youngest player starts. Subsequent games are started by the loser of the previous game. The first player begins by placing one of their packets in the center of the table. Players then alternate placing packets. Each packet played must be placed adjacent to at least one edge, left, right, above or below, of a previously played packet. Once all four of each player’s packets are played the current player selects one of their own packets and moves it such that it has at least one edge adjacent to a previously played packet.  The current player may not reverse their previous move. Play continues until a player creates a diagonal line three packets long of their color.

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