In July, we partnered with Red Bull on the Creation event, in which teams of makers competed to build, well, great stuff. To get in on the action, they had to create an Arduino-based project. (And if that term doesn't mean anything to you, here's our video explaining what an Arduino is.)
Winners were crowned in July—including Missouri's Hack A Day team, with its dueling labyrinth tables, a sort of booby-trap pinball—and now we're spending the summer with Red Bull, as they profile other great creators from around the country, beginning with this portrait of Detroit-based builder and destroyer Ryan Doyle.
We're big fans of Arduino work here at PopSci (see: here, here, and here) and so is Red Bull. That's why they created the hack- and make-a-thon Red Bull Creation, a 72-hour competition that pits inventors against each other and streams it all online. This year, we've come together to bring you the competition, which runs from July 19 to 22. (Past projects have included a tweeting coffee pot and real-life Pong, so we're excited to see what's next.) For all the details, check out the official site and the video below. [Red Bull USA]
In my future house, I want a refrigerator that will tell me its contents via Wi-Fi, so I'll be able to check whether I need extra butter when I'm at the market. I want a lamp that will turn on when it senses sunset, so I won't have to adjust my automatic timers; I want a garden-watering system that will gauge whether my tomato plants are thirsty; and I want an outdoor rain/hail/snow sensor so I can make better weather spotter reports.
It’s no secret that PopSci loves robots, but even we think they have some shortcomings--mainly that there aren’t more of them everywhere doing everything, from the very big to the very small. Plus, robots are expensive and often complicated. But not Piccolo. This pocket-sized CNC platform from London shop Diatom Studio turns your ideas into high-quality doodlings for less than $70.