By Mike Rigsby
Posted 06.10.2009 at 7:29 pm 9 Comments
You're late for work. As you hustle out the front door, the furthest thing from your mind is the afternoon's dentist appointment that you'd scheduled last week. You'd have probably forgotten all about it — if you hadn't thought ahead by programming a home-built device to give you a voice reminder as you pass it on your way out.
Here's a handy carrying case for your movie reels. Made from 6" self-locking stovepipe, it stands 17 ½" high and accommodates 24 ordinary 200-foot reels.
After compressing the pipe until it just suited the 5 ¼" diameter of the reels, I cut it lengthwise into halves. Then I hinged the parts together, drilling the metal and using rivets to attach the hinges. On the other joint, I installed two suitcase catches, locating these to take care of the overlap.
For beautiful mood lighting, just combine off-the-shelf parts -- and add mineral oil
By Radiohole (Eric Dyer and Maggie Hoffman)
Posted 03.16.2009 at 10:03 am 20 Comments
When you're a performance artist, creating the right ambience in your show is everything. It all starts with lighting. So two years ago, my partner and I decided to build a lamp that would capture the aquatic theme of a show that our company, Radiohole, was putting on. We wanted to make a lightbulb look like it was submerged in water, so we used mineral oil, a liquid that's clear and nonconductive (we spilled a lot of oil before finally hitting on a fixture that was both portable and leakproof).
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.