Home Depot is closing its last seven big-box stores in China, citing a lack of a DIY ethos among the Chinese. But while sales may be flat, China's maker culture still thrives. Have YOU ever built yourself a helicopter?
This is the third video in our series of maker profiles shot as part of the Red Bull Creation competition. Here, you'll meet the puckish tinkerers behind Virginia-based North Street Labs, who favor the type of project that "makes you laugh, makes you scared, or make you laugh at the person who's scared," to quote one member. They've built everything from a motorized hammock to a game that replicates the g-forces of a Top Fuel Dragster. Warning: Dizzying footage ahead.
We’ve seen schemes for remotely-controlled cyborg insects before, including at least one DIY kit for building your own robotically-enhanced cockroach, but researchers at NC State are really moving this discipline forward (literally). A team there has developed an electronic interface that allows them to remotely control cockroaches along fairly precise paths, and they have the video to prove it.