TUCKED AWAY IN the forests of New Hampshire, somewhere just outside of Strafford, is a family of giant metal boxes. Each one is filled with 50 drawings and rigged with a system of gears that lets you crank through the images with the turn of a handle. As the illustrations flip past, they combine to form a simple animation. They’re like those flip books you used to play with as a kid, only much, much bigger. READ MORE: Giant Flip Books Are Hiding in the Woods of New Hampshire | WIRED
It was an idea brewing in the mind of CJSW station manager Myke Atkinson for a long time: a library to explore the varied Calgary music scene.
So the station approached the Calgary Public Library and, with the help of a $30,000 grant from the Calgary Foundation, built the Calgary Local Music Library. The mobile unit will travel to eight libraries over eight months and will house 200 CDs of notable local music, digital picture frames displaying historical Calgary music photos and posters, and a listening station, so people can sample before they borrow. READ MORE: Calgary Public Library and Local Radio Station Work Together to Launch Local Music Collection | LJ INFOdocket
They’ve long served as communal gathering spots, but these civic institutions are becoming gateways to technological tinkering. READ MORE: How Libraries Are Becoming Modern Makerspaces | The Atlantic
According to a 2015 study of more than 4,000 designers conducted by Subtraction.com and Adobe’s Khoi Vinh, 64 percent of designers still prefer pencil and paper to begin the creative brainstorm process.
Despite this, most companies continue to invest in digital drawing. Apple, Wacom, FiftyThree and others continue to design innovative hardware and apps, such as the iPad Pro and Bamboo Paper, to enhance performance and increase speed while on the go. Are the efforts to bring digital deeper into the creative workflow all in vain?
The answer, as you might suspect, is no. Digital will never be a paper killer, but hardware and apps leveraging the latest technology advances are closing the gap with undeniable benefits in accessibility, efficiency and artistry. READ MORE: The Benefits Of Digital Drawing | TechCrunch
The Surprising Benefits of Role-Playing Games (and How to Get Started) | LifeHacker
When you hear about role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons, you probably picture a dimly-lit basement filled with people in silly robes rolling dice, but there’s much more to it than that. Not only are role-playing games incredibly fun, but they can actually teach you skills you’ll use in the real world.
Top 10 Ways Video Games Can Improve Real Life | LifeHacker
We love video games for their fun and entertaining nature, but even when we put the controllers down, video games or at least thinking like a gamer can positively influence the rest of our lives. Here are ten ways video games do us good.
With its Color Alive line, Crayola was the first company to merge coloring books and apps so kids could bring their on-page creations to life. But Disney Research is taking that idea one step further by letting kids see a coloring book character move in 3D while they’re still coloring it. It’s all made possible by a new augmented reality app that Disney Research has developed that’s able to track and capture real-time images from a mobile device’s camera, and then map them onto any 3D deformable surface. READ MORE: Disney Has Invented 3D Coloring Books | Gizmodo
Makerspaces are great for bringing your gadget ideas to life, but they’re not usually much help to nurses who may want to invent (or improvise) tools needed to take care of their patients. That’s where the University of Texas’ new, permanent MakerHealth Space might just save the day. Nurses and other workers at the school’s John Sealy Hospital now have a dedicated area with 3D printers, laser cutters and other equipment that lets them create or modify devices (say, a pill bottle sensor) without leaving work. The facility sterilizes and reviews every product before it’s put into service, so you shouldn’t have to worry about a risky tool ruining your hospital stay. READ MORE: Hospital makerspace lets nurses build their own tools | Engadget
- MakerBot Offers 3-D Printing Resources, Ebook for Educators | School Library Journal
- New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | WIRED
- A Kids’ Book Where Every Character Can Be 3-D Printed | WIRED
- 8 experiences you should try on Google Cardboard right now | CNET
- Documentary ‘Print the Legend’ Goes Inside the World of 3D Printing | Mashable
- BBC launches Technobabble tool for children to make their own games | The Guardian Site is aimed at 7-14 year-old digital makers: ‘The only requirements are access to the web, a willingness to experiment and an idea’
- Animation Made Easy: The best tools for student projects, from stop motion to GIFs | School Library Journal | The Digital Shift
- Free Photo Editing Software Lets You Manipulate Objects in 3D | Reframe | Gizmodo
- Pixar’s Powerful 3D Rendering Software RenderMan Is Now Free to Use | LifeHacker
- 3D sketching system ‘revolutionizes’ design interaction and collaboration | KurzweilAI
University of Montreal researchers present their Hyve-3D system at SIGGRAPH 2014 conference.
- Turn Your iPhone Into a Crappy 1985 Camcorder With This App | Gizmodo
- Researchers create a virtual screen with touchable objects | Engadget
- With the new 3Doodler pen, drawing in midair isn’t just make-believe | Mashable
- MIT unveils 3D printing with glass breakthrough | Mashable RELATED: MIT scientists make it easy to tweak designs for 3D printing | Engadget
Arduino & Robotics
- How to Make Your Own Homemade Clock That Isn’t a Bomb | WIRED
- This Arduino Basic Kit has everything a newbie maker could ask for | Engadget
It’s easy to think about tinkering around with Arduino, but take more than 30 seconds to look at the platform, and suddenly it becomes daunting: not only do you need an Arduino itself, but to get started you need resisters, wires, LEDs, screens and a host of other components that are almost always sold separately. Have no fear, newbies: there’s a new Arduino Basic Kit in town, and it has all the spare parts a beginner could want.
- Acer’s Arduino-based Cloud Professor wants to get kids into the IoT | arstechnica
Educational dev kit tries taking sting out of programming cloud-connected devices.
- Build Like Ahmed with These Awesome Electronics Projects | LifeHacker
- A Kit To Build Your Own Computer Controls | FastCompany
- This Tech Giant Taught 3,000 Kids to Build Robots in a Year | WIRED
- Skechers stitched the Simon memory game into its new kids’ sneakers | Engadget
Raspberry Pi & Microcomputers
- Raspberry, Shmazberry, There’s A $15 Single Board Computer Called The Orange Pi | TechCrunch
- Raspberry Pi gets an official touchscreen display | Engadget
- Seven Ready-Made Raspberry Pi Projects You Can Install in a Few Clicks | LifeHacker
- RetroPie 3 Lets You Play Old Games On Your New Pi | TechCrunch
- Now Kids Can Build Their Own HD Display With The Kano Screen Kit | TechCrunch
Kano‘s crazy cool educational PC is about to get a bit more visual. Kano CEO Alex Klein tweeted out that the company has launched a pre-order for an HD display kit. The Raspberry Pi based platform is a great, affordable way to show kids some of the bare basics of computers and is a great DIY project for hobbyists as well.
- The BBC Is Giving Away 1 Million Hacking Kits To Kids | FastCompany
This fall, every 11- and 12-year-old school kid in the U.K. will be given a BBC Micro:bit, a tiny pocket-sized computer with no screen, no keyboard, nothing that most people would recognize as a computer. Until you program it, it sits there as dead as a circuit board ripped from any other electronic device. But hook it up to the world with clips and cables and sprinkle on a little code and it can turn into a guitar, an automatic plant-waterer, a loudspeaker, a games console, or almost anything a kid can dream up.
- This Tiny Computer Stacks Into a Colorful Lego Brick | Gizmodo
- Build an Automated Birdwatching Camera with a Raspberry Pi | LifeHacker
If you have a birdhouse in your yard, you could spend days sitting around with binoculars waiting to see what cool little inhabitants come by. Or you can take Instructables user Sebelectronique’s lead and build a Raspberry Pi-powered camera inside a birdhouse. RELATED: Teach Kids Tech And Life With A Pi-Powered DIY Camera Trap | TechCrunch
- Back Up And Sync Your Files Inside A Mason Jar With Raspberry Preserve | TechCrunch
An innovative DIYer has figured out a way to skillfully merge a Raspberry Pi running BitTorrent Sync with a traditional glass Mason jar. The result is a homemade service that keeps files in sync between all of your devices.
I’d love to have a toolkit that promised me great, creative ideas every time I sat down to work. Obviously that’s not going to happen—creativity doesn’t come from tools. But luckily there are some tools that can improve our chances of working creatively. According to research, these six tools can help inspire your next big idea. READ MORE: The 6 Best Tools For Creative Work, According To Science | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.
Regardless whether the hologram created is actually in 3D, this project would make a fantastic makerspace activity!
LONDON – If you happen to have an old CD case and a few basic tools lying around, this one will make a pretty cool party trick. British YouTuber and independent tech reviewer Mrwhosetheboss has uploaded an instructional video on how to turn any old smartphone into a 3D hologram projector – using nothing more complicated than a sharp knife, a ruler, a pen and paper, an old CD case and four squares of sticky tape. READ MORE: Here’s how you can generate a 3D hologram with your smartphone | Mashable