Sunday, March 29, 2009

Easter themed Rube Goldberg Machine

As seen on MAKE Magazine

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

NPrize - the race to launch a tiny satellite with a tiny budget

Several teams are registered to design and launch a tiny satellite (between 9.99 and 19.99 grams) higher than 99Km and orbit the earth 9 times for less than £999.

There are a couple of prizes. £9999.99 for single-spend-to-orbit and £9999.99 for doing it with a reusable vehicle (entrants can exceed the £999 budget, but per-launch cost remains within budget).

The Official Site for the N-Prize

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Petaminx puzzle

In November, I blogged about the Pentultimate. The latest development from PuzzleForge is the Petaminx.

This amazing custom built puzzle took hours to make. It has 975 parts (not counting the 1212 hand stuck stickers).

Read more about the make at The Making of The Petaminx

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Designing Interactions

I stumbled across this website (and book and DVD) about designing interactions. The first thing that attracted me to it was this image of remote controls made simpler, by hiding features that are not commonly used.

This is just what my father-in-law needs.

Designing Interactions starts with chapters about the invention of early interaction devices like the mouse, desktop and PDA. The middle talks about designing services, the internet and play. It finishes with some discussion of what the future may hold.

Designing Interactions by Bill Moggridge

Monday, March 2, 2009

Cloudburst - aerial firefighting gadget

IMS Ltd » Cloudburst
One of the MuzGadget brothers recently did some video work for the company making this helicopter fire fighting gadget.