• Make and Break: A Maker’s Guide to Learning Through Failure

    David Brenner, CTO of “Thimble” recently published a piece on edsurge.com about how he discovered his love of electronics through breaking them. “When I was seven years old, I broke my parents’ only vacuum cleaner. Earlier that day, my dad had taught me how to use a screwdriver when I helped him tighten the hinges on the storm door. Armed with this knowledge, I took the vacuum cleaner out of the closet, pushed it to my room, and removed every screw. I put all of the belts, springs, gaskets, hoses, brushes, motor, and every other part I could remove in

  • INTRODUCING “THE ILLUSTRATED ARDUINO”

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 3RD, 2015   Contact: Julia Doolittle 11-22 44th Road, 2nd Floor, Long Island City, NY 11101 jdoolittle@16hertz.com 718-487-9086   Calling All Makers: Meet “The Illustrated Arduino”, a One-of-a-kind, Comic-book Style Guide to Arduino 16Hertz Releases “The Illustrated Arduino”, an open-source, hand-illustrated guide for learning the basics of Arduino programming and electronics. NEW YORK CITY, NY—(DECEMBER 3RD, 2015)—16Hertz, an educational electronics company based in New York City announces the release of their illustrated, graphic-novel style guide, “The Illustrated Arduino”. The guide is over 75 pages long, and contains hundreds of hand-drawn illustrations that take the readers through

  • Form 2 3D Printer: Or, How to Win Christmas

    The world of 3D Printing is moving fast, folks. Extruder-based models and spools of plastic filament are so–uhh…2014? Just in the past few years, breakthroughs in SLA (stereo lithography) photosensitive resin-based printers have you printing high-res models at anywhere from twenty-five to a hundred times the speed of a filament-based machine. Instead of depositing strands of plastic downwards to create a model, a resin-based printer will literally pull your creation from a pool of resin, using light and oxygen to cure it to a perfect shape. The results are incredible. These beasts (like the ones developed by Carbon3D, shown above)

  • Forever 21 “Thread Wall” Makes Pictures from Spools

    Popular fashion-chain Forever 21 commissioned BREAKFAST to build them a one-of-a-kind art installation. Using amazing ingenuity, software engineering, and meticulous construction, BREAKFAST created a machine that can recreate an Instagram photo using an 80×80 grid. Here’s the catch: each “pixel” is a spool of thread. Using material looped around spools and intensely sophisticated software, the thread screen imports the Instagram photo (hashtagged appropriately), breaks it into 6400 pixels, then assigns a color value to each pixel in order to build a low-res replication. Apparently, the machine has eight times as many parts as a car. See the thread screen-behind-the-scenes video

  • Jewelbots Inspires Girls to Code

    A new company “Jewelbots” has launched a Kickstarter campaign for their Arduino-powered friendship bracelet designed to help girls learn to code. Jewelbots comes equipped with a few outputs, including LEDs and motors.  Using the Jewelbots app, girls can start learning “code” right out of the box.  When they’re ready to move on to the next level, this open-source device is fully customizable using the Arduino IDE. “Using basic engineering logic, girls can program their Jewelbots to do just about anything they—and their besties-turned-collaborators—dream up, opening their minds to STEM during an age when many lose interest. “ Sara Chipps, Brooke

  • Interview with Erin St. Blaine, Creator of a Fully Submersible LED Mermaid Costume

    Erin St. Blaine is a life-long maker with a mission to bring incredible characters to life.  One of her more recent creations, Glimmer the Mermaid, is a fully submersible LED Mermaid costume.  With over 180 LED lights, Glimmer is a masterful work of ingenuity and engineering. Watch the video below to see Glimmer in action, then read our interview with Erin to find out how she created this incredible underwater spectacle. Your company, Fire Pixie Entertainment, does costumed entertainment for kids and adults.  I noticed a lot of your creations feature in your company’s shows.  Did you start making for your

  • 5 Robot Movies to Marathon This Weekend

    Happy Friday! So we know it’s summer. We know it’s the perfect weather to go out and enjoy yourself: to make something, to do some outdoorsy activity, etc. etc. blah blah blah. Buuuuttt if you’re feeling particularly home-bodyish this weekend, we’ve got you covered. We love robots here at 16Hertz. And we love geeky movies about robots (or androids or cyborgs or whatever. You get the gist).  Annnnd we think it’s cool to get all reactionary and scared about robots overtaking humanity.  So we decided to do a brief breakdown of 5 robot movies that warrant your attention this weekend.

  • Was MacGyver the Greatest Maker?

    Does anyone remember MacGyver?  Wikipedia will tell you literally everything you need to know (and more), but if that’s a little “too long didn’t read” for you, here’s a synopsis.  MacGyver was a show about an agent who diffused bombs with stuff like chewing gum, paperclips, car keys and cinderblocks. (okay maybe not cinderblocks).  Now that we live in a post Hurt Locker society, MacGyver obviously comes off as a little cheesy.  The unbearable 80’sness of the show doesn’t help. But say what you will about the ridiculousness of MacGyver (and believe us, there’s a lot to say), but I can’t think of a show that

  • 6 Amazing Chess Sets That are 3D Printer Ready

    This title is pretty self-explanatory.  Here are 6 incredible chess sets that we found over on Thingiverse.com.  Perfect for that outdoor chess tournament you’re itching to put together or as birthday/Labor Day gift! (…for yourself.) Medieval Android Chess Robot Vs. Wizards Chess Spiral Chess Set   Voronoi Chess Set   Squirrel Chess Set   Wireframe Chess Set

  • A Self-Returning Shopping Cart Inspired by a Faucet

    Meet John McClaire and David Vogeleer, engineers who are out to build a better supermarket parking lot. We’ve all done it: after a long day of shopping, you get your cart to your car, unload the groceries, look around for the “cart return” area, only to see it’s about eight hundred million yards away.  What do you do? That’s right. You put it in a metal cruncher. Nope, most likely you just left it there, or left it next to the other car, or pushed it into a bush. Well John and David admit to being terrible shopping cart etiquette

  • Build Yourself a LEGO Safe With Creativity and Some Magnets

    Courtesy of The Household Hacker, here’s a clever and creative way to hide someone valuable in a colorful and inconspicuous box. No one’s gonna think your LEGO project actually has Nana’s jewelry in it, will they?  Building an awesome LEGO structure with a secret compartment has to be one of the nerdiest/most fun ways to be sneaky.  The magnet trick for opening your safe has to be our favorite part. Give the quick video a look and see if building a secret LEGO compartment tickles your fancy.

  • Minecraft Education Portal: Teach Your Kids with Minecraft!

    Do your kids (or the kids you teach) love Minecraft?  While it might seem counter intuitive to bring video games into the classroom (kids are addicted to their phones enough as it is) Minecraft thinks it has something to offer teachers with its “Minecraft in Education” portal. While not a TON of details about the program have been unveiled yet, teachers can sign up on the program’s website to stay updated, and right now, their landing page boasts: “Minecraft in education is a way to teach, learn and inspire. It’s students visiting ancient civilizations to create and play out their