Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 29
By Mark Frauenfelder
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Final Release Date: January 2012
Pages: 176

The first magazine devoted entirely to do-it-yourself technology projects presents its 29th quarterly edition for people who like to tweak, disassemble, recreate, and invent cool new uses for technology.

MAKE Volume 29 takes bio-hacking to a new level. Get introduced to DIY tracking devices before they hit the consumer electronics marketplace. Learn how to build an EKG machine to study your heartbeat, and put together a DIY bio lab to study athletic motion using consumer grade hardware.

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DIY Superhuman

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from Atlanta, GA

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If you aren't familiar with Make Magazine, you are in for a treat. That is if you like building things. If not, then move along, there's nothing to see here.

My Take On It

I have to admit I've been a fan of the concept of Make Magazine from the beginning. O'Reilly have been a big part of the open source movement for a long time, and the obvious extension of making open source software is making physical objects and sharing the "how to".

The focus of this issue is DIY Superhuman, and as such includes projects to augment your senses and capabilities. No really. Sounds like a comic book, but there are some plausible and slick projects in here.

Tacit: A Haptic Wrist Rangefinder

The one I most want to try is "Tacit: A Haptic Wrist Rangefinder". The basic premise here is that you combine sonic rangefinders, a glove, and little rubber-hand-slappers (I'll explain) to allow you to feel how close objects are. Tiny servomotors spin faster when objects are closer and smack your hand with little rubber bits. Think "buzzing" not "flogging".

I think this would be an excellent aid for someone who was vision impaired. This is clearly a hobbiest version, but it wouldn't take much to turn this into a prosthetic product.

If you have an ereader or tablet that can support PDF files, I recommend the eBook version. I have a KindleDX (larger screen, but still eInk), and it worked fine.

If you are into building things, I highly recommend you pick this one up.

I received a copy of the magazine as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. They require I actually write and post a review to continue receiving review copies, but they do not dictate what I write.


Make Magazine Volume 29 by Mark Frauenfe

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    Make: Technology on Your Time Volume 29 by Mark Frauenfelder is a great reference for anyone looking to do little projects on their own at home. In my mind, this is more a magazine than a book per se but it gives a lot of good ideas that give you a start to other projects you might not have pursued otherwise.
    I really like how they talk a lot about the Maker movement and how they highlight projects others have done. It also gives good outlines on how to do various projects along with the hardware you need and how to go about putting it all together. That, I believe, is the best part of Make.
    It is a nice read to go through and is really more of a magazine. That magazine feel is nice in that you can read something quickly and put it down without feeling like you have to review what you just read to keep going unlike most other learning books. Just pick up and go.

    Disclaimer: This book was received as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program. All comments represent my thoughts and opinions.

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