In just two years, MAKE has rapidly become one of the hottest new magazines to hit the newsstands. Often coined "the bible of the Tech DIY movement", the MAKE team has passionately pursued it's stated goal: to unite, inspire, inform and entertain a growing community of imaginative and resourceful people who pursue amazing projects in their backyards, basements, garages and even modified kitchen counter labs - tech enthusiasts, backyard scientists, hobbyists, renegade crafters, hackers, students and backyard inventors and dreamers of all ages. Their vision:
To spread the knowledge, skills and clever workarounds of innovative Makers across the DIY marketplace to aspiring makers, students of all ages and educators;
To grow the World's largest "Science Club" around the Makers Brand; a constellation of communities that nurture, support and inspire scientific and technological exploration, learning and mentoring for people of all ages, ethnicities, gender and cultural background.
To inspire and re-engage youth from all walks of life in the joys of science, engineering, technology and the arts.
Through the brilliantly written and beautifully illustrated magazine, podcasts and makezine.com website, the MAKE team has won broad acclaim for their clear yet down-to-earth coverage and uncanny instinct for what moves Makers, and their ability to nail the curiosity, vibrance, and passion of the rapidly emerging "tech DIY" movement. In this special re-release, all 4 volumes of MAKE's second year are combined in this special 4-Volume Collector's Set.
Believe it or not, the following is mere sampling of the projects and articles you'll find in MAKE: The Next Year
It Came From My Garage
Model kit makers bring B-movie monsters to your home.
MAKE looks at slide rules.
And a discourse on blind men, chipmunks, whales, and the future.
The street-legal electric car of the future is coming--not from Japan or Detroit--but from your neighbor's garage.
Dive, Darn It, Dive!
It's a matter of sink and swim at the 8th international autonomous underwater vehicle competition.
Backyard Zip Line
Be the hit of the neighborhood with a high-flying, tree-to-tree transporter.
Soda Bottle Rocket by Steve Lodefink
You don't have to be Burt Rutan to start your own rocket program. With a few empty soda bottles and some PVC pipe, you can build a high-performance water rocket.
Wind Powered Generator by Abe and Josie Connally
With a motor and some piping, it's suprisingly easy to build this inexpensive, efficient windmill generator--and enjoy free energy forever.
The Jam Jar Jet
Don't think you can build a jet engine at home? Here's a simple jet engine--a pulsejet--that you can make out of a jam jar in an afternoon. All it takes is bending some wire and punching a few holes.
The Quick and Dirty: Holes, Rivets, and Bent Metal by Mister Jalopy
Learn three essential shop fabrication techniques and reward yourself by making a wi-fi signal deflector.
Sneaky Uses for Everyday Things
Turn a remote control car into an alarm system.
Pages last longer, lie flatter, and look better inside a handsome, durable hardcover.
Out Damned Spot!
The chemistry of stain removal.
Pump Down the Volume
Five simple steps to a quieter PC.
Use a gunbelt and leg holster to hold your gear.
Boost Your Signal
Improving MyFi XM satellite radio reception.
The World As Your Canvas
Use GPS to create giant-sized works of art.
Circuit Quiz Game
Teach kids about circuitry in 30 minutes.
iSight Tripod Mount
Point your webcam anywhere you want.
The Fauxlance Photographer
How to get VIP treatment by dressing the part of a pro photographer.
Ten Dollar Pseudoscope
See everything inside out through this classic optical instrument.
Citizen Weather Station
Collect meteorological data on your roof and donate it to science.
Portable, collapsible model rocket launch pad.
Bioluminescence detector lights way toward insect-cyborg pollution sensor.
Legal And Free Digital Satellite TV
Use a long-obsolete Primestar dish to pull in a wide world of programming.
Digital TV On The Cheap
You can get many of the benefits of Digital TV (DTV) for as little as 20 bucks, if you're willing to do a little tinkering.
Full Mast Reception
Build your own satellite dish mast in three easy steps.
Reusing components from discarded electronics.
Theory & Practice: IR Remote Control Protocol by Bunnie Huang
Get an infrared remote to turn your room lights on and off.
How circuits communicate with the outside world.
Computers in the Machine
Emulation software gives you free, zero-footprint, vintage computers.
Digital Video Production: Create Explosive Visuals
Real movie explosions are dangerous, expensive, and usually unnecessary.
Tones Dem Tones, Damn Ringtones
Shouldn't people make their own ringtones, not buy them?
Ship of Cards
Popular card games become an exercise in miniature construction.
The balloon men at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Totch Brown's Pit Pan Gator Boat
Start your boat-building hobby by building this one.
A Beginner's Guide to BEAM b
The BEAM design approach creates nimble robots from simple components, with no programming required.
Become a desktop general with these battlin' bot tanks.
Bots in a Snap
The nuts and bolts of Lego robot design.
Cogs and Cocktails
Meet the drink-serving, drunk-driving droids at Roboexotica.
The Vex Robotics Design System
Versatile, powerful design raises the bot in prefab robotics construction kits.
Mini Mars Rover
A wireless remote control camera on wheels.
Hot Air by Mister Jalopy in The Quick and Dirty
Build a do-everything manifold to control, dry, route, and use compressed air.
Two BEAMbots: Trimet and Solarroller
Solder together one simple circuit and use it to control two very different solar-powered robo-critters: a little satellite that scoots and bumps around, and a mini cart that just keeps a-rolling until the sun goes down.
Make an autonomous robot that can chase a ping-pong ball, push it into a goal, and take other programmable actions. When you're finished, you'll have a few more wrinkles in your brain and no more fears of robot attacks.
Building Tensegrity Models
Make a "needle tower" sculpture from dowels and elastic cord that seems to defy the laws of physics.
Make and toss a bunch of these inexpensive little lights to add color to any ferromagnetic surface in your neighborhood.
It's Email Time
Innocent-looking "clock" monitors the unread-message pileup in your inbox.
For FPS gaming, a cellphone vibrator gives a kick to your clicks.
Producing TV shows on the cheap.
Da Xerox Code
How to read the tracking dots in your color Xerox printer.
Let There Be (Front) Light
Add an LED front light to your Game Boy Advance for $5.
Modifying tech for pre-mouse toddlers.
Homecasting Digital Music
Good old FM beats wi-fi for sending streamed music around your house.
Up from the ghetto blaster, a new life as a functional-art stereo component.
Taking stereographs is easier and more fun than ever.
Macro Photography On a Budget
Pringles-can lens extender produces dazzling ultra close-ups for peanuts.
$130 Digital Picture Frame
Build one in 15 minutes.
The Secrets of Monitoring Atmospheric Haze
Make a measuring instrument with an old video case and $20 worth of parts.
RFID for Makers by Joe Grand
Build this kit to read radio frequency ID tags.
The MAKE Controller
Announcing a just-maybe-revolutionary microcontroller for all things DIY.
MakeShift by Lee D. Zlotoff
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to survive an earthquake, a flood, and a hungover neighbor.
Roomba Tronic by Phillip Torrone
Take a tour into the underground robotic relentlessness of Roomba hacks, robots in the streets of Austin, and robot cockfighting.
Off-the-Shelf Parts, Off-the-Wall Ideas by George Dyson
Looking for the dawn of the digital universe? Check in the basement, next to the lavatory.
My Version of Einstein's Amplifier
Tyler Rourke tells how he built a replica of a hi-fi system built by Jack Rosenberg for Albert Einstein's 70th birthday gift.
Power an LED with some salty water and $1.21.
Shopping Cart Chair by Tim Anderson in Heirloom Technology
Turn a shopping cart into a comfortable and stylish wheelchair.
A maker in the middle recreates a kit classic.
Magnetic Switches from Everyday Things
Control many devices from afar with the magnetically sensitive Sneaky Switch.
The tale of a cute, blue microcontroller that fits nicely in the palm of your hand, and the expanding community of developers who love and support it.
Life and Death at Low Temperatures b
How to freeze and revive a garden snail.
A Sublime Machine
Mike Wilder makes Lego robots for time-lapse 3D videos of carnivorous plants.
Kitchen Counter DNA Lab
Extract, purify, and experiment with the blueprint of life.
Home Molecular Genetics
Extract, fingerprint, and replicate your own DNA.
Hack Your Plants!
Play God in your garden--create custom fruits, flowers, veggies, and more.
Hack a $30, single-use camcorder to make it reusable, then launch it up in a model rocket and capture thrilling astronaut's view footage of high-speed neighborhood escape and re-entry.
The Two-Can Stirling Engine b
The Stirling engine has long captivated inventors and dreamers. Here are complete plans for building and operating a two-cylinder model that runs on almost any high-temperature heat source.
Home Mycology Lab
Use an off-the-shelf home air purifier to make a laminar flow hood for your own miniature mycology lab. Then use it to culture and grow mushrooms, and to perform other experiments that require a clean-room environment.
Head-Mounted Water Cannon
Use steel fire-extinguisher power to pummel plastic squirt toys.
Weatherproof Wi-Fi Access Point b
Outdoor router with minimal coaxial run maximizes network range.
Convertible Jockey Box
Portable cooler taps and dispenses ice-cold beer from both kegs and mini-kegs.
Beepkiller: Parental Revenge
Three ways to silence annoying toys.
iPod Video Converter Cable
An easier way to watch iPod video on your TV.
Automate Your Voicemail Greeting
Program Asterisk to daily update your outgoing message in your own voice.
12 easy steps to a cooler you.
USB keydrive lets you listen to, read, and play what you want on any machine.
El Cheapo Cantenna
"Mountain Grown" coffee can makes homegrown wi-fi range extender.
Backup Power To Go
9V battery USB-compatible charger juices up portables in a pinch.
Palm Pilot Notebook
Modified hardback book contains extra-powered PDA and travel keyboard.
Homemade two-axis plotter finds work as a cariacature artist.
How to Drink Beer on C-SPAN
Put yourself into somebody else's video.
Monster MIDI Detector
Here's an easy-to-build MIDI detector packaged in a small Japanese action figure.
Duct Tape and Cyclotrons
Incredible machines at thte Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
MakeShift by Lee D. Zlotoff
The creator of MacGyver challenges you to save a man stuck in a fissure filled with toxic gas.
Unearthing ancient Apple II files on AOL.
Strange Love by George Dyson
Or, how they learned to start worrying and love to hate the bomb.
My Robosapien in a Can
High-Flying Video from Rocket-Launched Camcorder
Custom Travel-Game Mod
Make a travel edition of your favorite, and otherwise housebound, board game.
Placing huge towers up a mountain is just the start to reaching Troy Caldwell's ski-resort-on-a-budget dream.
Charlie Asquith's Jet Dory
Charlie is 78 years old and he'd been fishing for mullet in Hawks Nest, Australia, for over 60 years.
Build a torsion balance to measure tiny changes in thet Earth's magnetic field.
Shaker Flashlight Power Source
Powering small electronics with your muscles.
Homebrew Game Design
Turning wacky ideas into fun board games.
The Secret History of MYST
Co-creator Robyn Miller reveals why it became the best-selling adventure game of all time.
1966: A Big Year for Games
An afternoon with Ralph Baer, the "Father of Video Games."
Photos from the Inside
Toys sent through the X-ray machine give new insights.
Restoring a crusty, beat up Cyclone and going inside the electromechanical underground.
Chris Ware's ACME Papercraft
Comics you can build!
That's no pile of trash; it's my asteroid mining colony!
Making Your Own Video Game
Microsoft's XNA Game Studio Express opens up game development.
Part robotic plant life, part techno-sculpture, these desktop toys are easy and fun to make.
Roachball Goes Open Source
In this fast-paced lunch-hour sport, changing the rules is part of the game.
Building an Ornithopter
For millennia, men and women have studied birds, bats, and beetles, observing and experimenting, attempting to determine what humans must do to fly by flapping.
Hack a retro gaming light gun with some tilt switches to control a vintage digital clock radio. After the alarm wakes you up, you can grab the gun and kill it off. Isn't that what you've always dreamed of doing?
Lots of folks think that quaffing a cup of coffee from boutique beans comes close to nirvana, but roasting your own beans will bring you even closer. That's why I call this roaster the Nirvana Machine.
This favorite stage prop launches streams of toilet paper into mid-air, or can completely mummify someone in the front row.
Triggering sound from video images.
World's Loudest iPod
iBump crossover lets you crank it up without distortion.
Turn your Xbox into a mobile media monstrocity.
My Love Affair with LEDs
Build a bright, low-powered desk lamp
Motorized lazy Susan aims the screen where it's needed.
Energy-efficient A/C knows when you're in the room
MIDI Controller Monkey
A/V monkeyshines with flex sensors and a MIDIsense board
Clean Out a Dishwasher
Salvaging components from unwanted appliances.
How Not to Make a How-To Video
Ignore these handy rules and your instructional video will turn out great!
Van TV b
Big sights and sounds hit the streets.
Quick and Dirty Light Table
A storage bin, a pane of glass, and fluorescent light saves hundreds of dollars
Moldmaking by Adam Savage
How the pros replicate objects
Gaming on the EDSAC and PDP-1
From the earliest computers came the first computer games
Blast from the Past: The 1948 Union Hardware Catalog
Old catalog provides a glipmse of how modern civilization was built wiithout laser levels or pneumatic nail guns
Paper Water Bomber
Winged origami missile with front-load tank delivers wet payload