Project of the Day —The Open Enigma Project is a dream for cryptologists and history buffs alike. Based off the original Enigma Machine, invented in Germany at the end of World War I, the Open Enigma Project is a modern replica that allows you to encrypt and decrypt just about any type of information out there. The creators have made the machine completely open source so you can put together your own if you end up falling down a cryptology rabbit hole.
After just five days of wearing it, I gotta say – this thing belongs in my life.
—Danilo Campos likes his Pebble so much he wrote about the first 5 days wearing it.
The force is strong with this one.
Having backed 178 projects on the site, he’s hoping that a few might lend a hand in return. £19,000 down, £19,000,000 to go!
Oculus Rift behind the scenes.
Super excited to read the latest update from the Oculus Rift crew. After a great week at CES, the team has been holed up on the factory floor producing the developer kits and cranking out the first 40 units of a pilot run. The plan is to start shipping the full kits to developers in March!
Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon got to try out the prototype. He just might freak out…
Songs in the key of yellow.
Have you played MaKey MaKey’s banana piano yet? Please note: No bananas were harmed during the making of this piano.
A DIY electronics kit designed by two MIT undergrads, oneTesla transforms sound into artificial lightning.
Use simple tools and a soldering iron to construct the singing Tesla coil in a weekend, then connect a keyboard or computer to trigger two-foot-long musical sparks. This high voltage sound machine is our Project of the Day.
First things first.
Ouya, the open-source video game console, is currently shipping out to its developer backers.
Devs will get first crack at the tiny device, creating new games and figuring out how to best use this new piece of affordable hardware. We know we’re not alone in being thrilled by the prospect of playing our first Ouya games in 2013. Congratulations to the whole team for the exciting New Year’s progress.
When powers combine.
Two Kickstarter projects, one mission — the definition of synergy. Anyone else seen amazing Kickstarter collaborations like this?
I recently reprogrammed the MaKeyMaKey to control Roy the Robot’s hand, which just meant turning 6 of the input pins on MaKeyMaKey into 6 output pins, and using the Arduino Servo library to control them (my fork of the firmware is here).
I also heard about a MaKeyMaKey contest on UncommonGoods & put together this video to demo the hand.
Unfortunately, the servos weren’t strong enough to play the piano :(
Hatching an egg.
Air Quality Egg is a powerful pollution-monitoring device in a simple eggshell.
After successfully funding the project in April and undergoing months of design revisions, programming, tooling, and testing, the project is almost ready to be assembled.
The creators just posted this fascinating chart of their creative and technical journey, beginning with the seeds of an idea more than a year ago and continuing on into the expected launch next year. Click the photo to take a look at the full chart.
Spectrometers in progress.
The DIY Spectrometry Kit turns a smartphone into a mobile material analysis lab.
After successfully funding the kits just two months ago, creator Jeffrey Yoo Warren has already launched a full-scale assembly operation, which kicked off with the delivery of 800+ pounds of aluminum conduit boxes earlier this week.
The finished spectrometers look beautiful and seem to work like a charm — and rewards should be out the door on time.
The little electronics company that could.
Founded ten years ago to make it easier for DIY tinkerers to score parts and supplies, SparkFun has grown to become a hub for the worldwide maker community (and a major partner for many Kickstarter hardware projects). Now the crew is planning a 50-state tour next year with their custom-made education kits to spread the joy of electronics nationwide.
Get on the bus and start soldering — the SparkFun Tour is our Project of the Day.
Chalk one up for the open-developer community.
Light, the web-connected illumination vessel, has started sharing their hardware schematics, as promised, with software code to come in the future.
Another small step for open-source technology, and another leap for dev kind. Techies, tinkerers, hackers and makers can learn how to make your own Light here.
It’s a process.
Memoto is a life-logging camera designed to travel with you everywhere. The small, Sweden-based team behind the project raised more than 1000% of their Kickstarter goal, creating both a life-changing experience and an enormous challenge.
The crew just shared an inspring update, filled with great advice for project creators of all stripes. We particularly appreciated this bit of wisdom for product designers:
3. It’s a process, not a product. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the insight still grew on us as our project evolved. Your initial Kickstarter page and video is basically just a statement on where you’re at by the time the campaign starts. With the help of your backers, this will change and improve over time and you will have iterated your project plan over and over until you come out on the other end with a different product than you first launched. To talk in tech project terms: Kickstarter may require a waterfall spec to launch your project, but it is actually a scrum platform.
Brighten up your walls.
Projecteo is a seriously cute piece of design.
Designed to blur analog and digital technologies in a bit of back-to-the-future engineering, the creator has devised a method for printing Instagram photos on 35mm slide film. He then cuts the film into squares and attaches them to a wheel, à la the View-Master.
And, voilà! A projector not much larger than a matchbox. This clever little gizmo isn’t just adorable — it’s our Project of the Day.
Can’t wait to see some Twine projects in action. Has anybody programmed anything yet? If so, send us your work! We want to see it.
Just got my Twine in the mail. Twine is a really fun piece of technology that allows you to trigger web actions based on real world changes. Think IFTTT but for the physical world. Twines have a built in thermometer and a 6-axis sensor, you can also purchase additional sensors to plug into it such as a magnetic sensor. Imagine being able to set up a Twine to trigger a text message when the dryer was done with your clothes. The possibilites are pretty cool.
It was super simple to setup with little steps along the way that allowed you to see how the device works. I loved flipping the device over to start the update process. More electronics in the world need physical touches like that to make them more human-like. Can’t wait to make my first Twine enabled project, I’ll update the blog when I do.