1. Independence is hard. Independence is lonely. And it takes a unique kind of bravery to create something and put it out in the world in this unfiltered way that is enabled through technology. Every one of you needs to remember this when you are getting pummeled out there by morons. It’s so easy to be the knee-jerk contrarian, the anonymous internet commenter that tears you down. And it’s so hard to make something new. And that’s a lot of what we’re celebrating here. We just want more people making amazing things and pushing through the noise.

    Andy Baio, at XOXO Fest 

  2. 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.

    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.

    View on Kickstarter
  3. Kinetic Creatures are a set of three walking cardboard animal sculptures: Elly the elephant, Rory the rhino, and Geno the giraffe. Each is made up of cardboard pieces that you assemble using tabs-and-slots, and that you can make come alive with a simple mechanical motion. Feeling especially makery? The platform specs will be open-sourced to a website, so that folks can build their own mechanisms for play. So cool.

  4. In preparation for Maker Faire, a team of ambitious makers are building a motion controlled flight simulator inspired by the Viper spacecraft made famous on Battlestar Galactica. Yes, really. In case you don’t believe they can pull it off, check out their fire-breathing animatronic dragon from last year, or this fire-spouting candelabra that they synchronized to Rock Band. Say what?! And did we mention that they’re high school students? Yeah. That’s a Project of the Day alright.

  5. TJ* is a miniature fiberboard skull and robotic puppet. But in reality, he could be your new best friend! His Arduino-based remote-control system allows for live control, or you can write your own software to make him do all sorts of cool things: mouth along to your favorite movie dialogue, keep an “eye” on that pie you just pulled out of the oven (no sneaky taste-testers!), or just keep you company on your desk. And, as it turns out, he also makes a pretty good Project of the Day. Be sure to check out the video to see him in action.

    TJ* is a miniature fiberboard skull and robotic puppet. But in reality, he could be your new best friend! His Arduino-based remote-control system allows for live control, or you can write your own software to make him do all sorts of cool things: mouth along to your favorite movie dialogue, keep an “eye” on that pie you just pulled out of the oven (no sneaky taste-testers!), or just keep you company on your desk. And, as it turns out, he also makes a pretty good Project of the Day. Be sure to check out the video to see him in action.