Makers

Digging for Atari's 'corporate shame,' the buried E.T. games

AUSTIN, Texas -- E.T. wants to go home. But first there will have to be a massive excavation of a city's garbage dump.

As is part of video-game industry lore, in 1983 Atari ran screaming from its ill-advised E.T. game and hastily and quietly buried millions of cartridges. Somewhere. No one was quite sure where.

It turns out the where was Alamgordo, N.M., and almost certainly deep in the giant city garbage dump. Last year, a team of filmmakers announced they're working on a documentary about the infamous E.T. game disaster -- which cost … Read more

Watch this awesome recursive 'Lego Movie,' 'Simpsons' mashup

Love "The Simpsons" and love "The Lego Movie?" Then how can you not love this terrific video, which spoofs both in one simple recursive all-brick mashup?

Made by YouTube filmmaker Monsieur Caron, the video depicts the famous opening title sequence of "The Simpsons," with the whole family dressed as characters from "Lego Movie," complete with Bart as Batman. Then, it shows them watching the famous opening title sequence from "The Simpsons." Only this time, Emmet is playing Homer Simpson, and the family that runs in and sits down on the … Read more

Yep, it's playable Tetris on a business card

Business cards are used to share your contact information and make a good impression. Even the fanciest paper business card can't hold a candle to technical designer Kevin Bates' Arduboy interactive business card that comes with a playable game of Tetris built into it.

Bates built the card using the tiniest Arduino he could find, an OLED screen, and a piezo speaker. The whole creation is only slightly thicker than a penny. It has working buttons for controlling the game, and could conceivably be programmed to play a lot more old-school games besides just Tetris. Bates is already working on a Pokemon game for the platform.… Read more

Transformers, meet 3D printing: Hasbro and 3D Systems team up

3D-printed products from multinational toy company Hasbro -- which oversees brands such as Transformers, Star Wars, Scrabble, and Monopoly -- may be a future fixture of children's playrooms, classroom show-and-tell, and family board game night thanks to a partnership that could accelerate the adoption of 3D printers in mainstream settings like households and schools.

The Rhode Island-based company announced Friday that it has partnered with 3D Systems, a maker of wide-ranging 3D printers and accompanying software, to "co-develop, co-venture and deliver new immersive, creative play experiences powered by 3D printing for children and their families later this year.&… Read more

Kickstarter-funded film reunites Joss Whedon's 'Dollhouse' cast

A film funded through Kickstarter donations is making its online debut today with a cast that should bring a smile to the face of many a Joss Whedon fan.

Written and directed by Australian filmmaker Anton King, "Lust for Love" tells the tale of Astor, a man who enlists the former best friend of his lifelong crush to teach him how to attract women. As he awkwardly goes through the motions of trying to pick up women, the film promises to confront the "conceptions about love" on the part of Astor, the woman who earned his … Read more

White House to announce its first-ever Maker Faire

The maker movement is officially coming to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Today, as CNET reported first, the White House announced its first-ever official Maker Faire, bringing a celebration of science, technology, engineering, and math, not to mention the ground zero of the do-it-yourself world, to the home of the leader of the free world.

In 2012, President Obama was inspired by a visit to the White House's East Room by then 16-year-old Joey Hudy, who wowed him by firing off a marshmallow cannon. The kid, known now as Joey "Marshmallow" Hudy, then handed the president a business card … Read more

Build a plane in a week? Oshkosh organizers say no problem

It may take about six weeks to make a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, but organizers at the world-famous Oshkosh air show think building a plane in a week should be no problem.

At the weeklong EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show this summer, attendees will be encouraged to help build a Zenith CH 750 kit plane. The goal of the "One Week Wonder" initiative is to go from scratch to taxi test of the CH 750 entirely during the show, which runs from July 28 through August 3, and is put on by the Oshkosh, Wis.-based EAA. … Read more

Coolest paper airplane ever and the plane nut who built it (Q&A)

There are airplane nuts, and then there is Luca Iaconi-Stewart. Since 2008, the now 22-year-old has been crafting a scale-model of a Boeing 777-300ER. Out of manila folders.

Though he took off two years from the project while he was in school, Iaconi-Stewart has pretty much devoted his time to the plane, and it shows. Looking at photos of the model, even most aviation buffs would be impressed at the level of detail he achieved. There's tiny seat-back video screens, overhead compartments, galleys, landing gears, tail cones, and meticulously made engines. Again, all out of manila folders.

Some might … Read more

Artist's 3D-printed shoes tell tales of past girlfriends

If you ever date artist Sebastian Errazuriz, be warned. He may turn you into a shoe one day.

Well, a shoe sculpture at least. In "12 shoes for 12 lovers," an exhibit now on display in Miami, Fla., Errazuriz reminisces about former lovers through 3D-printed high heels that convey a bit about each past inamorata. Apparently, there have been quite a few over the past 15 years, ranging from beloved girlfriends to one-night stands. … Read more

How companies can leverage the 'collaborative economy' (Q&A)

Earlier this week, Jeremiah Owyang, a leading social media consultant, launched Crowd Companies, a new initiative that aims to help companies leverage the blossoming "collaborative economy."

As anyone who has been paying attention knows, the world is changing rapidly. No longer do consumers have to rely exclusively on large companies making products for them. Instead, thanks to technologies like 3D printing, people can design and make their own products. Similarly, there's no end to the number of ways that people can create one-off products like shirts, coffee mugs, and more.

At the same time, companies like ZipCar … Read more