MAKE Newsletter for May 9, 2007

Create Teeny Tiny Solar Robots plus Maker Faire Is Almost Here!

Couple things this week, friends, and first up is our latest video. Learn how to make little, teeny, tiny robots called beambots that are powered by the sun! We also make a beambot from a kit. Kits are always a good way to break into a genre of making. We have a sponsor (Microchip), so if you're inclined, check them out -- it helps MAKE make things!

Next up, Maker Faire is almost here -- crazy! Check out our Maker Faire section AND the Maker Faire site for all the latest and greatest.

We'd like to thank our sponsors, media sponsors, and exhibitors. Here are just some of the folks you'll see at Maker Faire in addition to over 200 makers and a lot of surprises!

Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, Adobe, Carlo Rossi, Chronicle Books, Lion Brand Yarn Company, ShopBot, Sun Microsystems, Inc., TechShop, Texterity

Media Sponsors:
Boing Boing, Cool Hunting, EE Times, IEEE Spectrum, Laughing Squid, O’Reilly Media, ReadyMade, Robot Magazine, San Jose Tech Museum, Swap Thing, TODO, Toolmonger, Twitter

Epilog Laser, Future Technology Device International, Ltd.,
Hardtent RV Rental, HSC Electronic Supply, iFixit, Instructables, iRobot, Joby, LEGO,, OpenMoko,, ProtoPulsion Inc., RadioShack, Revell Incorporated, Simplified Building Concepts, Solarbotics Ltd., Sony Electronics, Surplus Center, Wired/ GeekDad

The next time you hear from us will be from Maker Faire, wooo!


Phillip Torrone
Senior Editor
MAKE Magazine

Join Us at Maker Faire 2007!

The maker's paradise this year will be Maker Faire 2007, a two-day family-friendly event celebrating engineering, arts, science, and crafts. On May 19-20, 2007, thousands of crafters and makers will converge at the San Mateo Fairgrounds in the San Francisco Bay Area. Featuring hundreds of makers, tons of workshops, and more cool inventions than you can imagine, this event is sure to leave you buzzing with inspiration for months to come. Advanced tickets sales end at midnight PST on Thursday, May 10th.

Get your tickets today!

From the MAKE Blog

Create Teeny Tiny Solar Robots - Make: Video Podcast

This weekend, make little teeny tiny robots called beambots that are powered by the sun! In the podcast, I made the solar-roller, and the instructions for that are right in the PDF! I also made a beambot from a kit. Kits are always a good way to break into a genre of making. Both and have some nice kits for you to get started, including the one that I bought. If you get into it, make sure to pick up JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels, a book worth reading if you get into making little teeny tiny robots! One of the great things about these little bots is that you can make them from scavenged materials. Use parts from broken electronics and bring them back to life as little robots! This week we're excited to welcome Microchip as a sponsor of the weekend video podcast. You can check out the clickable ad at end of today's video and companion PDF. Help support MAKE and visit our sponsor Microchip! Here's the link at the end of the video - Link Here's the link at the end of the PDF - Link Get the podcast and PDF downloaded automatically in iTunes. - Link

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Solar Robot Instructions - Make: PDFcast

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To make your solar beambots this weekend, you can download this weeks PDFcast complete with an article from the magazine! Gareth Branwyn wrote this how-to article on how to make two solar roller beambots. Download it, print it out, and get to making your bots! PDF Link

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