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This week Jimmy DiResta takes four basket-case flea market hand tools, including a beefy Buck Bros. mortise chisel and what looks to be a timber-framing slick, and returns them to full functionality using shop magic and elbow grease
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First released in 2005, the Nerf N-Strike Maverick REV-6 has become a toy design classic. The six-round revolver fires foam darts, but former NASA engineer and current science YouTuber Mark Rober decided that wasn't enough foampower for him. Thus he created, with a little help, this rather scaled-up version that
This past Thursday artist Tom Sachs and drummer, DJ, and music producer Questlove met for a discussion on the intersections of art and science, and their mutual love of music from across the globe. On view until August 14 at the Brooklyn Museum, Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999–2016 transforms
The SMART Brailler is unique in its multi-function, multi-sensory output using the standard braille keyboard. Fitted with a proprietary electronic device that displays large print, simulated braille images and audio output, the SMART Brailler allows non-braille users to access what is being typed. Because the device is built around a Next Generation Perkins Brailler®, hard copy braille is also generated simultaneously. It not only functions as a mechanical brailler, it allows a student to save a
Now that they've mastered disgruntled humanoid robots that can curse, Boston Dynamics has turned their attention back towards emulating the animal kingdom. Their latest creation serves as a demonstration to the world that when playing God--or is that playing dog--a robot manufacturer needn't hew to the laws of biology. They
The thing about books is that they're not very much good when they're closed and wedged into a shelf. At the same time, no sensible curator would let you put your grubby little mitts on a 250-year-old treasure. So, starting in 2013, the British Library began scanning thousands of books
The Community Choice Prize is an award that debuted during last year's Core77 Design Awards season as a means to incorporate the voices of our loyal readers (that means you!). Fourteen total Community Choice Prizes are distributed: 13 Category Winners—the top vote-getters in their respective category—and one Grand Prize Winner, the project that receives the most votes overall. You can vote for as many projects as you like, however, you are only allowed one vote per project. Every honored project
Gulliver's Gate is a brand new, scale-model destination in New York City's Times Square. We're putting together a killer team of engineers and model makers to make our miniature world a must-see. You'll be on a team collaborating on concept development, design, and 3D modeling of one of our most
While it's common practice for a company to take the last name of a prominent inventor, few have taken the first name. But since "Tesla" was already taken, electric vehicle company founder Trevor Milton went with "Nikola." Milton's Nikola Motor Company develops sleek-looking, electric-powered vehicles, but they won't be competing
Those of you that make things with your hands: What is your absolute favorite process? Grinding a weld, serging an edge, routing a roundover? For me it is, hands-down, using a handplane to create smooth, flat surfaces. I was hooked from the first time I used a block plane to
Waze is one of the more brilliant apps out there, effectively wielding the power of shared information to improve individual situations. In the old days, motorists used to flash their headlights at oncoming traffic to warn them of upcoming speed traps; it was easy and conveyed useful information. With Waze
Throughout the years, as technology and manufacturing bloomed and prospered, mankind's imprint on the planet, similarly, grew exponentially. Initially very little was understood about the adverse effects of pollution and waste, and even as information came to light, it was often met with indifference. Recently though, particularly the last few
John Pickett Council founded the family business in 1886 and 130 years on, Council Tool is still known for making hand tools of strength, quality, and durability. Made with pride and expertise in North Carolina, all Council tools meet a time-tested standard. Hudson 28" AxeCouncil, the company's founder, established
A transradial prosthetic arm for the sport of rock climbing. Currently, almost all prosthetics are designed for general use, with a ‘one does all’ outlook. This product aims to turn disability into ability by designing specifically for the task. SCALO is fully mechanical and modular, aiming to be as economical
I've long been aware of Poppin's office furniture and supplies, since so many of the products are organizing-related: file cabinets, staplers, pen holders and much more. So when I learned Poppin had teamed up with the Rochester Institute of Technology for its Metaproject—an industrial design senior project—I was intrigued and
Less than 24 hour less to sketch your furniture or object concept meant to better the lives of freelancers and win a beautiful desk set from Grovemade! (Two runner ups will also receive Hand Eye Supply gift cards!) So what are you waiting for? Spend your lunch hour having fun
While you can find all kinds of interesting jobs for creatives on Coroflot, earlier this month NYC's Department of Parks and Recreation topped us with a unique listing. The position pays $75,544 a year, "requires extraordinary physical effort" and spans the city's five boroughs. Job title: "Blacksmith's Helper." For those
Production Manager at Matter Made oversees production of both orders and working on developing designs. Some of the responsibilities of this multifaceted position include: maintaining part inventory, managing production staff, and working with the Matter Made team to develop new designs. Overview of Key Responsibilities:
Are you bored with your single speed? Does your cycling lack style and urgency? Add pep to your ride with a bike that's part mechanical spider demon! Though less objectively terrifying than certain other awkward movers, this bike project uses the same spooky flavor of walking technology that brings Theo
A blanket statement to our European readers: The only thing that makes us Americans feel that we're not the only country filled with knucklehead bros is watching your soccer hooligans running amok. But now a kindly band of Irish football fans may be taking that away from us. To catch
I've been working independently for over three years now. All the projects I do are either open-source or I just give them away for free. Phonebloks, the modular phone, was shared openly online. Then, we spend over 3 years developing Precious Plastic, which in the end everyone can just download
I see a lot of people using a western style (cut on push) dovetail saw having trouble starting the cut and then continuing smoothly onwards. The reason almost never has to do with the saw. Most people seem to start a cut with the saw resting on the trailing edge
Working construction in low-visibility conditions is dangerous and difficult. It’s hard for workers to see. It’s even harder for passing motorists and heavy equipment operators to see them. The Halo Light™ is a 360° ring of LEDs that attaches to any hard hat and produces a halo of light enabling the wearer to see and be seen in all directions at all times. There are four modes – Halo, Hi-Alert, Task and Dim. The Halo Light™ is powered by a rechargeable battery that clips to a belt or pocket and
What challenges in the modern day do freelancers face? Flexibility, managing multiple clients, streamlining workflow and mobile working space are all challenges that call for efficiency, creativity and focus. Maybe it means designing an alternative to the local coffee shop setup, or a desk designed to be easily transportable.
The inventor of the Straight Flush circular saw claims to have created the worm drive equivalent of a Swiss Army knife. Worm drive circular saws have been around since the late 1920's and despite the many improvements made since that time, their form and function have remained the same. But
Stanley Black & Decker is an S&P 500 company and a diversified global provider of hand tools, power tools and related accessories, mechanical access solutions and electronic security solutions, engineered fastening systems, and more. With over $10.2B in global sales, Stanley is viewed as a world leader in the marketplace.
If you really break it down, you'll see that the way cars are currently designed makes climbing into them an ergonomically awkward act. While the able-bodied among us can perform the contortions with practiced ease, watch the deliberateness with which an elderly person climbs into a vehicle and you'll see
Just when I thought I'd gotten over my Mad Max: Fury Road obsession, the internet had to remind me how cool and badass prosthetics can be. JC Sheitan Tenet is a French tattoo artist who lost the lower portion of his right arm over two decades ago. But this week,
Neocon, the leading interior design tradeshow for the workplace wrapped up its 2016 edition at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago last week. Designers and manufacturers featured their latest collections, with a variety of new, innovative solutions for today's fluid office environments. Highlights included Jonas Van Put's BuzziJungle, Metropolis Magazine's New
There is still much about autism we do not understand, however, as it becomes increasingly prevalent, measures to alleviate symptoms and improve quality of life for those diagnosed become more and more important. Mental and social disorders, while often not as outwardly apparent as physical handicaps, can be equally debilitating,
Industrious Minds Fellowship Submission Deadline: July 1. It's no secret that Portland is a place dedicated to craft, creativity, and the process of making. Here at Hand-Eye Supply it's our mission to support Portland's community of makers and earn their work the attention it deserves. If you're in the
Requiring interaction to control the volume, the 'Stack' speaker demands tactile contact, removing the need for traditional buttons and switches. Designer Rowan Jackman was driven by the desire to create a speaker which does away with traditional buttons and switches.
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