Monthly Archives: January 2014

Day with Tiny Circuits

Today I made a trip down to Akron to visit with Ken Burns from Tiny Circuits.  TC is located in an old tire factory that’s been transformed into the kind of art studio/ startup / light industrial center that seem to be popping up all over the rust belt.

It was great to learn how Tiny Circuits are made and meet many of the brilliant people that work there.  It’s also great that TC is planning at being at Maker Faire Cleveland!

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Follow that cat!

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Make Your Own Nest Style Thermostat

Screen Shot 2014-01-26 at 7.36.09 PMHere’s a great winter project: make your own Nest style digital thermostat.

At Spark, we’re making it easier to bring connected devices to market with the Spark Core, our Wi-Fi development kit, and the Spark Cloud, our cloud service for connected devices. And to prove it, we built our own approximation of the Nest Learning Thermostat in one day — and we’ve open sourced everything. In this process, we’ve come to respect the incredible technical challenges that Nest has solved while also coming to understand how much the game has changed since they first started.

Looking for something cool to make in the snow?

…besides a snowman of course.

Here’s a super cool project that only take ten hours of freezing cold temperatures, some balloons and food coloring…

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Kristin and her kid decorated their frozen walkway with these colored ice-balls, made by filling balloons with water and food-coloring and then letting them freeze outside (it took about 10 hours).

I put this in the category of “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?”

As far as I know, the ingredients for this have been around for a very long time.  Love it!

What re you making in the cold?

Snowy Weekend Maker Projects

It’s cold and snowy outside.  What better way to chase away cabin fever than a few Maker Projects? Here are a bunch from  Tinker this winter and then show off your projects on March 29th at the Cleveland Mini!

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Guerilla Marketing Strategy for Poetry

A guerilla marketing strategy for Poetry is something that exists to bring the poetry of the underground and small press poets of the world to the mainstream. Through my own initiative, Poetic Plague Project, I provide a service to poets who are interested in publishing opportunities where none currently exist and who want to get their work out there to a broad audience in a radical way.Here is the link for you to get involved with the PPP: The service is only $25 which includes up to four of your poems published, fifty nano tubes, magnify glass, and a log journal.

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Call for Makers: DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 3rd

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The deadline for entries is February 28, 2014. Our deadline has been extended to give you the weekend! Entries will now be accepted through Monday, March 3, 2014.

We’re still looking for entries and participants for the 2nd annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire. To apply, visit: or just click on the link on the right-hand side of this page!

2nd Annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire – Press Release

Ingenuity Announces 2nd Annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire

Event Held March 29, 2014 – Call for Makers Still Open

Cleveland, OH – (January 16, 2014) Ingenuity and the Cleveland Public Library announce the second annual Cleveland Mini Maker Faire to be held on March 29th from 10 am to 6 pm at the Library’s downtown branch (325 Superior Ave. E, Cleveland, OH 44114). Admission is free and open to the public.

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