Maker Books

Maker culture is all about taking the do-it-yourself attitude and adding technology. Check out these titles at the Library for maker projects from wearable fashion to robotics; Arduino ideas to salvaging parts from junk electronics; and even Twitter-monitoring Christmas trees!

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15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius

Simon Monk
621.381 Mon

Surveillance robots, balloon-popping lasers, and motorized writing LEDs are just three of the fifteen projects covered in this copiously illustrated book. Safety measures and the scientific principles behind the projects are covered as well.

Arduino and Kinect Projects: Design, Build, Blow Their Minds

Enrique Ramos Melgar
629.89 Mel

This book outlines 10 projects using Arduino, Kinect, and Processing, including a robot that draws, a biometric station, and a gesture-based remote control.

Basic Robot Building with Lego Mindstorms Nxt 2.0

John Baichtal
629.892 Bai

Instructions geared to absolute beginners on how to use Lego Mindstorms Nxt 2.0 to create three different robots, including a backscratcher, a clothesline cruiser, and a tank-tread robot.

Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting

Syuzi Pakhchyan
745.5 Pak

Create quirky, interactive and fashion-conscious garments and projects that involve a mix of creative design with assembly techniques and components such as simple circuits using conductive thread, solder joints for snaps, and switches for buttons.

Hack This: 24 Incredible Hackerspace Projects from the DIY Movement

John Baichtal
621.381 Bai

Baichtal explains the concept of hackerspaces, and presents 24 projects, from DIY book scanners to Twitter-monitoring Christmas trees.

Kickin' Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots

Grant Imahara
629.892 Ima

Seen BattleBots and want to try your hand at a combat robot? This guide includes step-by-step instructions, tips, and expert advice including where to finds parts and tools, wiring, and types of robots.

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

Chris Anderson
338.04 And

Former Wired editor Anderson discusses the idea of "desktop factories" being the new model of industrial production in a world where makers will use design programs, 3D printers, open-source software and other technological breakthroughs to turn hobbies into a driver of the global economy.

Making Things See: 3D Vision with Kinect, Processing, Arduino, and MakerBot

Greg Borenstein
006.37 Bor

This hands-on guide to hacking Microsoft Kinect to create computer applications using visual input sensor technology includes many projects, including model-making for 3D scanning and printing, motion-tracking for animation, and robotics.

Switch Craft: Battery-powered Crafts to Make and Sew

Allison Lewis
646.2 Lew

Detailed instructions to create over 20 different fashionable and functional projects (marked beginner to advanced) that incorporate light, sound and movement into DIY designs.

The Geek Dad's Guide to Weekend Fun: Cool Hacks, Cutting-edge Games, and More Awesome Projects for the Whole Family

Ken Denmead
790.191 Den

Fun for the whole family! This book covers a bunch of weekend projects, from hacking mechanical toys to stop-motion movies, to programming light strings.

Unscrewed: Salvage and Reuse Motors, Gears, Switches, and More from Your Old Electronics

Ed Sobey
621.3815 Sob

Take old junk electronics and save the usable parts safely with this book. 50 "deconstruction" projects with photos are covered, with suggestions for repurposing your salvaged treasure.