The Rope Bridge Shelf (Reference for The Hanging Shelves of Babylon)

This Rope Bridge Shelf uses processes very similar to the ones I used to make my shelf, but it succeeds in a few ways I think mine does not.

  1. There is no explicit room for customization. It is assumed that if people want to customize it, they don’t need to be told where to do so.
  2. There are a few standardized parts that make the whole thing look much more professional.
  3. The glamor shot is in use in context.

I think incorporating these three things into my tutorial will help it be even stronger.

An Affordable Stereolithography Machine

While it may lack some of the glamor and showmanship of the Miley Cyrus unicorn or the Yankee Stadium made out of toothpicks, the Stereolithography Machine is one of the most practically useful innovations at the fair.

The quality is so vastly superior to makerbots, and even to industry 3D printers. It uses a process building from top down, revealing a layer from the bath and curing it with UV light as it builds.

Not only is the resolution great, the plastic can be transparent, and the machine is under $3000!

Support them on kickstarter!

How to Glide (dancing)

There is something about the confidence that Matt speaks with that explains his routine that seem completely unrehearsed. That’s what differentiated him from the rest for me. His pace is calm, but consistent. He doesn’t stop and start, he is just talking. There are no cuts and no graphics, but in this case I think it only makes the video easier to watch.

I first saw gliding through “Les Twins”. Check them out on youtube if you want to see some amazing dancers. Enjoy!

Slinky Slink!

I am posting this video on how to make an oragami slinky for a few reasons.

  1. I think it’s awesome to make kinetic sculptures, especially with so few materials as just paper.
  2. The video is clean and straightforward. The camera is mounted and doesn’t move, the background is white and simple, there is no music and no words.
  3. The video is the right length, not rushed, but under 5 minutes.
  4. Most importantly: The video is exceptionally clear. It has words describing what to do as well as graphic images of the instructions.


“Are the dishes clean or dirty?” -Everyone

In a busy studio, with lots of people sharing a dishwasher, it can be confusing knowing if the dishes are clean or dirty. As a result I designed a kitchen appliance that will stop people from accidentally loading dirty dishes in a clean load.

This is how it works:

1. Richard loads the dishwasher and then kicks the button on (which activates the arduino)

2. Mansi comes to the dishwasher, not knowing that it is full of clean dishes, and is about to add her dirty dish. But when she opens the dishwasher, the green light comes on and tells her she better not!

3. People can take a dish out at a time to use them without unloading the whole dishwasher, but once the dishwasher is unloaded, the button should be kicked again so the green light is deactivated.

The circuit utilizes a modded push button, an LED and a light sensor.





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DIY Light-up Blow-out Party Favor

The project dictated that I make an electric party favor. I chose to make a tutorial video describing the process by which one can take ordinary inexpensive party favors and “light them up”.

Initially I was very ambitious, thinking of ways to make a breath-sensitive switch to activate the light, or how to make a strip of lights along the blowout, but in the end I chose to make something that could be more readily replicable at home. Also, it was very important to me that what I made, being electrical, be fully functioning and I was not confident in the feasibility of my earlier ideas.

The instructional video I made is lengthy but comprehensive, as if it were made for someone with no real experience with circuitry. I hope that it’s length and thoroughness isn’t too much of a deterrent for it to be useful.

Here is an establishing shot of the supplies and a picture of the circuit concealed under the face.