Friday, January 18, 2008


This is a magazine kept back in the teen area. It's easy to overlook because it looks a lot like a catalog or mailing. Inside, though, are all kinds of ideas for projects. Not the most useful projects, mind, but projects that are simply interesting or fun. My favorite examples in issue 8 are plans for a model ornithopter - basically a rubber band-powered balsa airplane that flaps its wings and actually flies, and a "pummer" - a rudimentary robot that does nothing but pulse a tiny LED when its surroundings grow dark. These examples are pretty typical of what's in the magazine; ideas that aren't flashy or filled with the promise of material gain, but instead show off interesting concepts. It's an interesting read for anyone who's ever taken something apart to see how it worked.

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