If you want to learn to solder, play with Legos, or watch robots spew fire, then Maker Faire is the destination. The Bay Area shindig, the biggest of them all, garnered more than 100,000 attendees, who came to see the creations of more than 900 makers. Here are a few of our favorites.

10 Magnificent Builds From Maker Faire 2014

“The Cube as a structure is very simple. It contains a [small] number of elements—only 27 small cubes put together, and the combination is tremendous. It’s an astronomical number—by the capability of human minds, it’s an endless number. So that’s a contradiction, and that gives you surprising effects when you are trying to solve it and play with it. You are not expecting such a difficult task the first time you handle it and try to discover what it is.”


Erno Rubik Explains the Success of His Cube

The Cube as a structure is very simple. It contains a [small] number of elements—only 27 small cubes put together, and the combination is tremendous. It’s an astronomical number—by the capability of human minds, it’s an endless number. So that’s a contradiction, and that gives you surprising effects when you are trying to solve it and play with it. You are not expecting such a difficult task the first time you handle it and try to discover what it is.”

Erno Rubik Explains the Success of His Cube

No sign marks the New York City headquarters of The Specialists, Ltd. The home of your favorite movie weapons is hiding in plain sight in lower Manhattan, a plain white door on a cobblestone street, wedged between furniture stores, art galleries, and boutiques. Overhead cameras cover the white door, a hint of the intense security inside. 

The Specialists are the guys the prop masters for movies, television shows, and theatre productions call to supply high-fidelity weapons and gear. If you need an ATM that blows fake money, a blunderbuss for a pirate, or a straightedge razor that spouts blood, they are the ones to call. The firm has been around for more than 30 years; it has a warehouse of rentable wares in New York and a larger one somewhere in Las Vegas. What they don‚Äôt have, they can make. PopMech dropped by The Specialists to peruse its wares and manhandle the props, including swords, phony badges, rocket launchers, rifles from every age, and enough handguns for a hundred Dirty Harry movies. Take a look inside the ultimate toy closet. 

Come With Us to Prop Weapons Headquarters

We’ve interviewed the director the new Godzilla film, Gareth Edwards, to try to get some intel about the monster’s return. Today we look at another source: What do Bandai America’s new line of Godzilla toys tell us about Legendary Pictures’ upcoming movie?

New Godzilla Toys Are Ready to Invade Your Living Room And Stomp Your Toes

Thinking about getting your own unmanned aerial vehicle? The FAA’s drone laws are in flux, but here’s what you need to know before you begin.


Fly Your Own Drone—Without Getting in Trouble

Thinking about getting your own unmanned aerial vehicle? The FAA’s drone laws are in flux, but here’s what you need to know before you begin.

Fly Your Own Drone—Without Getting in Trouble

Transformers 30th Anniversary, smartphone-controlled paper planes, and Guardians of the Galaxy—we scoured the American International Toy Fair for the best items coming out this year. Better start making your Christmas list now.

The Coolest Toys of NYC Toy Fair 2014

Let’s get this out of the way: This isn’t going to be able to plow your driveway for you, unless you’ve got a dozen hours. So you’ll still need a snow shovel, or snowblower, or whatever you have on hand. What it will do is entertain you (and the kids) when yet another storm piles the white stuff up in your yard.


Kyosho R/C Blizzard SR Snowplow is Winter Fun

Let’s get this out of the way: This isn’t going to be able to plow your driveway for you, unless you’ve got a dozen hours. So you’ll still need a snow shovel, or snowblower, or whatever you have on hand. What it will do is entertain you (and the kids) when yet another storm piles the white stuff up in your yard.

Kyosho R/C Blizzard SR Snowplow is Winter Fun







We are living in the age of drones and sophisticated, remotely piloted vehicles. And as goes for the military, so goes for Nerf.


Nerf’s 6-Legged RC Robot, Coming Soon to Your Nightmares
We are living in the age of drones and sophisticated, remotely piloted vehicles. And as goes for the military, so goes for Nerf.

What do you do when your obsession with model cars starts to take over your house? You build them a room of their own.

What a Collection of 1000-Plus Die-Cast Cars Looks Like

If you’re growing bored with your Raspberry Pi or Arduino, try working with one of these.

Arduino Alternatives: 5 Microcontrollers You Should Know