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Intel Looking for America's Greatest Makers

Ryan Nakashima of the Associated Press, via the San Jose Mercury News, writes about a new reality / game show focused on maker culture, and on promoting Intel's IoT efforts:

Each team has to use Intel's latest sensor-laden chip package, Curie, to make a Web-connected gizmo that wows the judges, a group that includes NBA star Shaquille O'Neal and Mike Rowe of the Discovery show "Dirty Jobs."

Contestants try to make everything from smart fishing bobbers to football helmets that sense if a ...

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Find the Best Microcontroller Board for Your Project with This Guide

Make: has published a thorough and detailed guide to selecting a microcontroller (or compact computer) board for Maker projects of all kinds. The most useful aspect of this guide might be the fact that the information is organized in such a way that it is easy to find the right hardware for a given application. A simple motion detector may require a different set of capabilities than a small home automation server, and Make: does a great job of displaying each board's strengths and ...

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Is Your Automated Home Secure?

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There's lots of excitement these days--particularly among those who might refer to themselves as "Makers"--around the idea of an Internet-connected and / or automated home environment. And why not? What self-respecting nerd or inquisitive geek wouldn't want to hook up all sorts of futuristic gadgetry to her or his home in an effort to make life a little bit easier?

One thing that gets lost in all the excitement is security, unfortunately, and it's about time that we ...

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