DIY Hardware Resources

Instructables – instructables.com

User-created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects

 

Make Projects / Make Magazine – http://makeprojects.com/

User-created and professional DIY projects, generally higher quality & more technical than instructables

 

Life Hacker – http://lifehacker.com/

“Tips and tricks for getting things done” more general purpose DIY than art related

 

Hack A Day – http://hackaday.com/

More technical than any of the above, hacking computer hardware, arduino, kinect, cellphone tricks and more

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Rhino, Grasshopper & Firefly

This is a software + hardware combination that allows for near real time data flow & interactivity between the Arduino and Rhino.

Rhino – 3D NURBS modeling

http://www.rhino3d.com/

Rhino can create, edit, analyze, document,render, animate, and translate NURBS curves, surfaces, and solids with no limits on complexity, degree, or size. Rhino also supports polygonmeshes and point clouds.

Grasshopper – A visual programing language plugin for Rhino 3D to create generative shapes, free plugin but Rhino3D is not

http://www.grasshopper3d.com/

For designers who are exploring new shapes using generative algorithms, Grasshopper® is a graphical algorithm editor tightly integrated with Rhino’s 3-D modeling tools. Unlike RhinoScript, Grasshopper requires no knowledge of programming or scripting, but still allows designers to build form generators from the simple to the awe-inspiring.

Also see Firefly

Firefly offers a set of comprehensive software tools dedicated to bridging the gap between Grasshopper (a free plug-in for Rhino) the Arduino microcontroller and other input/output devices. It allows near real-time data flow between the digital and physical worlds – enabling the possibility to explore virtual and physical prototypes with unprecedented fluidity.

http://www.fireflyexperiments.com/