DIY Hardware Resources

Instructables –

User-created and uploaded do-it-yourself projects


Make Projects / Make Magazine –

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


Life Hacker –

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


Hack A Day –

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


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

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

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.