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Best of Make: Volume 2: 65 Projects and Skill Builders from the Pages of Make: Paperback – September 7, 2015
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Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages. Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will. The Make: audience continues to be a growing culture and community that believes in bettering ourselves, our environment, our educational system--our entire world. This is much more than an audience, it's a worldwide movement that Make: is leading--we call it the Maker Movement.
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For me, I think the best part about the book and the projects it provides is that MAKE doesn't require you to be a robotics engineer or computer programmer in order to build some pretty cool things like a Virtual Reality Baja Buggy. Not all of projects are inexpensive side, though. If you don't already have many of the tools, there can be quite an investment involved before you are able to even consider starting a project, let alone beginning to purchases the materials necessary for that project.
Even if you aren't into programming, electronics, or robotics, there are other options for you in this book. MAKE has included projects on making soap, using PVC pipes for vases or building little tables, and even adding LEDs to your kid's favorite pair of sneakers. This and the other MAKE books offer so many wonderful and amazing projects and creative ideas for pretty much everyone and every skill level. I've given these books as gifts many times and the recipients have loved them and gone on to create many very cool things (one was their very own RC rolling robot, another uses them for inspirations for classroom experiments as she's a middle school science teacher). For parents looking for ideas for family night, to pull the kids away from video games, or to get a child interested in science, these MAKE books are perfect.
I really cannot recommend these books enough. I you aren't interested in using them to make anything, they still provide an engrossing afternoon of reading because a person can learn quite a bit of science from these books.
This new book - "The Best of >> Volume 2" is a great compilation of the magazine's past issues. There are nine chapters, starting with some essays on the Maker movement to an ultimate tool buying guide. The bulk of the book are the individual project break-downs. You get a fairly detailed account of how the project was accomplished and usually there is even a parts list and suggestions on where to find/buy them. Each project is illustrated with numerous color photos and diagrams. The instructions are pretty basic, there is an assumption that you can get from point A to B to C without a lot of hand holding.
If you're not already subscribing or buying the magazine, this Best of book is a great way to catch up on past projects featured in the magazine.
* Microcontrollers and Microcomputers
* 3D Printing and CNC Fabrication
* Robots and Drones
* Music and Audio
* Photography and Video
* Fun and Games
* Crafts and Wearables
There is something for everyone in this book. I often find that the instructions are more of a guide than a true step-by-step. There are places where you can customize, change, and modify as much as you want and many places where you just have to experiment to get it right. That's part of the fun of making! Projects range from simple afternoon entertainment to builds taking a weekend or more, but resulting in your own drone. This is a great book for adults or kids. Even if you don't think you'll build any of the projects, it is a great resource to flip through for inspiration when you are running low on ideas. If you have an iPad or other color reading device, I'd save the dough and grab the kindle version unless you MUST have paper in the shop. I find my laptop or tablet is always around though, so paper is only preferable if you really want it and feel like spending the extra $13. The paper is high quality and print is gorgeous though. If you have many issues of make magazine, you'll recognize some of the articles, but it's nice to have them in a categorized collection. Good job Make! Now go get building.