Create a coffee roaster with stuff you may already have at home! Via Make:
Here’s a cheap, quick, and reliable machine that roasts a decent amount of coffee beautifully with only 5 main parts: two $9 Black & Decker screwdrivers, a $15 heat gun, a cheap power supply and, oh yeah, a (new) dog bowl.
Various incarnations of the heat gun/dog bowl technique are well documented online. This one takes the concept to the next level. It’s easy to build in a day or two, quick to roast, and, best of all, the roasting process is automated, reliably exposing the entire surface of every bean to the same heat.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.