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The Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Odyssey

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The “Laser Finger,” the Palo Alto (Cal.) High School team’s head-mounted remote control intended for use by quadriplegics

This week is the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams Odyssey, an annual program showcasing some of the coolest inventions you'll see anywhere. The twist is that all the brilliant inventors behind them are still in high school. Teams of students received grants of up to $10,000 last fall to develop a prototype intended to solve a problem of their choosing.  Check out some of the kids showing off the fruits of their labor above and in our slideshow—just in case you needed a reminder of how you wasted four years of your life.—Doug Cantor

Paper Folding Photos

Phil has some photos from Wednesday night's DIY meet-up:

Despite some crummy rain, a lot of NY area makers made it to our MAKE/POPSCI/ETSY paper project night. Paper wallets were made, the drawbot cranked out dozens of portraits, experiments in powered paper flight were attempted...

I was too busy folding wallets to shoot any. Thanks again to Instructables user theRIAA for providing the folding instructions (see them here), and of course to the Make/Craft/Etsy folks for hosting. Stay tuned for next month's details—if you're an NYC-area maker, this is turning into something you probably don't want to miss. —John Mahoney

Last Night's Party

Last night's NYC DIY meet-up was a blast: plenty of good people, good food, good drink and, of course, good MIDI hacks. This month's theme was handmade music, and as one would expect there were some pretty fabulous homebrew instruments on display.

Especially great was Jeff Hoefs's Beat Blocks, a 4-track beat sequencer with a tangible interface operated by blocks. Basically, if you put down a block with four stripes, you get four sixteenth-note hits on that beat. It's a blast to play with, which will hopefully be communicated in some way via this video:

For more photos, click on through below. And thanks to everyone at Etsy and MAKE for helping this first DIY meet-up happen. Stay tuned for details on next month's shindig. —John Mahoney

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