Sebastopol, CA—Nov. 22, 2011—Kits help create the kind of highly skilled amateurs who drive innovation and economic renewal. From the steam engine kits that kicked off the Industrial Revolution, to the kit computers in the 1970s that launched Apple, Microsoft, and the computer revolution, industries have been transformed by enthusiastic hobbyists who get their hands on powerful and fun technology by way of kits. It's happening again with 3D printing, CNC machining, robotics, microcontrollers, and beyond.
Hitting newsstands just in time for the holidays, Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012, reviews over 175 top kits of all kinds, from beginner's crafts to wooden kayaks to advanced robotics and everything in between!
Whether you need a gift for the do-it-yourselfer who loves making things or you want to find the best kits to build yourself, this special issue guides the way, with reviews selected by the editors of MAKE magazine.
"We hope that the 'Ultimate Kit Guide' will inspire a new generation of people to become active creators of the things that they use in their daily lives," says MAKE magazine Editor-in-Chief Mark Frauenfelder.
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In celebration of our special Make: Ultimate Kit Guide, we're holding a spectacular kits giveaway on MAKE's website makezine.com. Every day between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we'll give away some of the coolest kits from the Guide. Included among the prizes are five brand-new MakerBot Kits valued at $1,300 each. That's right, we're giving away five MakerBots! Tune into makezine.com every day, Nov. 25 - Dec. 23, for your chance to win.
Top Kits from the Make: Ultimate Kit Guide 2012:
EDITORS: Here are some of our top picks from the great kits included in the magazine:
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Stay up-to-date on all the latest kits with our new site, Make: Kit Reviews.
The Ultimate Kit Guide 2012 also includes an essay by MIT research fellow Michael Schrage on how kits drive technological innovation. Here's Michael reading an excerpt from this revolution-minded essay for your podcast-listening enjoyment:
Make: Ultimate Kit Guide: #Makemagazine's new special issue reviews DIY kits. Genius gift idea. http://kits.makezine.com
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