Perma-Proto breadboards from Adafruit

We just got them in store, and they are the the most slick proto-boards we have ever seen.  I can’t decide to build a project on one, or hang it on the wall as art. We have them as the ‘Superpack’ (3 of each size) as well as single size 3 packs. Perma-Proto Half-sized Breadboard… Read More »

Cutting PCBs

While building prototypes the need to cut an existing PCBs or generic prototyping PCBs to fit your project will come up once in a while. What I normally do is score the PCB with a box cutting knife or hack saw the board into the shape I need. Both of these techniques end up making… Read More »

Need more pins for your Arduino project?

I was working on an Arduino style project the other day and needed just a couple of more pins. I really didn’t want to add any extra circuitry to the project so I looked at the Atmega328 and wondered how I could get more pins out of it. Then it dawned on me, simply remove… Read More »

New take on a public space piano

d’Art Souterrain (French for Underground Art) does a new take on the public space playable piano keyboard. This installation is located in one of the under ground pedestrian tunnel of Place Ville Marie in Montreal. Their objective was to take a create a space where people could interact in what is otherwise an area only used… Read More »

Closeup of Piranah LED

What I did here was wire up a piranah tri-color LED, and for a resistance, I used a piece of anti-static chip foam. (The type that we put chips on when we are making kits) Shot these photos with a really close up macro lens, to capture the 3 distinct parts of the LED that… Read More »

Arduino & Flight Simulator

Down in New Zealand, Jim of Jim’s Page has crafted one of the most ‘home made’ – DIY looking flight sims I’ve ever seen.  Interfacing with an Arduino for a variety of IO, and he’s got his own software that communicates it all. Check out his Arduino link, he shows how to use the Arduino… Read More »

Solder : Time™ Watch

Debuted at Maker Faire Bay Area 2011, we created this watch to let your ‘inner geek’ shine.  Soldering isn’t one of your talents? Well, we have these available assembled and ready to wear as well. This started out as a project, where we just simply wanted to make a watch.  What we ended up with… Read More »

Geared Motor Emporium

When you get a broken ‘not worth fixing’ All-in-One Scanner / Printer / Fax, there is an amazing opportunity within.  On the outside, it is a broken office garbage.  On the inside, a wealth of supplies for the DIY tinkerer, and you can dispose of the rest in an environmentally friendly way. Came across a… Read More »