The Technology of Big Hero 6

BIG HERO 6

Disney’s Big Hero 6 is set in an alternate reality that differs from our world in two major ways: the culture is a melding of American and Japanese influences, and the technological development is slightly more advanced than ours. Let’s take a look at some of that technology. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert – SAM: The Internet of Everything for Everyone

The prototype SAM modules

SAM is a new project which has just launched on Kickstarter, taking the idea behind individual electronic components that connect together – pioneered by littleBits – and freeing them from the need to be physically connected by adding a battery and wireless chip to each module. Continue reading

Win a Tektronix Oscilloscope With GeekDad!

Tektronix TBS1202B Oscilloscope

Having the right tools for the job is crucial for any development project. There is a standard array of tools that folks working on electronics have in their arsenal. A soldering iron, a board holder, a digital multimeter, and a slew of similar tools. One of those tools that many are missing is a quality oscilloscope. Continue reading

Oscilloscope Basics and Tektronix Giveaway Reminder

Tektronix TBS1202B Oscilloscope

As I mentioned in my post last week, announcing our giveaway of a Tektronix TBS1202B oscilloscope, an oscilloscope can be one of the most powerful tools on a electronics work bench. I thought I would take some time to explain how a scope can be useful, and highlight some of the features of the TBS1202B. Continue reading

Make Your Phone Smarter With Moshi and Boom

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Indispensable. That’s how I describe my iPhone. It’s easily as important to me as my keys and wallet, so I always endeavor to treat it well – to pamper it even. Because of this, I tend to go through a lot of accessories, always looking for something that performs slightly better or adds additional value to an already stellar user experience. Two recent finds, the Moshi SenseCover and Boom’s Bluetooth Urchin, have managed to do just that. Continue reading

Test Driving an Unusual Pairing: A Chromebox and a 28-inch 4K UHD Monitor

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I frequently have some odd gear show up at the house in search of a review. An iPhone case that doubles as a bottle opener, an MP3 player from a power tool company — that kind of thing. I had one of the more unusual pairings in recent memory show up this week. A Chromebox together with a 28-inch 4K UHD monitor. Either on its own is nothing that strange, but having Asus send a Chromebox (about the cheapest PC you can buy) along with a rather pricey, big, Ultra HD monitor stuck me as kind of amusing. Continue reading