Meet Buzz, a “Pixel Pal” You Can Build and Program

Soldering Sunday's Buzz -  A New Pixel Pal

Soldering Sunday’s new Pixel Pal Buzz is a cute robot-shaped circuit board with two LED lights for eyes and a belly button buzzer, available now through Kickstarter. Pixel Pals are fun and educational kits that develop STEAM skills. Buzz starts with a few easy components to solder, but unlike most starter kits, it keeps growing from there. Continue reading

The GoBox – Subscription Robot Kit With Parts Delivered Monthly


Years ago, I wrote some books about LEGO Mindstorms robotics. During my research and investigation of third party sensors and other components, I stumbled upon Dexter Industries and was quite impressed with the quality of their products. I became a fan, and continue to be impressed by everything they do… including their most recent Kickstarter. Continue reading

Perfect All-in-One Raspberry Pi Starter Kit (UK Only)

Deluxe Kit

I’ve been tinkering for some time with the Arduino family of micro controllers, but lately I’ve been wanting to start investigating the new Raspberry Pi credit card-sized computer. When the Pi first arrived, users simply purchased the small circuit board and provided their own add-ons like a keyboard, mouse, and display. But now, the Pi has arrived and is finally being bundled in kits that allow beginners to jump right in with a minimum of fuss. One of these is the U:Create Raspberry Pi Deluxe Starter Kit available in the UK for £99.99. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: UDOO Development Board

UDOO Board (Image: UDOO)

The UDOO is a dual processor system featuring an ARM i.MX6 from Freescale Semiconductors and a ARM SAM3X8E from Atmel. The Atmel ARM chip is the same chip as the Arduino DUE and the UDOO board has the footprint of a DUE built right into the board, including all of the IO pins. The Freescale ARM i.MX6 is available as a dual core or a quad core and runs at 1 GHz. Continue reading

Random Geek Roundup #6

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Welcome to the sixth irregular installment of Random Geek Roundup! This is where I collect a variety of links and sites and products that have come across my virtual desk in recent days. Just because you’ve discovered a specific interesting tidbit doesn’t mean that everyone has. So in the spirit of sharing awesome, here is the next collection of links. Continue reading