Tag Archives: electronics

New Kickstarter — RPiKit, The Raspberry Pi All-in-One Project Kit

New Kickstarter — RPiKit, The Raspberry Pi All-in-One Project Kit

Back in 2014, I met this interesting guy named Dan at the Atlanta Maker Faire; he was selling these very eye-catching electronics kits that were housed in secret-agent style briefcases. The product was called ArduinoKit, and I was absolutely amazed at how well Dan had designed the primary board that holds all the various components as well as a single Arduino Nano. Read More

A Great Weekend Project — DIY Arcade Controller

A Great Weekend Project — DIY Arcade Controller

While writing projects are in full swing, I often tend to collect small DIY projects that remain stacked on shelves until I have some of that free time… I’ve recently finished up writing two books that are now heading to the printer, and I find myself with some free time. I should be putting together a proposal for my next book, but instead I’ve reached for a small box of parts.
This past weekend’s project was quick and simple (relatively speaking), and I had a very easy gauge for determining its success or failure … would I be able to play the classic Atari 2600 game, Adventure, as it was meant to be played? Read More

Kickstarter Reminder — DuinoKit Jr. Electronics/Arduino Project Kit

Kickstarter Reminder — DuinoKit Jr. Electronics/Arduino Project Kit

This is just a quick reminder that the DuinoKit Jr. Kickstarter project is down to less than a week. It’s already reached its funding goal, so any stragglers out there who might be looking for a fun all-in-one electronics style kit that teaches Arduino and programming, take a look at the DuinoKit Jr.

Project owner, Dan Alich, has finished two successful Kickstarter projects previously, both larger versions of this kit called the DuinoKit Essentials. Dan understands the issues with manufacturing and shipping, so he’s got the experience needed to delivery the products on time for a May 2015 delivery. Read More

Hobbyist Kits — Yesterday (200-in-1) and Today (DuinoKit)!

Hobbyist Kits — Yesterday (200-in-1) and Today (DuinoKit)!

I must have been around twelve years of age when I began developing an interest in electronics. I started taking electronic gizmos like alarm clocks and kitchen appliances apart (often without permission) and examining them more closely. Rather than discourage me, my parents switched gears and birthday and Christmas presents moved from toys to more fun and advanced project-like gifts. One of the more memorable ones was a 200-in-1 electronics kit from Radio Shack. Read More

Mooshimeter: Funny Name, Cool Product

Mooshimeter: Funny Name, Cool Product

A few different friends pointed me at this Dragon Innovate project last week and I had to check it out. Mooshimeter seems like a silly name, but the product behind it promises to change the way we diagnose electrical problems. Equipped with a dual channel circuit tester, Bluetooth, and your smart phone, you can use this meter to measure voltage and current up to 30 feet away. Read More