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Member Since: September 7, 2010

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A walk-through of building what turned out to be a complicated prop.

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We all know that women are not only a minority in technical fields, but are often not encouraged to go into such fields. Here are a few ways to encourage and support the girls/women in our lives who are interested in technical fields.

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Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless

July 13, 2017

Learn how to setup, configure and use the smallest Raspberry Pi yet, the Raspberry Pi Zero - Wireless.

TB6612FNG Hookup Guide

September 29, 2016

Basic hookup guide for the TB6612FNG H-bridge motor driver.

SD Cards and Writing Images

June 4, 2015

How to upload images to an SD card for Raspberry Pi, PCDuino, or your favorite SBC.

Installing an Arduino Bootloader

December 4, 2013

This tutorial will teach you what a bootloader is, why you would need to install/reinstall it, and go over the process of doing so.

How to Use a Breadboard

May 14, 2013

Welcome to the wonderful world of breadboards. Here we will learn what a breadboard is and how to use one to build your very first circuit.
  • Anything is sewable if you try hard enough. The battery connector and the USB connector are specific and so not really sewable. The power terminals are not designed for conductive thread, but with a thin enough needle you might be able to sew to it. On the other hand with the pins being so close together I’d worry about shorting. You may be better off soldering a piece of wire to each pad, pulling it off to the side and coiling the end (unstripped) and sewing conductive thread to that.

  • The colors are nice, but not always that useful. For a DC motor if you apply power it will spin in a certain direction. If you apply that power in reverse it will spin in the opposite direction meaning there is no “correct” way to connect it. So it depends on how you mount it and your code. If you have it mounted the way you want and don’t want to fiddle with code I would just swap how the wires are connected to your motor driver.

  • That is correct. This is mostly used for connecting the XBees to a computer to program/configure them, although if you open up a serial terminal you can send and receive data as well. For connecting to a 5V system the XBee Explorer Regulated is a great option, for a 3.3V system you don’t need the regulation and so the breakout board should work just fine as well.

  • Both the lights and light sensor can be washed, but be careful. Especially with conductive thread you may want to hand wash, and make sure the garment is completely dry before applying power.

  • The circumference of a unit is too dang Pi!

    Actually that is only true when dang = are!

  • Thanks for the suggestion. In the past we’ve done a lot of Universities and special things like summer camps. A few years ago we did a custom kit for Mesa which was the Mini SIK with a pair of motors and a motor driver added. After a while we decided to add it to our catalog and that is how the Tinker Kit was born. Usually a school or teacher will start with a standard kit and then add or subtract a few parts to fit their needs.

    Because most of these kits never end up with a customer facing page, linking them isn’t really possible at the moment. But our current kit offerings are a good spot to start with for building your own kits. Also, you can feel free to email us and we can help you find a starting place in our catalog.

  • Sorry, the description did say non-addressable for a bit, but did get fixed. There are 60 LEDs (20 red, 20 green, and 20 blue). They are arranged in sets of 3 (1 of each color), so you have 20 addressable RGB groups.

  • sorry, description is now fixed.

  • A bit late, but a quick summary. SDR is software defined radio. Basically the device lets you receive and transmit on a large range of frequencies, but that is configured in software instead of hardware. Well, now you are wondering who wants to receive and transmit on a lot of frequencies? Welcome to the world of ham radio. While we do have some people in the building that have their ham radio license we don’t have much in terms of tutorials on it. Check out your local Ham Radio club or ARRL if you are interested in more information.

    PSA: If you want to transmit anything you will want to get a ham radio license. The varying levels of license give you the ability to transmit on different frequencies.

  • Check out this forum post which gives a much better explanation of the issue. The resistor and diode actually pull the pin low causing the module to go into a different state on power up.

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