Member Since: August 4, 2008

Country: United States

  • News - Enginursday: Yeah, I foun… | about 2 months ago

    “ideas for go-karts, jet-boats, and hovercrafts have been tossed around”: using a jet engine for a land vehicle? Sounds like an old Darwin Award story.

  • News - The Rise and Fall of Heat… | about 2 years ago

    To be the heir to Heathkit, you need to make kits that are useful for everyday stuff and put them in nice enclosures.

    Kits like clocks, weather stations, stereos, and TVs (all of which Heathkit made) in living-room-friendly enclosures had obvious appeal to non-engineers and gently invited them into the hobby. A kid looking at a Heathkit could think “Wow, I can make something that works and looks as good as something I can buy at Sears.” Contrast that with a Sparkfun ClockIt. A kid looking at a Sparkfun ClockIt would say “That’s an ugly, geeky looking thing.” It sure doesn’t look like a clock!

    Even if you convinced him to buy it and assemble it, what’s he going to do with it? Use it as his regular alarm clock? The buttons are awkward and if it’s sitting on his nightstand, it’ll flop around at the end of its power cord, fall off the table, or get destroyed.

    Can Heathkit-quality kits be developed and sold for a reasonable price these days? I don’t know. Ramsey has a couple of kits that might qualify (they have a nixie clock with a nice enclosure, but it ain’t cheap). But in my book, that’s what it’ll take to be on par with Heathkit.

    As for me: I still own, use, and treasure my Heathkit clock. I also built the Heathkit H-9 computer terminal and used it with my first computer. Alas, I no longer have it.

  • News - Free Day is TODAY! | about 2 years ago

    If it’s based on a Geiger counter, does that mean I’ve simultaneously won and lost?

    • Schrodinger’s Contestant
  • News - Pete and Jim's Trip to th… | about 3 years ago

    Where did the “awesome” pizza come from? As a Massachusetts resident, I might check it out.

  • News - The Time Is Near | about 3 years ago

    That shot of the Sparkfun box standing there made me think “Red Monolith”. You should do something 2001-ish with that.

  • News - Maker Faire New York Is C… | about 4 years ago

    Darn it, why couldn’t you have posted this a few days ago! I just bought tickets for my whole family at full price!

  • Product WRL-08972 | about 5 years ago

    So, what do I need to listen to the output? Can I use an earphone connected to this, or do I need to connect the OpAmp breakout, then the earphone. What if I want a speaker? Do I need a second amplifier after the OpAmp, or is there a single unit that can boost the FM Receiver’s output to speaker level?

No public wish lists :(