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August 10, 2017 AUTHOR: Donald Bell CATEGORIES: News Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Bobbleheads & Burrs [Maker Update #46]

This week on Maker Update, designing your own bobblehead, a new trick for your Raspberry Pi, what’s so great about deburring tools, McMaster Carr meets Tinkercad, and a roundup of 3D printed Pi cases. This week’s Cool Tool is the General Tools 481 Swivel Head Deburring Tool.

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  • PocketCHIP handheld Linux computer
  • Photo of PocketCHIP disassembled
  • C.H.I.P. single board computer
February 10, 2017 AUTHOR: Donald Bell CATEGORIES: Tools Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

PocketCHIP $69 Handheld Computer Review

The Oakland-based startup Next Thing Co. made a splash in 2015 when they announced a $9 single-board Linux computer called C.H.I.P. Like the Raspberry Pi, C.H.I.P. is a Linux computer designed for DIY projects and education — only significantly less expensive. And while the price made an impression on me at the time, I wasn’t yet into Raspberry Pi enough to even be tempted by a competitor. That is, until I saw PocketCHIP.

Next Thing Co. is clever enough to sell an accessory called PocketCHIP that transforms the credit card-sized board into a thoroughly unique, fully functional handheld computer. The PocketCHIP’s $69 price includes both the CHIP board and the portable handheld computer hardware that it simply slots right into.

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January 19, 2017 AUTHOR: Donald Bell CATEGORIES: Project Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Review: Light Paintbrush for Circuit Playground

I love when a DIY project gives you something that feels almost like a magic trick. The TV-B-Gone project is one such project, but so is this LED paintbrush project published by John Park on Adafruit.

John Park has an embarrassing number of great projects, but I ordered up the parts for this one specifically because I’ve been looking for an approachable project with a fun payoff to use for a beginner electronics workshop I’m teaching in April. I love the idea of students walking away with a unique gadget to show off, rather than just a blinking LED.

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  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit
  • Driver
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit Driver
  • iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit Suction Cup
  • Pro Tech Toolkit
  • Pro Tech Toolkit
  • Pro Tech Toolkit
December 1, 2016 AUTHOR: Donald Bell CATEGORIES: Tools Tags: , , , , , , ,

iFixit Essential Electronics Toolkit and Pro Tech Toolkit Review

I’m a fan of iFixit. They’re a cool, maker-friendly company on a mission to help people repair their own electronics. In full disclosure, I approached them early on when I started my Maker Update show to see if they would consider sponsoring it. And while they politely declined, they seem to appreciate what I’m doing enough to send me a few freebies to check out. That’s how I ended with these two gorgeous toolkits. 

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