Entries for the ‘Kits’ Category

SMD July – Build MakeyMakey on July 24th at VHS

When Kickstarter came to VHS to talk about launching campaigns they showed MaKeyMaKey as an example. They chose well. This has to be close to the most fun you can find in a circuit. You can find out lots about it online, it is even more fun than it looks! MaKeyMaKey is open hardware, all the […]

SMD May PCBs arrive just in time

The circuit boards from dirty pcbs for SMD May are here just in time. The Logic Pirate is a nice cheap compact logic analyser design by Markus Gritsch. More at Dirty PCBs and Dangerous Prototypes.  

SMD May – Logic Pirate

      The dangerous prototypes logic pirate is a new 8 channel logic analyser design from the home of the bus pirate.  It uses the open SUMP protocol supported by the ols java client software (Mac, Windows, Linux). This project is of similar difficulty to the internet of things arduino, except none of the chips are […]

SMD April – USB Isolator overview

You can see from looking at the block diagram above that the isolation is transformer based, it’s quite remarkable that they can fit 5 transformers in such a small package.  If you can’t attend the workshop the pcb files can be found on github and all the parts at Newark/Element14. Newark/Element14 have an excellent video […]

VHS Members pay it forward

As part of the recent pi protoplate/connector group buy we included funds for Adafruit, the authors of the open hardware PCB design we chose. We ordered 25 boards and aimed to include $1 per board kickback for Adafruit. The final numbers are $169.54 paid after paypal fees, the pcbs were $80.55 inc shipping and the […]

SMD April – USB Isolator

In one of the earlier SMD workshops I managed to temporarily kill my new macbook pro when I plugged in a prototype.  I revived it by removing the battery all the time chanting to myself, must get a usb isolator, must get a usb isolator, must get a usb isolator….. This is a nice simple […]

SMD March – Arduino Internet of things kitbuilding

There’s a lot of work that goes into putting workshops on at vhs.  In the photo below you can see some of the parts for the SMD March Internet of things board laid out ready for packing.  Many SMD components have no identifying markers – once they leave their supplier packaging it is tough to […]

SMD March – Internet of things board

For SMD March we’ll be building an Internet of things board. This is the heart of an arduino uno coupled with an ethernet interface to let you control leds, relays etc, plus read switch positions, temperature etc. all over Ethernet. Like a uno, it has a usb interface for programming with the Arduino GUI and […]

Raspberry Pi protoboard/connector group buy – $US7 each

This is closed now. I’ve chosen the adafruit design as it is open hardware (https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-Prototyping-Pi-Plate). The board manufacturer (iteadstudio.com) I use charges $US19.90 for 10 boards (will be green).   Shipping is about $US0.50-1 each (varies a lot with the weight).  I would like to kick at least $US1 per board to Adafruit for the […]

Want to Build a Quadcopter At VHS?

Give the gift of making this winter and build a Quadcopter at VHS. EIGHTEEN have signed up! Project News 2013-11-13: The time to get in on the group order has now closed. We are placing the order today. We will have more news as soon as we have a tracking number. 2013-11-10: The Neuchatetl, Switzerland […]