If you visited us at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire this year and are looking for the blinky badge and soldering documentation we used, this is for you: 1. Blinky Badge Instructions – PDF, the instructions for building our famous badge kit. 2. Soldering Is Easy – a complete guide to soldering, in comic book format.
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Illustration by J.L. Martin Cost: Only $3 (payable on the night) Experience level: beginner Class Size: sold out Date: Thursday feb 12th Time: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Where: VHS, 1715 Cook Street, Buzzer #104 Sign up: Workshop is now full Come down and learn to solder or to brush up on your soldering skills for future workshops. You’ll […]
What Learn the basics of programming AND a bit about Arduino AND feel the dopamine rush of making atomic rainbow colored fire light! We’ll be using the same kind of lights that are in one panel of our giant wall of LEDs4. That’s 64 LEDs. If you already have the LEDs and power supply from […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]