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Friday New Product: Goggles and NeoPixels

May 22, 2015

Posted By Yana

So when we created the Arc Reactor project to show off at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo, we also quickly put together our version of NeoPixel Goggles. We now carry the goggles and NeoPixels that fit them, as well as two other sizes of these amazing addressable RGB LED  rings.

Costume Goggles
$11.95

The goggles of awesomeness perfect for costuming needs.
Adafruit NeoPixel Ring – 12 x WS2812 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers
$9.00
Round and round and round they go! 12 ultra bright smart LED NeoPixels are arranged in a circle with 1.5″ (37mm) outer diameter
Adafruit NeoPixel Ring – 16 x WS2812 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers
$11.95

Round and round and round they go! 16 ultra bright smart LED NeoPixels are arranged in a circle with 1.75″ (44.5mm) outer diameter.
Adafruit NeoPixel Ring – 24 x WS2812 5050 RGB LED with Integrated Drivers
$23.95
Round and round and round they go! 24 ultra bright smart LED NeoPixels are arranged in a circle with 2.6″ (66mm) outer diameter.

The Solarbotics Marble Machine (Battery Edition) Announcement

May 15, 2015

Posted By Yana

We are happy to announce the arrival of the Battery Edition Marble Machine. Starting today it is available at our website for backorder, and will be fully available for purchase starting tomorrow May 16.

You are probably familiar with its older cousin, the Solar Marble Machine that has a clever circuit that delivers short bursts of energy collected by the solar cell to the gear wheel.  And while the Solar Marble Machine runs on pure and natural solar energy and is a lot of fun of fun to watch, the Battery Version doesn’t depend on the external lighting conditions and will faithfully deliver mesmerizing marble run action in complete darkness if necessary, with just a flip of a switch. On top of that, it is solder-free. In fact, it is so easy to assemble, your cat could build it.

The kit comes to you complete with all the components you need to build your own Marble Machine. The assembly is straightforward and well-documented, and you will only need a few hand tools (no hot melting solder spewing around, expensive tools or motor skills required). The wooden parts come in handy panels with additional instructions, and if you snap a piece during assembly, we’ll send you out a replacement part (email sales@solarbotics.com for details). We also have spent a good chunk of engineering time improving the initial layout to make the machine’s assembly and performance smoother.

So here you have – you can now populate your desk with a self-sufficient wooden distraction and watch the marbles roll down automagically.

Check out the Marble Machine in action:

We also created a handy assembly video for your cat to refer to:

 

Make Something Useless Useful Update

May 14, 2015

Posted By Yana

We’ve been trying to Make Something Useless Useful since 2012. In order to do that we’ve been donating a percentage of past sales of the Useless Box to Plan Canada. In year 2013 $5,000 went to Plan Canada’ Gift of Hope School Construction in Honduras. Here’s what the $5,000 we donated in December 2013 was able to accomplish:

  • 16 new classrooms have been constructed across six schools; classrooms are equipped with furniture and learning materials to create a nurturing school environment for children.
  • Six solar panel systems have been installed to provide consistent electricity to each school.
  • Two libraries have been built and equipped with child-friendly furniture, computers, and a wide selection of books to strengthen children’s comprehensive development.

This year we are hoping to donate $10,000, so with every Useless Box purchase you are supporting this goal!

 

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