Solarbotics Takes Over Active-Tech Calgary


Posted By Dave

Jun 20th 2017

 

As of June 7, 2017, Active-Tech Calgary is now under the ownership of Solarbotics Ltd.! Solarbotics has been a part of the Calgary DIY Electronics community for over 22 years, manufacturing and reselling the kits, parts and pieces you use for your own creations. Active-Tech Calgary has been around slightly longer, supplying industrial electronics & … Continue reading Solarbotics Takes Over Active-Tech Calgary

Interactive String LED Floor Mandala at MakerFaire Bay Area


Posted By Dave

Jun 1st 2017

 

Because… of things… Solarbotics didn’t do a booth or official presence at this year’s Bay Area MakerFaire. We opted to do something fun this time, building a custom just-for-the-fair piece of sorta-interactive LED artwork. Following on the success of the quickie LED floor mandala resting area we did at the NYC MF, we turned it … Continue reading Interactive String LED Floor Mandala at MakerFaire Bay Area

Starry Night Pendant Assembly Guide


Posted By Dave

Nov 17th 2016

 

We’ve already blogged about the Technology Grad Dresses, which are accompanied by the Starry Night Pendant as a perfect finishing touch to complete the outfit. Since then, we’ve upgraded and improved the Pendant design to make it a fully documented kit, rather than just a bundle: The 2xAAA battery holder offers longer life, less cost … Continue reading Starry Night Pendant Assembly Guide

Solarbotics’ Grove Academic Education Bundles


Posted By Dave

Sep 8th 2016

 

Last summer during a Solarbotics Robotics for Educators session, one of the teachers noted something about many of the mainstream robotics and electronics learning platforms commonly used in classrooms. He said that those platforms suffered from the Black Box Effect. This effect was where the “black boxes,” the controllers, were plugged into the computer and … Continue reading Solarbotics’ Grove Academic Education Bundles

Technology Grad Dresses


Posted By Dave

Aug 29th 2016

 

  I have a daughter. A daughter who likes pretty things, and like most daughters, likes to stand out once in a while. As the President of a local technology-hacking company, and having been involved with more than a handful of technology dresses & costumes in the Calgary area, she thought it would be a … Continue reading Technology Grad Dresses

Solarbotics Raspberry Pi 3 SAFE Assembly Instructions


Posted By Dave

Apr 25th 2016

 

The instructions for assembling the Pi v3 and the previous acrylic Pi SAFE are quite similar. Only difference between the models is the location of the LED light pipes, so these Pi3 instructions apply generally to all Pi SAFE versions. 1. Your Parts! 8 x 4-40 nuts 8 x 4-40 x 3/8″ bolts 2 x … Continue reading Solarbotics Raspberry Pi 3 SAFE Assembly Instructions

Ringo – the great-grandson to the Photopopper Kickstarter


Posted By Dave

Mar 19th 2015

 

We were pleased to see the Kickstarter for Ringo, the Photopopper-ish but much smarter version of our own ~17 year old design robot kit. The video showcases some pretty cool behaviors, and is easily one of those projects where we think “Jee, why didn’t we do that?”

It’s USUALLY good to be Canadian…


Posted By Dave

Jan 15th 2015

 

…especially since we have great skiing, universal healthcare, and excellent chocolate (Smarties over M&Ms any day). Unfortunately, one of those excellent things ISN’T the Canadian dollar.

Closed for Thanksgiving (Monday October 13th, 2014)


Posted By Dave

Oct 11th 2014

 

Being in Canada, October is practically the doorstep of winter. Some places get a full three months of autumn, but for us it’s one big multicolored blur before everything gets covered in white. Sure, that means that winter takes up half the year. But do you know what it also means? Thanksgiving comes almost a … Continue reading Closed for Thanksgiving (Monday October 13th, 2014)

Maker Faire Calgary, Sept 6-7


Posted By Dave

Sep 2nd 2014

 

Are you located in or around Calgary? Do you like cool projects and neat-o people making neat-o things? Are you looking for something mega-awesome to do this weekend? If you answered yes to all (or any) of these questions, we have some good news for you: The Calgary Mini Maker Faire is happening this weekend. … Continue reading Maker Faire Calgary, Sept 6-7


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