MakeFashion Tech Gala Photos

March 31, 2015

Posted By Yana

The MakeFashion Gala was a glowing show of glowing lights: new photos for your attention at our Flickr stream.

Photo courtesyGeorge Dimitrov Photography

Among all the other wonderful things we’ve seen and photographed, just wanted to mention that while there have been many uses of our string LEDs before, but nothing quite as intense - Olga Sem, Kat Leto and Marina Ortman did an amazing job of incorporating them into the outfits.

Look at this density! Part of the Joker outfit, photo courtesy Kat Leto.


Solarbotics at MakeFashion 2015

March 26, 2015

Posted By Yana

The Wearable Tech Gala MakeFashion 2015 at the Telus Spark Science Centre is fast approaching, but there is still some time to get your tickets. It’s been 3 years and the event is getting bigger and better, and we are looking forward to seeing the new creations, some of which are coming together with the help of our RnD team. So! Solarbotics is going to attend: on Saturday March 28 2015, come enjoy the parade of ephemeral creatures of light, hot glue, tulle, code and PCBs. And of course say hi to the tall guy in a black hat and the rest of us. By the way, sneak peek preview videos for this year’s show are available if you are interested, and here are some last year’s stunning tech dresses on Solarbotics Flickr.


Friday New Product: More Grove Yet Again

March 20, 2015

Posted By Yana

We have seemingly endless supply of Grove-compatible items from SeeedStudio. So here are some more:

Grove – RGB Backlight LCD

Have your Grove experiment display more information in more ways than just 2 lines of 16 characters of text. Have it change the background lighting of the LCD for additional feedback.
Grove – 2-Coil Latching Relay
The Grove latching relays are interesting because they take a pulse to toggle their state, which it maintains even after a power cycle.
Grove – Serial MP3 Player

Simple MP3 playback in a Grove interface. Plug it in, feed the audio signal to an amplifier, and you’re listening to music.
Grove – Speaker
Amplified speaker output for the Grove prototyping system.
Grove – Barometer Sensor

Measure barometric pressure and report it back as a pressure, atmospheres, or altitude, plus get the temperature from the same sensor.
Grove – Circular LED

Grove-compatible circular 24 LED array.

Ringo – the great-grandson to the Photopopper Kickstarter

March 19, 2015

Posted By Dave

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?”

Not only that, it’s nice to see another company with similar workflow (Altium / Solidworks / Quad pick and place). Feels very “in sync” with us.

We’re onboard with the Kickstarter (only 48 hours left!). Give it a look!

Friday New Product: Raspberry Pi v2, PCBGrip Kits

February 27, 2015

Posted By Yana

For Fridays, it’s either all or nothing – so today is an all day, with all kinds of exciting new things:

Raspberry Pi Version 2 1GB

Much like the B+, but with additional horsepower and memory under the hood.
Raspberry Pi Camera Board Module
The Raspberry Pi has the Camera Serial Interface, which this camera uses to great effect with high-speed and high resolution.
Raspberry Pi Camera Case – Black

The Raspberry Pi Camera Case is cheap insurance for your RaspiCam applications.
Hakko FX-901 – Cordless Soldering Iron
Soldering irons are great when mains power is nearby. For those times when you need to crawl under a car dash, the Hakko battery-powered version suits the need better.
Actobotics Standard Gripper Kit A – Channel Mount

Sometimes you need to pinch (or grip) something remotely, and this Actobotics unit the solid and inexpensive mechanical part to your solution.
PCBGrip Kit 750 – Master

For the most flexibility in assembling electronics, the PCBGrip Master Kit has a full complement of options.
PCBGrip Kit 150 – Standard

For a truly useful tool when assembling electronics, the PCBGrip Standard Kit has pretty much all you’ll need.
PCBGrip Kit 50 – Minimalist

For the most flexibility in assembling electronics, the PCBGrip Master Kit has a full complement of options

Friday New Product: More Grove

February 20, 2015

Posted By Yana

Today we have more standalone Grove modules and kits brought to you from SeeedStudio:

SeeedStudio Mixer Pack V2 Electronic blocks kit

Before inexpensive microcontrollers, logic circuits did the bulk of electronic decision-making. The Mixer Pack makes it easy to play with simple “if-then” circuits without soldering.
Grove – Starter Kit for Arduino

No doubt the simplest and most flexible no-soldering way to start hacking with Arduino.
Grove – Differential Amplifier V1.2

Designed to interface weak input signals to the Grove system of prototyping.
Grove – Air Quality Sensor

Detect carbon monoxide, alcohol, acetone, paint thinner, formaldehyde and other gasses with this plug-and-use Grove module.
Grove – Protoshield

On the rare occasion there isn’t a Grove module for your project, build your own!

More Grove Parts from SeeedStudio

February 12, 2015

Posted By Yana

As promised, we keep adding to the Grove items category:

Grove – Flame Sensor

An adjustable-sensitivity flame sensor, with Grove interface compatibility.
Grove – GSR Interface

Galvanic skin response measures the electrical conductance of skin. This Grove module makes it easy to measure the response across 2 fingers on a hand.
Grove – Infrared Receiver

Any project that requires talking to a standard 38kHz IR remote control will work well with this receiver.
Grove – Infrared Emitter

Convenient plug-in-and-use Infrared emitter module for the Grove system.
Grove – Ultrasonic Ranger
Ultrasonic distance sensor, featuring the plug-in-and-use Grove system.
Grove – Touch Sensor
It’s a ready-to-use touch sensor switch compatible with the Grove system. Plug it in, tuck it in behind a non-metallic surface, and you are finished.

Raspberry Pi Model B+ 512MB Project Board is Here

January 28, 2015

Posted By Yana

Not being able to wait until the proper Friday New Product post, we are excited to announce that we are now carrying the Raspberry Pi Model B+ 512MB Project Board.

The Raspberry Pi is a tidy board loaded with functionality. About the size of a credit card, it can be turned into a fully functional computer by just plugging in a USB keyboard, mouse and HDMI monitor. Being Linux-based makes it super flexible for use in a wide range of applications.

Friday New Product: Grove Stuff

January 23, 2015

Posted By Yana

Today we are showing off Grove from SeeedStudio. Grove is a modular electronic platform for quick prototyping. We brought in the Grove Starter kit and a wide range of Grove-compatible modules. Each of the modules serves one function and plugs into the Base Shield to make prototyping and testing your ideas super easy. We are going to be adding more to the category soon. Here are the first three items:

Grove Base Shield
The Grove Base Shield is an amazingly easy way to connect your Arduino to sensors, displays, and actuators.
Grove – I2C Color Sensor

I2C Color Sensor based on the TCS3414CS.
Grove – LED Strip Driver (mono and RGB)
Use Grove to simplify your project, and in this case, to add LED strip lights. Drives both mono-colour and RGB styles, up to 3A per channel.

It’s USUALLY good to be Canadian…

January 15, 2015

Posted By Dave

…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. With the dollar trading around $0.80 USD over the last few months, we’re having to adjust our Canadian pricing. Effective immediately, our Canadian customers will be seeing a suitable increase in our prices that brings our pricing back in line with the exchange rate.

We regret having to do this, but we do purchase most of our inventory in US funds, and base our pricing on US funds. When the USD and CAD went par, we were gladly made our prices the same, but alas, times change.

But do remember – when you buy from Solarbotics in Canada, you won’t be surprised with the additional exchange penalty on your credit card, nor will you be hit with surprise customs & clearance charges. All things considered, our Canadian customers will be still getting a fair deal on hacking supplies!





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