Heated Car Seat Teardown and Repair


Posted By Yana

Jan 11th 2017

Here’s a little makeover of an inexpensive aftermarket car seat heating pad that stopped working. Designed to activate and warm up when sat upon, the electronics face a fair amount of abuse: since the seat is a soft frame, the wires inside constantly move and flex with the body. They are also subject to harsh … Continue reading Heated Car Seat Teardown and Repair

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

DIY LED Fosshape Horns


Posted By Yana

Nov 17th 2016

A handy tutorial explaining how to put together the RGB LED Horns. Make your own, or get a kit with everything included (except for the paint). Supplies: Fosshape 300 2 x slow scroll RGB LED 2 x coin cell batteries conductive thread 2 x coin cell battery holder – sewable 2 x pieces of velcro … Continue reading DIY LED Fosshape Horns

DIY Halloween RGB LED Kitty Ears


Posted By Yana

Oct 10th 2016

Simple cosplay cat ears made out of Fosshape, decorated with rhinestones and complete with RGB LEDs for color changing effect. Materials: Fosshape 300 2 x slow scroll RGB LEDs 2 x CR2032 coin cell batteries 2 x coin cell battery holders 100 flatback rhinestones 2 x hairclips fake fur steel ball chain Tools: scissors heat … Continue reading DIY Halloween RGB LED Kitty Ears

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

Arc Reactor Kit Assembly Instructions


Posted By ddamron

Apr 26th 2016

Arc Reactor Kit Build Instructions Here’s a quick blog on how to assemble the Arc Reactor Kit – Limited Edition. 1. Remove brown paper from all 4 acrylic pieces – the pieces are actually clear, so remove all the paper from both sides.

Vintage AMPEX VR1200B 2″ Quadruplex VTR Unearthed


Posted By Yana

Jan 8th 2016

I occupy a studio space in a building that is a former movie shooting facility turned into an artist hovel. The building itself is wonderfully old but the hallways are also full of ancient audio and video equipment from the movie days. One of the things that got the attention of our RnD and tech … Continue reading Vintage AMPEX VR1200B 2″ Quadruplex VTR Unearthed

Motion Activated Tree Lights


Posted By Yana

Nov 13th 2015

In compliance with the upcoming holidays we decided to contribute to the obligatory dose of Christmas ornamentation in the shape of the well-known coniferous tree. A tabletop freestanding tree with LED strings and a flashing star on top seemed like an easy enough thing to do. We also wanted to add a tech twist to … Continue reading Motion Activated Tree Lights

Rainbow Brite Dress Project


Posted By Yana

May 7th 2015

Cosplay at Solarbotics We have a bit of a rule here. If there’s a project we want to do, somebody has to have the passion for it. The drive, the dedication, the “kick-the-right-people-in-the-butt-to-get-it-done” drive. In this case, the project is a Rainbow Brite Dress, as spear-headed by our warehouse chief-elf Lyn Janelle (costume concept, design … Continue reading Rainbow Brite Dress Project


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