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 […]

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 […]

The Arc Reactor Project

Posted By Yana

Apr 24th 2015

We needed all our superpowers for the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo this past weekend, so we decided to create our version of Arc Reactor for the team to wear at the show in order to augment the intelligence and add superhuman-level multitasking and learning capabilities (imagination is key at the Comic Expo).

3D Printed Treetop Star

Posted By Yana

Dec 9th 2014

Initially inspired by the Moravian Star on Instructables and the fact that we now carry all kinds of 3D printing filament, we decided to make one of our own glowy holiday star. We have used this thing as source files to create a similar treetop decoration of our own. After some trial and error (due […]

Project (the day other than) Monday: Ice Star LED String

Posted By Yana

Dec 3rd 2014

Inspired by the Ice Bulb published on Instructables, we decided to create our own version. Ice bulb suggests that we use a balloon to shape the ice and before it freezes, add an LED so that it can glow. Since we decided to use a whole bunch of LEDs (on a string), we opted to […]

MakeFashion 2014: Inputs and Outcomes

Posted By Yana

Mar 11th 2014

So what happens when Solarbotics meets up with a local fashion duo just 4 weeks before a techno fashion show? Some insanity. Some long hours. Lots of fun. Solarbotics helped several designers prepare for the MakeFashion Gala 2014, but there were a few we really worked closely on for the event. Pumping Fashion Lit by […]

Project Monday: Laser Monitoring with Synapse

Posted By Yana

Mar 10th 2014

I’m Dilan, a relatively new hire here at Solarbotics, and I am in charge of product development and R&D support. I’ve got tons of experience with many things, and have seen Arduino as a staple in many projects here at Solarbotics. With its ease of use, powerful programming language, and vast online community, it has […]

Monday Projects: Lasercut Stamps – Research on Materials

Posted By Yana

Jan 13th 2014

Yours truly is about to teach a mixed media class and wanted to try making some stamps to enhance my (and my students’) collaging experience. Stamps are used to create background patterns and give interest to surface design in 2d mixed media techniques. There is a variety of stamps available both online and in craft […]

Protel v2.8 Demo Disks

Posted By Dave

Jul 12th 2007

This is a very nice little demo package from Protel of a PCB layout program. It’s an older package (they don’t even have this on their website anymore), but works on any windows platform, unlike their current demo versions.

Circuit: L293D Mini-Sumo

Posted By Dave

Jul 12th 2007

This circuit is used to create a simple “edgebot” sumo robot. Being an edgebot refers that it will repeat the same backup/turn/go forward action when it’s single edge sensor detects the edge of the ring. This version of the circuit is quite simple, and always turns the same way.