Project: LED Earrings


Posted By Solarbotics

Aug 8th 2017

The idea of adorning oneself with glowing bits has been around forever, but instead of smearing ourselves with phosphorescent jellyfish or placing fireflies in ears like some uncivilized cavemen we went for simple LED earrings. We made a build that involves a simple slow-scroll RGB LED and a few reflective bits to bounce that pretty … Continue reading Project: LED Earrings

Metal Spinning Field Trip


Posted By Solarbotics

Jul 4th 2017

We’ve been researching a manufacturer for a shiny new product we are working on (shhh, don’t tell anyone and stay tuned for the reveal!). What we have been looking for is a metal spinner. Metal spinning, also known as spin forming, spinning, or metal turning most commonly, is a metalworking process by which a disc … Continue reading Metal Spinning Field Trip

Heated Car Seat Teardown and Repair


Posted By Solarbotics

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

DIY LED Fosshape Horns


Posted By Solarbotics

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 Solarbotics

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

Vintage AMPEX VR1200B 2″ Quadruplex VTR Unearthed


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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 Solarbotics

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 Solarbotics

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

The Arc Reactor Project


Posted By Solarbotics

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 Solarbotics

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 … Continue reading 3D Printed Treetop Star


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