Grove Smart Plant Kit Demo

Posted By diltuff

Mar 15th 2018

We recently found ourselves in need of a demo for the Grove Smart Plant Care Kit for our visit to the Calgary City Teacher’s Convention. With a very small window to put something together before the due date, we decided to reuse the rough design of one of our previous projects. You know what they … Continue reading Grove Smart Plant Kit Demo

Project: APA102-2020 MicroNova Custom LED Choker

Posted By ddamron

Feb 23rd 2018

I created this choker as a project to demonstrate the new MicroNova APA102-2020 LED strips. Photo by Yeti, edited by Batgirl These addressable LEDs are extremely small, less than 1/4 the size of a standard 5050 LED. This project was built using engineering sample standard MicroNova 99 LED / meter strips . The MicroNova strips we … Continue reading Project: APA102-2020 MicroNova Custom LED Choker

Rick and Morty Portal Gun

Posted By diltuff

Jan 25th 2018

Every year a group of my friends have an engineering Secret Santa. The rules are simple: make something cool for under $20 that requires engineering to complete. In years past we’ve seen Google cardboard VR headsets that are 6DOF, match stick rockets, 3D printed fans that explode when used, 3D printed rockets with cardboard launch … Continue reading Rick and Morty Portal Gun

Special Gift Ocarina Box

Posted By diltuff

Jan 10th 2018

Now that the season of mass gift giving is (temporarily) over, publishing the details on this special gift for a wedding anniversary will not ruin a surprise. So I figured I’d share this personal project that uses simple but smart electronics.

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

Freezer Burn 2017 Pendant

Posted By ddamron

Jul 6th 2017

Freezer Burn is an Alberta Regional Burning Man celebration annually creating a temporary community out on the prairie. A few of us here at Solarbotics attend, and having access to all of the neat technology, we make an effort to bring special projects to the festival. Lit up projects work well since the event is … Continue reading Freezer Burn 2017 Pendant

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

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 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





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