electronics

  • CodeBender.CC Makes It Crazy Easy To Program Your Arduino Board From Your Browser

    CodeBender.CC Makes It Crazy Easy To Program Your Arduino Board From Your Browser

    The official Arduino IDE is a dour piece of software designed for uploading code to the ubiquitous and super-cool micro controller. It is a standalone, non-networked app that isn’t very pretty to look at. But what if you want to share code and upload programs right from your browser? That’s where CodeBender.cc comes in. Read More

  • Circuit Playground Is Adafruit’s Educational Series For Helping Kids Learn About Electronics

    Circuit Playground Is Adafruit’s Educational Series For Helping Kids Learn About Electronics

    Adafruit, the DIY electronics website and marketplace, is espousing the popular strategy of “get em’ young” with a new live action short video series broadcast on YouTube. The series, called Circuit Playground, takes an alphabetical approach to teaching kids about the basics of circuits, components and concepts that will come in handy if the tots watching have aspirations… Read More

  • Makers Can Uses Circuits.io To Prototype Electronics In Their Browser

    Makers Can Uses Circuits.io To Prototype Electronics In Their Browser

    Two lads from Ghent University in Belgium, Karel Bruneel and Benjamin Schrauwen, got tired of the traditional tools used to build electronics manufacturing. Rather than rage silently at their breadboards, the created Circuits.io, a website that lets you create circuits in Chrome and view the rendered PCB. Read More

  • Decide.com Brings Its Price Comparisons To iPad; Reveals Plans To Expand To Household Goods & Cars

    Decide.com Brings Its Price Comparisons To iPad; Reveals Plans To Expand To Household Goods & Cars

    Smart shopping service Decide.com, which started off with a focus on consumer electronics before its recent addition of home appliances, is a unique player in the comparison shopping market. The service doesn’t just return prices and reviews, it actually tells whether to buy or wait to buy a given product by analyzing market conditions, trends, news, product release history, and more. Read More

  • iNdustrial Revolutions

    iNdustrial Revolutions

    To paraphrase Otto von Bismarck, “iPads are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” It’s an ugly story. Over a hundred employees “injured by n-hexane, a toxic chemical that can cause nerve damage and paralysis” because its use “meant workers could clean more screens each minute.” Other workers killed or injured by explosions. All so… Read More

  • Video: Sanwa's power strip with integrated wattage meter

    Japan-based accessory specialist Sanwa Supply hasn’t reinvented the wheel with their newest device [JP], but this power strip, which features an integrated wattage meter, doesn’t look like a bad idea. It basically helps you to keep track of the power consumption of any electronic device that’s connected to either one of its five outlets. Read More

  • Sears starting to take pre-orders on 3D TVs

    Get ready, the 3D revolution will be televised. Sears has started offering pre-order pricing on Samsung’s 3D televisions, with some models expected to be available in stores later this month. Sears is also starting to advertise a Blu-ray player with 3D glasses as well. Read More

  • TSA To Save Print Media? No Electronics On International Flights? What A Joke.

    Before I begin, let me just state that TSA has yet to confirm any of this on its website, so the details aren’t entirely clear at the moment. That said, there are several indications that orders have been issued to cease the use of electronics during international flights. Yes, that means no laptops, no iPods, no Kindles, no CD players, no portable DVD players, no Nintendo DSes… Read More

  • Penny fer a heatsink, guv'nor?

    I’m no rocket therapist but isn’t using a potentially fally-offy penny as a heatsink a bit dangerous in the aggregate but this little test of weird heatsinks is actually pretty cool. They used a few permutations here: paperclip, bolted penny, glued penny, and four pennies in series. The results are startling. Read More

  • Yikes: Circuit City files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    Adios, Circuit City. You will be remembered forever as a not-good-enough version of Best Buy (even though Best Buy is pretty suspect, too.) Yes, Circuit City has officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It did so last week, when we were busy talking about store closings and fake sales. It is, I think, the biggest tech-realted failure (if that’s the right word to use) of… Read More

  • Get ready to pay more for Chinese-made electronics


    Hopefully that doesn’t say anything inappropriate Speculation at Slate today on how you may end up having to pay more for cheap goods, including electronic gizmos, coming from China. No more $30 DVD players, knock-off iPhones and no-name portable media players. We’ll have to stretch our increasingly worthless dollar (well, compared the to Euro) even further, it looks like. Read More