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History of the Motherboard

History of the Motherboard

Computers and other gadgets cram a ton of componentry onto ever more compact circuit boards. But not that long ago, electronic circuits were anything but efficiently packed onto a small green motherboard. Techquickie looks at how we got from there to here.

EFORGE Electronics 3D Printer

EFORGE Electronics 3D Printer

Electronic Alchemy’s unique 3D printer can output multiple kinds of filaments in a single print, including conductive, resistive, capacitive, and semiconducting ones, allowing it to print out objects with built-in electronic circuits. It’s got eight retractable extruders, so objects can combine up to eight different materials.

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Haynes Build Your Own Kits

Haynes Build Your Own Kits

Known for their in-depth automotive repair manuals, Haynes is now making a series of kits which let you build your own rudimentary gadgets, including a retro LED handheld game, an analog synthesizer, a working amplifier, a film camera, an FM radio, and a Simon-esque memory game.

How PCB Parts Get Soldered On

How PCB Parts Get Soldered On

Every electronic device we rely on uses printed circuit boards. Scotty Allen of Strange Parts takes us inside the PCBWay factory in Shenzhen, China to see how the pros do it in volume, accurately, and with miniscule parts. If you’re interested in how they make the circuit boards themselves, watch this.

How Speech Synthesizers Work

How Speech Synthesizers Work

From Siri, to Google, to Alexa, voice based systems are pretty much ubiquitous these days. But how can a computer speak so many different words so well? The 8-Bit Guy looks back at the early days of digital speech synthesis, and how that led us to today’s innovations.

Vintage Electronics Prop Library

Vintage Electronics Prop Library

When TV shows and movies want to go back in time, they head to an unlikely place, the LES Ecology Center. This Brooklyn, NY urban sustainability organization has found a new use for old E-Waste, operating a prop shop housing thousands of retro gadgets.

Blackwork Cybernetic Tattoos

Blackwork Cybernetic Tattoos

Tattoo artist Georgie Williams specializes in making all black tattoos inspired by circuit boards and technology in general. From single lines to thick blocks of ink, her surprisingly versatile style looks like the mark of a society from the far future.

V-One Circuit Board Printer

V-One Circuit Board Printer

Voltera’s machine lets you print two layer circuit boards right on your desktop. Its plotter lays down layers of silver-based conductive ink, making circuit prototyping and experimentation crazy simple. it can even prep, heat, and reflow solder for surface-mounted components.

Dough Universe Electronic Kits

Dough Universe Electronic Kits

Three sets of educational children’s toys designed to teach basic electronics. Dough Universe comes with colorful conductive dough and circuits that let kids learn about and play with light, sound and motion. The sets are also available separately.

Sony KOOV Blocks

Sony KOOV Blocks

Sony’s KOOV robot construction system is designed to teach kids basic robotic concepts. The colorful blocks snap together, and can be programmed using a graphical interface which runs on tablets and PCs. Modules include buzzers, sensors, and actuators.

DUDE Portable Mixer

DUDE Portable Mixer

Electronic musicians and anyone who needs to combine audio signals will dig Bastl’s miniature mixer which provides five individual channels with up to 20dB gain each in a tiny box that runs on 4 AA batteries. It’s limited only to mono signals, but it’s still a nifty gadget. DUDE!

Snap Circuits Electronics Kits

Snap Circuits Electronics Kits

Elenco’s snap-together electronics kits are a great way for kids and adults to learn the basics of circuit building without tools or soldering. Choose from a variety of different kits which make hundreds of interactive playthings.

Inside Huaqiangbei

Inside Huaqiangbei

A different perspective from Simone Giertz’s visit to Huaqiangbei in Shenzhen, China, The Verge stopped by the massive electronics marketplace which has long been home to countless knock-offs, but has been gradually becoming a center for innovation.

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Tested Visits Huaqiangbei

Tested Visits Huaqiangbei

Oddball inventor and new Tested host Simone Giertz visited Huaqiangbei in Shenzhen, China. It’s arguably the world’s biggest electronics market, offering everything from circuit board components to consumer devices, both legit and fake.

Electronic Doors

Electronic Doors

Electronic tinkerer bd594 is back with another cover version of a classic track, as played by his merry band of old school computer and electronic equipment, this time playing The Doors’ Break on Through to the Other Side. Jump to 2:23 for some vocals.

Lumativ Snapback Cap

Lumativ Snapback Cap

A slick, six-panel snapback hat with an integrated electroluminescent light source. Provides about 8 hours of illumination on a 30 minute charge. Available in blue, green or pink. Video here.

MaKey MaKey

MaKey MaKey

This clever kit lets you turn everyday objects or drawings into working buttons or keyboards for controlling games and other software. As shown in the video, you can even play with your banana.

AlphaSphere

AlphaSphere

A unique electronic music-making plaything, the AlphaSphere is covered with 48 tactile, pressure-sensitive pads which can programmed used to control music software on your computer.

Sketching Electronics

Sketching Electronics

Who says that circuit boards need to look the way they do? Using a conductive pen, ferrous paper and some magnetic conductors, you can turn any sketch into a functional electronic circuit.

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