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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!

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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.

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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