HVW Sale, Useless Machine, Pitsco

Dave Hrynkiw
July 23, 2010

Fun fact: As I type this out, I'm doing so not while sitting at my desk, but sitting on it. I highly recommend you try it. Probably not very ergonomic, but hey. When the boss temporarily commandeers your chair, you gotta make do with what you got.

So this week we have a few small tidbits. To kick things off, our sister site HVWtech.com is throwin' a bit of a mid-summer shindig. A handful of items will be on sale  each week from a different brand, but quantities are limited so you better check it out quick. There has also been a decent fistful of new items added, including some SparkFun and Gravitron stock. Head on over to check it out.

Most Useless MachineHave you heard of the Most Useless Machine? Well, apparently Stephen Colbert has (hey look, a link for Canadians, too! Dear Comedy Central, making your websites region-specific is stupid). And if you want to make your own such device, we suggest checking out this fantastic tutorial over at MakeProjects. As it turns out, we carry almost all of the items you'll need, such as:

You'll still need to get a hold of the box, wire, and DPDT switch, but we should have enough for you to assemble most of the electronic guts for building something... Useless, apparently.


You know who we like? Our distributors. They're like our top secret super agents that infiltrate foreign lands with their cool business to publicly sell our kits and components. So we'd like to introduce and brand new feature for our news posts - Meet a Distributor!Pitsco logoFirst up are our pals at Pitsco, who focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. They handle all sorts of neat stuff, mainly geared towards schools and education. The best part is that their online store is totally open to everyone. Here's how they describe their company:

In 1971, three teachers started a company with two simple goals. The first was to provide their colleagues much-needed innovative products for teaching technology education concepts. The second was to deliver on the promise of great customer service.

For almost 40 years, their once part-time endeavor has expanded beyond technology education to also cover science, math, and engineering and now serves millions of teachers and students with thousands of innovative, hands-on products and industry-leading customer service. Thousands of activities and projects covering CO2 dragsters, aerospace, sustainable energy, structures, engineering, and more are available. Each activity provides students a motivating, hands-on experience and helps teachers ensure student success in today’s standards-based classrooms.

They've certainly been around for a long time and have an impressive track record. These guys operate right out of Pittsburg, so if you live in the area and need some Solarbotics goods (or any of the other great stuff they carry), give Pitsco a call or check out their site.


Well folks, that about wraps things up. Remember, if you want to review a BeetleBot you better get an email in to chris [at] solarbotics [dot] com really soon. We'll be selecting and emailing the lucky participants at the end of next week.I'm on a horse.Er, desk.

MORE POSTS

April 25, 2016
Solarbotics Raspberry Pi 3 SAFE Assembly...

The instructions for assembling the Pi v3 and the previous acrylic Pi SAFE are quite similar. The only difference between the models is the location of the LED light pipes, so these Pi3 instructions apply generally to all Pi SAFE versions. 1. Your Parts! 8 x 4-40 nuts 8 x 4-40 x 3/8" bolts 2 […]

January 30, 2013
Wednesday Cool Links: Guns, Ice, Space F...

Wednesday is here again, and so is our Cool Links Post. So... weather has been discussed many times (including edible objects falling from the sky), so have been fingers, toes, days of the week. That leaves us pretty bare in terms of generally socially- acceptable topics. Hmmm, how about sports! Did you see that latest... […]

October 10, 2014
Friday New Product: Toolbag, Digital San...

Today we have some fun stuff to play with, mainly Sandbox and Trinket, and their accessories: Sparkfun Tool Bag Kit $34.95 A portable tool bag that includes everything to get you started. Sparkfun Digital Sandbox $74.95 The Digital Sandbox makes learning how to program microcontrollers a snap! Walk through 13 unique and interesting experiments with […]

September 18, 2009
BlinkM, LilyPad, SparkFun

A SparkFun PCB, three BlinkM LEDs, three LilyPads and a PICAXE USB Programmer walk into a bar. The bartender looks up and asks, "What is this, a newspost?" The answer to that question would be YES! Chekkit oot: SparkFun Ardubot Bare PCB BlinkM Smart LED BlinkM MaxM Ultrabright Smart LED BlinkM RGB Blaster LilyPad Temperature […]

1 2 3 253
Solarbotics Ltd Logo
Solarbotics has been operating for more than 25 years, bringing electronics know-how and supplies to both the electronics professional and hobbyist. We'll be happy to help you too!

Solarbotics, Ltd. is not responsible for misprints or errors on product prices or information. For more information, please see our Terms and Conditions.

Warning: This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
Please visit www.P65Warnings.ca.gov for more information. This item was manufactured prior to August 31, 2018.

Copyright © 2024 Solarbotics Ltd. All Rights Reserved
cart