Wednesday Cool Links: All Sorts of Odds ...

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October 10, 2012

With the runaway success of the Useless Box, many of us here at Solarbotics can be assembling the kits in our sleep, even under a dose of tranquilizers, and be orchestrating the two lasers at the same time with no difficulty whatsoever. Just like I used to count transistors for the latest in Soviet Death Ray technology, which was the favourite past time of kids all across Russia in the 80's. Oh, the nostalgia... But as swamped with those fun activities as we are, we still are going to have a Wednesday Cool Links post for your viewing pleasure.

Piranha Plant Circuit Board Keychain: For Your Key-sa-Mario
Remember those plants that would rise from those green (or orange or gray) tunnels in the Super Mario video games and then hide back after a short interval of time? Here's a USB with a print of one of those. Just plug the keychain into your USB port and watch the light at the top of the plant’s mouth light up.
The blog
These are pretty cool articulated robots made out of monochrome plastic bottle parts. Art + recycling + robots, what else could you want?! Check out the stop motion animation on May 2, 2012: these creatures are full of character.
Walking paper
Walking paper robot BIPED. If you can get past the jerky stop-motion assembly, it's an impressive build (walking starts at 3:15).
BitBox's Battery Showdown
It's always every year or so somebody out there does a really comprehensive analysis of the power-supplying capability of AA batteries. Here's a particularly detailed one, from BitBox.
2012 Yeosu EXPO HYUNDAI MOTOR GROUP - Hyper-Matrix
We've been playing around with stepper motors on and off for years, but Hyundai knows how to do a PROPER stepper motor demonstration! (And enjoy the stepper hum!)
The Popinator
We're torn between fact/fiction on this project. Ever try to manipulate the bumpy, irregular, inconsistent surface of a popped kernel? Still, everything else in this video looks cool (and feasible!).
Lakeview Computers Nominated for Top Small Business
One of our awesome distributors is currently being nominated by Alberta Venture as one of the top small businesses in the province. If you appreciate their work, we encourage you to go cast a vote in their favour.

In other news, the outside weather is proving that the world is a  gloomy place. Cold and unwelcoming (to those who don't have a death ray on hand?). How about I retreat to the warehouse and build a Useless Box? Or hundred. If that’s not an option for you, stay warm, have a chai. Or a shot of vodka if you are so inclined.


August 3, 2018
Closed on Monday August 6th

That's it. We've had enough. The weather is just too darn nice outside. So nice, in fact, that we quit. That's right, when Monday rolls around no one is even going to bother coming into the office. You heard us - we'll be closed on Monday, August the 6th. Go ahead and email and leave […]

September 11, 2001
Our sympathy...

Due to the horrific events happening in the USA, Solarbotics cannot guarantee delivery of Priority or Airmail orders for the immediate future. Our sincerest sympathy goes out to the victims of this brutal and cowardly attack. May time relieve you of your sorrow, and the attackers face their justice.

August 6, 2011
Epilog Laser Problems/Solutions, New Pro...

This week, we've had a lot of fun with our Epilog Laser. And by fun, I obviously mean "turmoil and general miserableness". Fortunately, we've sorted the issue out. What I'm going to do is chronicle our pains, describing the exact issue and solution, so that The Googles will index the knowledge for other explorers of […]

December 10, 2002
Book special continues...

Well, the first 100 copies of "Junkbots" have officially been sold. But since I can't get enough of signing the inside cover of every book in the office, we're going to have to extend the offer until the ink in my pen runs out. So the Junkbots book/motor deal will last for until at least […]

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